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Monday 11 December 2017

High Hopes of an Electric Picnic slot for TV choir

The High Hopes Choir
The High Hopes Choir
Jonathan Corrie

Things are on the up for the High Hopes choir.

After recording the Kodaline classic which went to No 1 on iTunes, the group - who banded together to highlight the plight of the homeless - now have high hopes to play a festival like Electric Picnic this summer.

But before that, the choir have plans to play to audiences around the country and record a new CD.

The High Hopes choir was the idea of former principal RTE Concert Orchestra conductor David Brophy.

His aim was to get men and women who are marginalised in society, such as the homeless, to get together to show-off their hidden talents in forming a choir.

Their incredible journey from self-conscious and nervous participants to confident and talented performers was recorded in a documentary aired on RTE last December.

Coincidentally it was broadcast just days after the death on Molesworth Street of Jonathan Corrie (inset) on December 1 last. He featured briefly in the programme.

PLIGHT

Both his death and the documentary created a massive awareness of the plight of the almost forgotten homeless people all over Ireland.

Following the death of Mr Corrie, the Government was forced into action in supplying more beds for those sleeping rough on the city streets.

The High Hopes Choir will feature on Miriam Meets on RTE Radio 1 this Sunday morning.

"We're hoping to play a concert in Waterford at the end of March, and maybe in Cork Opera House before the summer, but we are also aiming for something huge like Electric Picnic as well," David Brophy told the Herald.

"There is enough goodwill to keep it all going and after forming the choir we couldn't as a society just cast them aside after achieving so much," he added.

"More new members have joined now. There is just so much positivity about it that is incredible and well deserved," David explained.

"I remember speaking to Jonathan Corrie last summer when I was putting the choir together and then he died just days before it went out on air.

AWARENESS

"I just couldn't believe that news when somebody rang and told me," he said.

"I was actually in America at the time the programme went out and there was people telling me it had become really big.

"All we were trying to do was raise awareness. I was as ignorant as many people about homelessness before we started," he added.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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