Dublin Youth Choir: Sleep, Little Child - Grace O'Duffy
Music making and social impact - Voices for Change scheme by DYC
On the theme of ‘music making and social impact’, each year the Dublin Youth Choir, under the baton of conductor and director Dr Lynsey O'Callaghan, it partners with a charity and performs at an event to raise funds for that charity. The charity is also invited to facilitate an information session for the members of DYC, describing the work that they do and the importance of the choir’s fundraising for their activities. This is called our ‘Voices for Change’ scheme. The charity for 2021–2022 is the Peter McVerry Trust. Dublin Youth Choir was looking forward to performing at the Peter McVerry Trust’s Christmas Carol Concert in December 2021. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, the concert was cancelled. This concert is an important fundraiser for the Peter McVerry Trust and so the singers wanted to raise some much-needed funds to support their incredible work. They recorded a piece, ‘Sleep, Little Child’ which was written by Grace O'Duffy, a member of Dublin Youth Chamber Choir. Grace is actually still in school and only started composing when Lynsey O'Callaghan set up the Cross Border Youth Choir Composer Club during lockdown in April 2020. She is pretty incredible.