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Gift of Christmas concert in Beragh

The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Beragh will provide an ideal setting on Sunday, December 9 when two of Ireland’s best known performers stage their ‘Gift of Christmas’ concert.

For the past number of years, Malachi Cush and Karl McGuckin have staged their ‘Celebration of Christmas Music’ at larger venues, including the Cathedrals in Armagh and Downpatrick.

Now they are bringing their concert to more intimate venues, including Beragh, where they will be joined by Sixmilecross Operatic Tenor, Brian McNamee and special guests, The Omagh Community Youth Choir.

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“It’s great to be bringing the concert to Beragh and our hope is that there will be a very special atmosphere in the local church on Sunday week,” Malachi Cush told the Ulster Herald.

“We try to remain true to the Christmas message. So many concerts can turn into something more secular, but the Gift of Christmas aims to respect the dignity of the season.

“The Gift of Christmas has been staged at mostly larger venues in the past few years. Coming to somewhere like Beragh gives us the opportunity to get closer to the audience than might be the case in a larger Cathedral.

“It’s also great to have Brian McNamee performing with us in his home church. I have admired his work with the Omagh Community Youth Choir and he has been a great exponent of Irish music.”

Malachi and Karl are accompanied on the tour by an assemble of four musicians. He says his hope is that people will emerge from the concert enriched.

“I am a believer in the true message of Christmas and our hope is that the people who come to our concert will receive and be guided by the eternal message of peace and love,” he added.

“Each of us is really looking forward to the concert and hope that it provides people with the opportunity to stop and reflect on the real meaning and the Gift of Christmas.”

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The night promises to be one that will live long in the memory of all three performers who will bring their own distinct personalities to the stage.

On the night the trio will perform some of the most loved songs of Christmas, uplifting songs from the screen and stage and create the perfect atmosphere in the beautiful surroundings of the Immaculate Conception Church in Beragh.

Brian McNamee is a frequent performer on the opera stage, as a soloist or chorus member, most notably with NI Opera, the Buxton Festival and recently Opera North. Recent and upcoming engagements have seen Brian perform with Northern Ireland Opera, Opera North, The Xi-an Symphony Orchestra in Xi-an China, Reisopera in the Netherlands and currently he is performing with Opera North in the award winning Silent Night by Kevin Putts.

While at home in Northern Ireland, he is the assistant Musical Director of the Omagh Community Youth Choir, who are the very special guests on the night. The well known local cross community choir are this year celebrating their 20th anniversary and had an incredible tour this past summer to Nashville USA, the home of country music.

Having made their presence felt internationally over the past 20 years, it’s concerts right here at home that matter the most to the choir.

The group tirelessly work with other artists and charities to further worthy causes and through their music their message of peace and reconciliation they have touched the hearts and minds of people around the globe.

• Tickets, priced at £20 are now on sale in local outlets in Beragh, Sixmilecross and Seskinore and at Top News and Jean’s Country Music Store in Omagh and Sheehy’s in Cookstown. They can also be obtained from the sacristy at Beragh, Drumduff and Seskinore churches and by contacting the Parish Office on 028 8075 8206.

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