An audience at St Patrick’s Gateway Centre in Waterford city were treated to mind-blowing performances at Mount Sion CBS Secondary School's first-ever Christmas concert on Sunday night.
Established six years ago, the 25 choir members - ranging from 12 to 19 years of age - are celebrating a sensational year. The students won a silver medal at an international choral festival in Prague, performed at the University Concert Hall in Limerick, met The Kingdom Choir, recorded a song with Don Mescall in London and recently featured on Winning Streak as part of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
"It has been an unbelievable year," Mount Sion choir director Colette Kearney tells Waterford Live.
"I'm a science teacher so you can imagine what this year has been like for me. I have to pinch myself every day when I think about it. Of the three teachers involved with the choir, none of us are music teachers and we don't even have music as a subject in the school. There were doubts that it would work when we first started the choir and now look how far we have come - that’s what makes it amazing."
Colette - who is originally from Cahir in County Tipperary - says the Christmas concert was "extra special" because the choir had talented girls sing with them at the festive occasion.
Ursuline Waterford fifth year student Jessica Reinl's performance alongside Mount Sion graduate Christopher Halligan captured the audience's hearts, with Colette also praising "phenomenal singer and entertainer" Niamh McKnight for travelling from Carrick-on-Suir for nightly rehearsals ahead of the Christmas concert.
The choir's charity single Your Love Carries Me - which was recorded with Limerick singer Don Mescall - will come out ahead of World Cancer Day on February 4. "In February, we are going to ask choirs across the world to sing Your Love Carries Me. Funds raised from it will go to Solas Cancer Support Centre in Waterford, CanTeen Ireland and CanCare4Living," Colette adds.