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2009-01-12 a message from James

Well, I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear that last night went great.

 

St Peter's Church in Drogheda is the perfect acoustic, and such a beautifully intimate church. It was packed...about 450 people. Gillian Johnston, who I was at Primary School since the age of 3 (!!) organised it all. She teaches in Dundalk Grammar School, and her Transition Year Class have taken "Kenya Build", and more specifically the new kitchen as their project. They have many plans ahead for fund-raising, including Fashion Shows, long sponsored walks, bag-packing in supermarkets and much more. Last night's concert had the Dundalk Grammar School Choirs and Orchestra, and several very talented instrumental soloists, a few very good sopranos for me to duet with and ME! Basil Love drove from Sligo with his son Simon to give a short talk and Slide-show. Basil (who also was in class with Gillian and I many years ago)goes to Kenya on Thursday to plan the June trip fully. It was a great night. My accompanist was wonderful, a lady called Mary McCague, who played beautifully. I sang "Because", "Nella Fantasia", "Gortnamona", "Bring him home", "Nessun Dorma", "Night of Silence" with Choir, "The Holy City" with Choir and Orchestra, and duets..."Merry Widow Waltz", "Ave Maria"(Caccini), "Panis Angelicus", "O Holy Night" with soprano, choir and orchestra, and "The Bare Necessities" with the kids and their fabulous 'actions'!!
So far, the night alone raised over 12,000 euro but Gillian says there is more to come in. And they are still fund-raising. They have easily paid for Cheryl's kitchen, and much more. Anyway, just thought you'd all like to know.

 

Thanks everyone, have a great 2009, see some of you soon maybe, and love to each and every one of you!
James.