Unique Choir to Perform in European Parliament
Five Irish MEP’s, coordinated by Marian Harkin MEP have joined together to fund a visit to the European Parliament for the High Hopes Choir which was formed to provide an alternative method of therapy for people experiencing problems of addiction and homelessness.
The five, Nessa Childers, Luke Ming Flanagan, Brian Hayes, Deidre Clune and Marian Harkin are bringing the choir to the European Parliament as an expression of respect for what they have achieved and to support a new approach towards tackling problems arising from homelessness and addiction in Ireland and throughout the EU.
The choir will perform in the Parliament on Monday next, March 20th in the context of the St. Patrick’s Day period with an invited audience from the EU institutions and the Irish community in Brussels. The event will be opened by Ireland’s European Commissioner Phil Hogan.
The High Hopes Choir consists of three units from Dublin, Waterford and Cork and was created by David Brophy former principal conductor of the RTE concert orchestra. He described the opportunity provided by the five MEPs as a heartening political recognition of the major effort that the individual choir members had made in participating in the High Hopes project and their continued commitment to it.
Speaking on behalf of the sponsoring MEPs Marian Harkin said that problems associated with homelessness and addiction required a range of approaches and the creation of the High Hopes Choir represented a new and welcome Irish development which would now be shared with Europe.