Local student orchestra to play for Cancer Care West

Local student orchestra to play for Cancer Care West

NUI Galway’s Medical Orchestra will play a medley of fantastic music, including an original composition next week in aid of Cancer Care West.

An original piece of music composed and arranged by Máirtín O Connor and Garry O Briain folds medicine into the music with a  background involving the sounds emanating from a chemotherapy machine as the infusion reaches the patient.

The piece, described as “an Ode to healing”, captures rhythms and the translation of sounds to musical notation and arrangement for all sections of the orchestra.

David O’Donnell from Cancer Care West said, “Cancer Care West are thrilled to be the benefiting charity from this very unique fundraising event.”

“Funds raised will help support cancer patients and their families who are attending our Support Centre on Seamus Quirke Road.”

The Medical Orchestra at NUI Galway is part of the Arts in Action programme that gives medical students a chance to express themselves through music and find yet another way to help the community.

Joining them on stage for this charity concert next Wednesday will be an ensemble of musical guests including Jim Higgins, The Smiths, Carl Hession, Matthew Berrill and Mary McPartlan.

Speaking about this special concert, Mary McPartlan, Artistic Director of Arts in Action at NUI Galway, said:

“The orchestra has been in existence now for ten years and its main aim has always been to enrich and support the medical students, in reaching their own individual creative spaces, thereby supporting their overall wellbeing, their academic endeavor and their work in the study of medicine.”

Tickets for this charity concert cost €15, with all proceeds going to Cancer Care West, and can be bought on their website or at the door on the night.

The concert will take place at the O’Donoghue Centre at NUI Galway on at 6pm on Wednesday, December 5.

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