Longford Voices United spread festive cheer

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Some of the members of Longford Voices United Gospel Choir, a community based, non-denominational choir. Keep an eye out for their performances over the Christmas period.

Longford Voices United (LVU) Gospel Choir, a community based, non-denominational choir, will be spreading plenty of festive cheer over the Christmas period.

You can expect to hear anything from ABBA to Elvis with LVU as they love to sing pop, rock, trad, folk and dixie as well as gospel songs.

LVU Musical Director Bridie Gӧobl explained, “Our aim is to share our music and singing with various communities in an uplifting and entertaining way.”

She added, “Not only do we sing for nursing home residents but we also contribute to historical commemorations and other public events including Longford Summer Festival, Longford Agricultural Show, Christmas Markets, masses in St Mel’s Cathedral, Harvest Services, weddings and funerals.”

LVU rehearsals (refreshments included), take place weekly on a Thursday evening in the Respond Community Building.

Bridie pointed out, “Our extensive repertoire gives us the ability to adapt our programme to any event we are invited to participate in.”

Current members of LVU are Ann O’Hara, Terri Doherty, Breda Browne, Mary Rooney, Nan McGoey, Liz Kane, Barbara Smyth, Marie Mullen, Anne Kenny, Frances Quinn, Mary Farrell, Marian O’Mahoney, Christine Treacy, Judy Mahon, Columba Quinn, Bairbre O’Connell, Helen Devlin, Michelle Sullivan, Lorraine Leenane, Christine McDonagh, Edmund Byrne, Peter Kelly, Ken Shedwell and Bridie Goӧbl (Musical Director).

Anyone, over the age of 18 years, and who has the ability to sing and can commit to attend weekly practices and events, is welcome to join LVU Gospel Choir.

Men are especially welcome as they continue to be under represented. A complete ‘work-out’ is always guaranteed.

For more information on LVU please contact 087 2101376.

LVU Gospel Choir Christmas events -

Wednesday, December 5: International Volunteer Day, 5pm
Saturday, December 8: Multyfarnham Nursing Home, 2pm
Wednesday, December 12: Active Retirement (Family Centre), 3.30pm
Sunday, December 16: Longford Arms Hotel Christmas Songs & Carols, 6pm
Thursday, December 20: Tesco Longford Centre, 5pm