TIME is running out for a local school choir which has secured an audition for TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent, but lacks the cash to travel to it.
The senior choir from Presentation Secondary School were informed last week that they had landed the coveted audition on the popular UK programme – but that it would take place in Glasgow. The 70-member choir will not be going unless they can secure a sum of around E7,000 for travel in the next week.
“We need a very generous benefactor if it’s to happen now,” said choir director Veronica McCarron.
“There would be very few entries from the Republic of Ireland, so it would be worldwide publicity for Kilkenny, and for the youth of Kilkenny and local education.”
There are 85 girls in the choir, but the group going would be 70 in total – as the newer members are not yet familiar with the songs and routines.
“We reckon it would be between E100 and E150 per student, so that’s basically E7,000,” said Ms McCarron
“The flights would have to be booked by the end of this week. At this stage, we aren’t terribly optimistic. We are disappointed, the girls are very disappointed.”
The group had sent a video and a profile of the choir off to the competition last year as an application. They have been left with little time to organise a journey over to Scotland, however.
“We applied last year, and didn’t hear anything more about it, so we didn’t think about it again,” said Ms McCarron.
“Then last week we got an email to say we were through to the audition stages.”
The school does not have the money to fund the trip at present. Parents have contributed to events recently, and it is felt that this one is simply a bridge too far. There is no mechanism within the Britain’s Got Talent competition to provide financial assistance in this sort of scenario.
The choir have had great success in recent years with wins at virtually every choral festival in the country, including Cork and Wesley. They are also currently preparing for the Sligo Choral Festival, which takes place in November.