The Big Sing: Choirs Invited to Take Part in Knock Basilica Concert

‘The Story of Love’ Concert to be Streamed Live to Global Audience

Michael Daly

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Michael Daly

The Big Sing: Choirs Invited to Take Part in Knock Basilica Concert

Choirs from around the world will contribute, among them the Sistine Chapel Choir, Rome.

Choirs from all over the West of Ireland are being invited to join a Universal Choir of Love as part of ‘The Story of Love’ concert taking place in Knock Basilica on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October.

The brainchild of Dublin composer Willie Hughes, this very special concert brings together choirs from around the world, Italian singers and Irish musicians for a unique musical experience.

The concert will end with a massive Universal Choir of Love where Irish choirs live in the Basilica will join with choirs from around the world including the Sistine Chapel Choir, Rome and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir New York who will be joining by video link.

In a ground-breaking finale, led by Knock Basilica Choir and Knock Gospel Choir, the massed choirs will sing the very moving anthem: We Believe It’s All About Love.

Speaking this week, composer Willie Hughes says he is encouraging choirs from all over the West to take part in the concert for the performance of the finale.

“I’m inviting any choir who would like to take part in this very special performance to get in touch with me. The finale is a very simple memorable anthem which is easy and very enjoyable for choirs to learn.”

The concert itself will be streamed live on the website of Pope Francis’ recently launched prayer app. The Pope’s video for the month of October, featuring his prayer intention will also be screened as part of the concert.

A four-part story of love, loss, forgiveness and reconciliation, the Story of Love will be told through song and screen presentations. A human love story is paralleled by the story of the love God has for humankind and creation.

The concert has a production team of top Irish professionals including Niamh White, former director of The Late Late Show and Mark Cahill music producer for Liam Lawton.

“Concert goers will be greatly entertained by beautiful singing, musical and artistic performance. They will come away with inspiration and hopefully a deeper trust in the goodness in the world,” says Hughes.

Choirs wishing to take part in the concert are asked to contact Willie Hughes on williehughes@eircom.net or on 087 244 7847

Tickets for the Story of Love concert are available fromwww.ticketmaster.ie and from the Bookshop and Mass Card Office, Knock Shrine, Tel 094 93 88100/75030.