CIT Cork School of Music to Present RHYTHM AND JINGLE Benefit Concert for CUH Children's Unit

CIT Cork School of Music to Present RHYTHM AND JINGLE Benefit Concert for CUH Children's Unit

The CIT Cork School of Music Percussion Department gets together once again with Voiceworks Studio for an afternoon of music-making in aid of the CUH Children's Unit.

This fun, family Christmas Concert, with M.C. Evelyn Grant (RTE Lyric FM) will feature the CSM Junior Percussion Ensemble, Voiceworks Singers, and CUH "Scrubs" Choir. Special guests are Gemma Sugrue (founder of Voiceworks) & Stephen Kelly (percussion teacher at CSM and member of the RTE Concert Orchestra) - following the huge success of their performances with 2FM's Jenny Greene, live with the RTE Concert Orchestra, recreating 90s dance classics at Electric Picnic, the 3 arena, the Marquee, Cork and the Galway Arts Festival.

There will be a mix of pop hits, classic Christmas songs and rousing percussion music to entertain all ages in what promises to be an exciting concert for a great cause.

The concert will raise funds for the CUH Children's Unit, which is attended by over 30,000 children on an annual basis. Cork University Hospital is a specialist centre for children with a range of chronic illnesses including Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Epilepsy. CUH Charity's goal is to transform CUH Children's Unit into a single centre of excellence for Munster and give all children the services and care they truly deserve.

CUH Charity is fundraising for a new 80 bed Inpatient Children's Unit as part of a Phase II development of the new unit. The new facility, when built, will include new operating theatres and four new separate High Dependency Rooms. Funds raised will help purchase items such as new parent sleeping facilities, medical and respiratory equipment, high-grade medical cots and a sensory room for children with intellectual and physical needs.

An integral part of the concert is the participation of the SCRUBS-CUH Workplace choir, which was specially formed in June 2015 to take part in the RTE lyric FM Workplace choir competition and was delighted to reach the final in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Membership of SCRUBS is open to current and retired staff of the Cork University Hospital campus. It currently has over 50 members and every major department is represented - doctors, nurses, admin, catering, porters and allied health professionals. Last November, SCRUBS were guest artistes in the 'STRICTLY CUH' dance spectacular in the Opera House; this was followed by an appearance on the 'Today' Christmas TV show on RTE1 and a trip to Birmingham to take part in 'Britain's Got Talent'. In 2017, SCRUBS again reached the final of the Workplace Choir event in UCH Limerick, and recently sang live on Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive on RTE lyric FM. The choir's most recent award was for Best Vocals in the ShowChoir of Ireland finals. SCRUBS has quickly become an invaluable asset for the hospital in celebrating both joyous and sad occasions including the Christmas carol service, memorial masses for departed colleagues and nurse graduation ceremonies. Next year, the choir plans to travel to Vienna to take part in the international festival there. The musical director of SCRUBS is CSM graduate, Patrick Dalton and their accompanist is Joseph Norton.

All proceeds from 'Rhythm & Jingle' go to the CUH Children's Unit. Last year's concert raised over €2,100 so anyone who wants to have a good time on Sunday afternoon (10th December) should come on down to the magnificent Curtis Auditorium to share some Christmas cheer! Suggested donation is €8 per person.

If you wish to donate directly to thus worthy cause, visit www.cuhcharity.ie.

'Rhythm & Jingle' takes place on Sunday 10th December at 2pm at the Cork School of Music.


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