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Celebrating Kyra’s ‘zest for life’

Swirling spring sounds, uplifting melodies and beautiful vocal works will soon fill the Omagh air as part of a charity concert to celebrate the amazing life of Kyra McKinley.

Organised and presented by 22-year-old Calvin Davison, ‘An Evening of Music and Song’ will see the best of local talent take to the stage at First Omagh Presbyterian’s Rowan Hall to help raise money for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

The ecletic and varied concert will feature the vocal talents of Calvin, accompanied by Omagh Academy’s head of music, Rachel Bingham on piano, Keane Davison on vocal and guitar, the ‘Omagh Music Society’, ‘Ardess Chamber Choir’, a new vocal chamber works group lead by David Baxter, talented soprano, Gerarda McCann and famous violin duo, the ‘Kelly Brothers’, Aidan and Donal, who will add a folk element into the mix.

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Kyra was a popular and musically-talented ‘songbird’ from Omagh who sadly died last summer, aged 21, after being involved in a car crash.

Concert host, Calvin, a fourth year student of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, was in the same year group as Kyra when he attended Omagh Academy, and described her as being a ‘good friend’ who ‘enjoyed all-things music’.

As such, the 22-year-old from Omagh was inspired to host the special event for Kyra as part of his college module which tasked him to ‘do something to make a difference in the community’.

“I could have easily arranged something in Manchester as that’s where I live, but I wanted to come home to Omagh to do something for Air Ambulance NI and to remember Kyra,” he said.

“I hope the concert, full of spring songs, will showcase local talent and bring the community together, while honouring Kyra’s bubbly and vivacious nature and the zest for life that she had.

“I am very excited to bring the concert to the local community,” Calvin added.

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“It will be well-worth going to, and it is for a fantastic cause.”

Ahead of the concert, Calvin has expressed his thanks to First Omagh Presbyterian Church for the use of their hall, and to all the acts who have volunteered their time freely and to everyone who can come along and donate to the wonderful cause.

• ‘An Evening of Music and Song’ will take place on Friday, April 26 at 7.30pm at Rowan Hall, First Omagh Presbyterian Church. All proceeds raised will go directly to Air Ambulance NI, and the suggested donation of £10 is payable at the door.

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