ByrneWallace Workplace Choir join host of well-known musical acts at fundraising concertThursday, 29 November 2018
On Thursday, 22 November, the ByrneWallace workplace choir, Legally Sound, performed at the National Concert Hall, as part of a national fundraising concert, Aidlink for Turkana.
The purpose of the concert was to help raise awareness and vital funds to support the work of Aidlink Ireland, which enables communities in Africa tackle poverty, and Girl Child Network Kenya, which supports the promotion of more girls attending school and gaining an education.
In front of a packed auditorium of 900 guests, workplace and community choirs were paired to perform with well-known Irish musical acts which included Wallis Bird, Cathy Davey, The Pale, Mundy, David Keenan, David Kitt. The ByrneWallace Choir Legally Sound was paired with Irish band, The Pale. The performers were joined onstage by Mercy Musomi and Peris Mootian, two members of the Girl Child Network, who spoke about the impact of their work in Kenya and the work of Aidlink.
Commenting about the event, Aidlink Senior Programme Officer Tom O’Connor said, “Aidlink aims to link communities in Ireland and Africa and Aidlink for Turkana was a shining example of how people - in this case musicians, choirs and an audience – can come together to collectively raise our voices, funds and hopes for a better future for people in Turkana, Northern Kenya. Our thanks to Legally Sound and The Pale, as well as all the other choirs and artists who performed on the night.”
The ByrneWallace choir, which was founded in late 2016, has previously performed at this concert with The Pale, and earlier this year, as a result of the concert, the choir was invited by the band to appear on stage with them at Whelan’s, Dublin, as backing singers.
The choir brings together voices from across the firm and held their first performance of Christmas carols for staff in December 2016. They entered the National Workplace Choir of The Year Competition (in association with Lyric FM) for the first time in April 2017, progressing to the Finals that year. At this year’s competition, the choir was placed Runner Up at the Workplace Choir of the Year Final.
“A shared commitment to corporate responsibility is one of the key values at ByrneWallace,” said Managing Partner Feargal Brennan. “We support a wide variety of organisations and charities which work in many different sectors and with many different social issues. We have a well-established Corporate Responsibility programme, based on a number of elements, including pro bono work, local involvement and volunteerism and actively encourage and support staff participation. We believe actively contributing to these initiatives can be enormously rewarding as well as helping to cement a sense of collegiality and team spirit."
“We are delighted once again to have this opportunity to support and participate in the Aidlink for Turkana Concert and help raise awareness for the great work which Aidlink undertakes in Kenya.”
For more information on Aidlink and to support the campaign to raise funds to combat poverty in Africa, click here
Pictured: Legally Sound performing at the Aidlink for Turkana Concert in the National Concert Hall with The Pale