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A new and very exciting opportunity has appeared for the choir – the chance to perform in front of an audience of almost 3000 people in New York’s Carnegie Hall, perhaps the best-known concert hall in the world.

Distinguished Concerts International New York (www.DCINY.org) have invited the Children’s Choir to travel to New York in June 2018 to take part alongside other outstanding youth choirs in the world premiere of a new work by the well-known Venezuelan composer and conductor Dr Cristian Grases. Dr Grases, who holds a number of academic appointments in the field of choral music in the USA, will conduct the work himself. The choir will have the chance to spend a few days in rehearsals and workshops before the performance and  will also be able to see something of the great city of New York. 

In his letter inviting Westport Children’s Choir to New York for this once-in-a lifetime event, Dr Jonathan Griffith, the co-founder and artistic director of DCIN, said,  “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support”.


And now, how to get to Carnegie Hall?

The old joke asks, “Can you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?” and the answer is “Practice, practice, practice!”. Westport Children’s Choir have certainly followed that advice, and the next step is for their own community to rally round these talented young people to make this extraordinary opportunity into a reality for them. Eriko Hopkinson says, “I have great faith in our children’s ability to represent our town, and to showcase the unique musical talent that the West has to offer. I have been encouraging the children to look beyond the horizon by giving them a challenge and a goal to achieve every year.  They are eager to seize the opportunity before them, and community support will be an integral part of this process.”  


Westport Children’s Choir  operates without any public financial support but it will not be possible for the choir to make the trip to New York without some external financial help. The total cost of sending 21 young singers on the trip comes to over €29,000, so we are aiming to raise €30,000.


Would you be willing to play a part in helping to send Westport Children’s Choir to New York? If so, please contact Brid Chambers, chairperson of the fundraising committee, on 0876994742, email bridchambers@gmail.com