Music for India

Habemus (2008)

After a sell-out concert in Prague, two international chamber choirs reunite in Dublin to help combat poverty in India. On Wednesday 29 October at 8.00, Saint Bartholomew’s will host the second meeting of Habemus (Ireland) and Acant (the Czech Republic). The evening promises to bring together the best of choral music through the works of Bruckner, Lauridsen, Stanford, Rachmaninov and others. The evening will also see a lighter side of both choirs with a few nice surprises for the audience! Habemus comprises of 17 singers selected from various Dublin-based choirs and university scholarship programmes. Performing predominantly outside of Ireland in venues throughout Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic and the UK, Habemus have also appeared as a guest choir in masses, services, concerts, and corporate events across the country. Acant, comprising of 19 trained singers chosen from all areas of the Czech Republic, have just finished travelling throughout Eastern Europe as a guest choir in gospel, spiritual and choral concerts. The second joining of these international choirs is to promote awareness and raise funds for a particular international charity. Jeevodaya, founded by Fr Gerard Valavan in 1992, has fostered thousands of underprivileged children of all ages, in Child Care Learning Centres located in ‘slum’ regions of Bangalore, India. Jeevodaya’s focus is to educate and rehabilitate the most disadvantaged children in India, giving hope and prosperity for a better life in the future to many local communities. All proceeds from the evening will be directly given to Fr Valavan. Tickets €8; students / senior citizens €5) can be reserved now.