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Every Voice Fringe Festival Arrives in Strabane!

21 September 2018

Local audiences are encouraged to come along to the Alley Theatre in Strabane to enjoy an extravaganza of choral singing, when an army of local singers from the Derry, Strabane and Donegal choirs come together on Friday, 28th September to perform individual pieces and new collaborations under the theme of Joy!

The Stand Up and Sing! Gala concert will begin a month-long celebration of all things choral in Derry and Strabane under the programme of the Every Voice Fringe Festival, a new community singing festival, produced by Derry choir, Allegri, in association with the City of Derry International Choir Festival.

The diverse range of singers will perform together in concert after just four intensive weekly rehearsals led by Maurice Kelly, Every Voice Fringe Festival Creative Director. In addition to audience favourites, the massed choir will perform the premiere of a piece specially commissioned for the Festival entitled ‘Every Voice’, by Dr Shane Lynch, a noted US music professor and composer as well as City of Derry International Choir Festival 2018 adjudicator. Lyrics have been penned by talented local poet, Mícheál McCann, a recent graduate of The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast.

The event will also see the debut of the new choir comprising students from Strabane’s Class Act Theatre Group, run by Leah McCay and Ryan Quinn. The group, which was formed in 2012, has quickly established a strong reputation with their high calibre of training and their new venture promises to continue that success.

During the week of the choral festival itself, running from 20th to 28th October, local people will be able to catch informal performances in both locations as hotels, shops and community centres such as Asda and St Pat’s Hall, become music venues.

Tickets are available now from the Alley Theatre website at www.alley-theatre.com, priced at £8 with a £5 concessionary rate. The theatre and Masala Indian Restaurant are also offering a pre-theatre meal deal ticket package for £20, including a glass of wine.