Stories don’t get more moving than the tale of The High Hopes Choir. The choir was the subject of a three part documentary on RTE back in 2014, focusing on the lives of people touched by homelessness as they formed a choir and went on to achieve a number one single two years in a row with their version of Kodaline’s ‘High Hopes’. If typing this is enough to move me to an emotional wreck, their live poignant performance on the Trailer Park stage is on another level.
The rain isn’t enough to ruin our parade, as a cheerful crowd gather in anticipation of the choir. They completely fill the stage and launch into stunning renditions of old favourites ‘Man in the Middle’ and ‘Stay with Me’. As they start into Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’, the sun bursts through the clouds as we all rejoice. By this stage everyone is singing and dancing along, some people climbing to get a better view, loving every second.
Total rejoice is the only way to describe this choir, from both the singers and all of us watching. This performance has really kicked off day two of the Picnic. While the rainy morning put a dampener on the atmosphere, this re-booted and re-energized us all about why we come back every year. Seeing The High Hopes choir was also a special reminder of why it’s important to embrace every moment, cherish the small things and remember that the sun is always about to shine.