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SCRUBS, the Cork University Hospital workplace choir, in conjunction with the Arts Committee of CUH and the South/South West Hospitals Group, is hosting the second annual Celebration of Health Service Choirs on Saturday February 24 2018.

The event features a wonderful evening of choral entertainment provided by seven healthcare choirs from Cork city and beyond. The formal singing will be followed by a session of informal entertainment where individual choir members are welcome to sing solo and play musical instruments or choirs can sing more songs together.

Refreshments will be served at the interval during which a raffle will take place. A full bar service will be available throughout the evening.


SCRUBS-CUH Workplace choir was formed in June 2015 to take part in Lyric FM Workplace choir competition and was delighted to reach the final in the National Concert Hall. SCRUBS has over 50 members, made up of current & retired staff from Cork University Hospital campus. Every major department is represented – doctors, nurses, admin, catering, porters and allied health professionals. It is primarily a group of people who want to unwind after a hard day’s work by singing in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. Their conductor is Patrick Dalton and the accompanist is Joseph Norton.

Bravehearts Choir was founded five years ago for the purpose of providing a supportive environment where cancer patients, survivors and carers could come together through music. They rehearse on a weekly basis. Rehearsals are informal, relaxed and friendly. No experience is required just a willingness to participate and perform. Their conductor is Catherine Buckley and the accompanist is Ciaran Ahern.

Bantry Community Choir was established in 2014 with a belief in the benefits of music and singing to positive mental health and wellbeing for all. The choir works in close partnership with West Cork Mental Health Services and West Cork Development Partnership. The choir strives to serve the community of Bantry and the wider community of Cork through quality choral music performances and through a friendly, supportive, inclusive environment of shared musical experience. Their conductor and accompanist is Susan McManamon.

Finphonics, Saint Finbarr’s Hospital Staff Choir, was established when a number of departments were relocating to the Campus. It provides an opportunity for singers to make friends on site. Finphonics currently includes singers from areas such as family support, laboratory science, outpatient clinics, procurement, public health medicine and finance. Their conductor is Bernadette Kiely and the accompanist is Joseph Norton.

Westgate Choir, Ballincollig, was founded in 1995 and has been a much treasured part of Westgate Foundation over the last 23 years. Westgate Foundation is an older people’s organisation established to provide services and supports to older people that enable them to live in their own community and to fully enjoy their lives. The choir is all about nurturing the talent of its members, enjoying the experience of singing and performing with others and very importantly it is about having fun through music. Their conductor is Clíona O’Riain and the accompanist is Dave O’Sullivan.

Niche Sing Your Heart Out Choir from Knocknaheeny started in 2015.  The group was set up by Pat Sheehan Corbett to promote positive mental health. This is done through natural voice, breathing and song, but the main focus of running this type of group is on having fun and friendships. Between 20 to 28 participants attend the group each week. Their conductor is Pat Sheehan Corbett.

Cobh Active Retired are a group of 24 singers from Cobh Active Retirement. They are also known as SWELS (seniors with energetic life style). Some of the group have been part of other choirs and others are singing for the very first time. Their conductor is Pat Sheehan Corbett.

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Venue: Highfield Rugby Club, Woodleigh Park, Model Farm Road, Cork
Time: 7.30pm

Admission is free to staff but advance booking is necessary. If you would like to attend, please contact Edelle Nolan, Arts Officer HSE Ireland East and South before 4pm on Friday 23 February: | 086-7714617


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