The SSE Airs and High Hopes Choir raise more than the roof at charity concert in Dublin
The SSE Airs, SSE Airtricity’s workplace choir, were on song as they performed alongside the High Hopes Choir at St. Andrew’s Church in Dublin on Friday 5 June. The concert was sponsored by SSE Airtricity, with all proceeds going to the Dublin Simon Community, Focus Ireland, and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
There was something for everyone in the audience, with both choirs singing a mix of pop, traditional and choral music. The two groups sang some favourites from their respective repertoires, before joining forces for songs including “Hallelujah”, “Lean on Me” and “The Auld Triangle”. In total, over €3,500 was raised through tickets sales and a raffle on the night.
The special guests on the night, the High Hopes Choir, are Ireland’s first choir comprised entirely of people affected by homelessness. The choir were recently the subject of a popular three-part RTÉ documentary, and have captivated audiences in Dublin and Waterford with their performances.
SSE Airtricity’s Stuart Hobbs, who was the MC for the evening, commented: “It was a lot of fun! The two choirs performed brilliantly and kept the audience thoroughly entertained. Most importantly, the event raised over €3,500 for three very worthy causes, which is something to be truly proud of.”
Ruaidhrí O’Dalaigh, the SSE Airs’ conductor, said: “The most important thing is that we raised money for three fantastic charities. I also hope we showed that singing is ultimately about enjoyment. The buzz and camaraderie that can come from singing in a choir is incredible. I honestly think it’s something everyone should try. The High Hopes Choir are an inspiring group, and their progress just goes to show the power that singing can have.”