They’ve been around the world, but there is no place like home for the Omagh Community Youth Choir.
Having recently returning from their ten day Nashville Tour, where they performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the choir are now back in familiar surroundings and looking forward to a homecoming concert in the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday, August 25 at 7.30pm.
The concert has extra special meaning as it also marks the 20th anniversary since the choir’s formation in the aftermath of the Omagh bomb.
Since then they been travelling to America and around the world sharing their message of peace.
Fittingly, that message of peace and reconciliation was once again shared to the world on Sunday when past choir members from the last two decades joined the current crop of talented young singers for a special performance at the Omagh bomb memorial service.
The choir’s founder and musical director, Daryl Simpson said, “Sunday was an emotional day for everyone who took part in the service and all those who attended. I think it was nice that we were able to invite back former members and see the close bonds and friendships that have been formed through the choir, and be able to share that sense of remembrance.”
Having performed mainly in church settings around the town, the choir’s forthcoming gig in the Strule will be their first performance at the local theatre in a few years.
Looking forward to the homecoming concert next weekend, Daryl said, “We will be singing some new songs as well as songs that will be familiar to those who have followed the choir over the past 20 years.
“We will also be sharing stories, sights and scenes from our trip to Nashville.
“We hope to have a full house and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets early and come out and support this extremely talented young choir.”
The choir will be conducted by Daryl and accompanied by musicians Brian McNamee, Bronagh Broderick and Paul Hughes.
Tickets for the homecoming concert in the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday, August 25 at 7.30pm are £10 each or family tickets for £30. They are available from the Strule box office 02882247831 or online.