Waterford Healing Arts Trust brings us closer to Christmas with performances by two wonderful Waterford choirs at University Hospital Waterford, Mon 18 Dec.
Trinity Gospel Choir will give a lunchtime performance at 1.15pm and the Waterford Solas Choir will perform in the evening at 7pm. These performances are part of WHAT’s Healing Sounds in the Foyer programme of monthly live music performances which aims to promote the positive relationship between music, health and wellbeing and to reduce stress and anxiety for patients, visitors and staff. This programme is kindly sponsored by AIB Ardkeen. Admission free, all welcome. Further details are available at www.waterfordhealingarts.com or 051 842664.
Trinity Gospel Choir, 1.15pm Trinity Gospel Choir was formed in 2014 and represents the diverse strands of faith and ethnicity in Waterford today. The choir often performs in both cathedrals in the city and at many diverse events in the community. Led by Musical Director Colette McInerney, the choir’s accompanists are Jay Shanahan on piano and Nataliya O’Neill on violin. Aside from wowing audiences in the county, the choir has shared the bill with top Irish artists including Eleanor McEvoy, Mick Hanly and Niamh Murray at events over the last two years. In addition, they have sung for a live broadcast of The Sunday Eucharist on RTE One.
Waterford Solas Choir, 7pm Formed in both Waterford and Dungarvan in January 2017, Solas Choirs were established as a new service for clients and friends of the Solas Cancer Support Centre. The Waterford Solas Choir is led by Choral Director Julie Quinlan and their aim is to bring both enjoyment and therapeutic benefits to themselves and the audience through singing. Chairman Dr Brian Creedon further explains “We hope to bring people who have been affected by cancer together on a weekly basis to sing, have fun together and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of music.” The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the South East. These services are available in their centre at Williamstown in Waterford City and in their West Waterford service based in the Alternative Health Clinic in Dungarvan. For details on these free services visit the website www.solascentre.ie.
Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website www.artsandhealth.ie