Waterford High Hopes Choir
Recognising the healing power of music, this choir was established to assist people in their recovery from addiction, abuse, mental health issues, serious illness and the effects of homelessness.
The High Hopes Choir was formed in 2014 by renowned conductor David Brophy, as part of a project in conjunction with RTE to make a documentary highlighting the issue of homelessness. Now known as the WATERFORD High Hopes Choir, their membership is now not exclusively for homeless people, although they still have some of the original members, who, thankfully, now have accommodation. Membership has broadened to include people with variety of issues, whilst also having members who just want to sing and help out in any way that they can.
The choir is open to those aged 18 and upwards. Everyone is welcomed with open arms. They are very relaxed, have good craic and everyone gets on really well. There are no auditions or criteria for joining, all are welcome. All members are just passionate about music, singing and making friends.
Since the choir was formed they have performed some high profile events, including The Late Late Show, Electric Picnic, Altogether Now Festival, for the Pope in Croke Park, St. Mary’s Church, Nenagh with The Celtic Tenors and The In Tune for Life Orchestra. They also perform at local secondary schools and nursing homes.