The UCD Christmas Concert is due to take place this year on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30pm in the Astra Hall. This year’s concert is being organised in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation society in UCD, Wishmakers on Campus. The foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
UCD Students’ Union Welfare Officer Mícheál Gallagher said the occasion “is the biggest inter-society event in UCD this semester and it is all in aid of the Make-a-Wish foundation. The idea is that you are giving the gift of a wish to a child who is sick at Christmas time but you are also giving the gift of some good music and some good company.”
The night has been predominantly organised by Maria Adewusi, a UCD Student, and will be hosted by two committee members from CTN (Campus Television Network). Tickets to the event cost €2 on the door, with all proceeds going towards the Make-a-Wish foundation.
The deal with the Make-a-Wish foundation is an important aspect of this year’s Christmas Concert and raising funds for the charity is a priority for all those involved: “It was really from Maria Adewusi; she wanted to give back to the children who really were in need and children for whom this could be their last Christmas, and she wanted to give something special back to them. We are very lucky to have the wish-makers here on campus in UCD, the very first Make-a-Wish college society in the country. We worked very closely with them in setting it up and promoting it,” Gallagher said.
Numerous societies have gotten involved as the organisation process progressed, with ArtsSoc, DramSoc, EngSoc, ComedySoc and An Cumann Gaelach among others confirmed. The Students’ Union has been helping with the organisation and the night promises performances from the Choral Scholars and TradSoc, as well as UCD’s Symphony Orchestra, who recently performed a sold out show at the National Concert Hall.
The Orchestra performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony along with multi-award winning UCD Choral Scholars, the UCD Philharmonic Choir and a quartet of international soloists in a concert featuring over 200 performers, as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations
Gallagher hopes that the concert will draw in a large crowd of students: “We are hoping for a big turn-out. It is only €2 on the door and every penny goes to Make-a-Wish Ireland. It is going to be great craic, it will get the festive cheer going, and there are only four more Tuesdays untill Christmas. We are really hoping for a big turn-out for a good cause.”