A unique collaboration of deaf and hearing students raised their voices and hands on the stage of the Helix in March as part of the Emmanuel concert series. For the first time students from St Mary’s Girls School for the deaf in Cabra took part in the concert’s, involving over two thousand secondary school students from all over Dublin. This liturgical music programme for second level schools in this Diocese had a third day to facilitate the full complement of 2,200 students (over 700 a day) enrolled from 60 schools. One of the advantages of this programme is that it offers students and teachers a liturgical music repertoire for school Masses including Graduations and the feedback is that those preparing liturgies are using the material they have come to know and love. During the year the students practice in their own schools. On the day of the performance in The Helix they come together  to practice and attend workshops on a range of spiritual topics. This project is managed by Grainne Clinton of the Liturgy Resource Centre with the generous co-operation of other members of staff on the Clonliffe campus. Ian Callanan is the music director and will conduct the orchestra andchorus on the night.

On Tuesday 5.3.12 girls from the deaf choir joined students from St Dominic’s College in Cabra and Belvedere College at a special musical preview of the 2012 Emmanuel series with RTE presenter Miriam O’ Callaghan and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin. Emmanuel is one of the largest events of live spiritual music to take place in Dublin every year. Pic shows Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and RTE presenter Miriam O’ Callaghan taking part this morning (5.3.12) in the musical preview of the 2012 Emmanuel concerts which take place next week in the Helix Dublin. Pic John Mc Elroy.