CBM Ireland’s
Concert in the Dark

An auditory journey in total darkness

Immersive. Impactful. Unique.




On Friday 11th October 2019, to mark World Sight Day, CBM Ireland has hold its inaugural Concert in the Dark.

The Venue

The concert took place in the Christchurch Cathedral, located in the heart of medieval Dublin. A unique venue for a one-of-a-kind concert.

A reception with an exhibition of CBM Ireland’s Bridge the Gap project in Ethiopia took place before the concert in the Crypt of the Cathedral from 6.30pm, with drinks and canapes.

The Experience

Inaugural Concert in the Dark was an exceptional event with one-off performances and surprise guests. A mixture of musical genres and performers, including African musicians and artists with disabilities.

The attendees found themselves in an atmosphere of semi-darkness. Just before a performance began, the lights on the stage were fully dimmed so the Cathedral was shrouded in 75% darkness. Towards the end of the performance, the lights were slowly turned back on.

CBM Ireland’s desire is an immersive experience with a limited sense of sight and to raise your awareness towards avoidable blindness experienced by millions of people in the poorest countries of the world.
With Concert in the Dark, we also hope to raise much-needed funds for CBM’s disability-inclusive development projects. To learn more about our projects, check here.

A raffle sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines was held on the night for attendees. Prize was two return flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines.

Tick the day in your calendar to celebrate with us World Sight Day next October 2020 with CBM Ireland Concert in the Dark.


—  Line up  —

2019 confirmed artists


Moya Brennan & Family

Grammy award-winning Moya Brennan is an internationally known Celtic singer, songwriter, harpist and philanthropist. She has been involved with music and entertainment from an early age, both with her family band, Clannad, and as a solo artist. She has released over 30 albums and performed on many of the world’s great stages.

Moya has been a Goodwill Ambassador of CBM for more than 15 years, visiting and performing for a number of their projects around the world.
She is very excited to be curator and main artist of the Concert in the Dark bringing her magic to this event from the early stages of planning.

Find out more about Moya and what she’s up to by checking her website here.


African Gospel Choir of Dublin

African Gospel Choir Dublin is an all-volunteer choir from Western Africa led by Adeniyi Allen-Taylor.

The ensemble blends elements of African Gospel, Negro spirituals, Acapella and American popular music.

The choir showcases and helps develop the talents of young African singers in Ireland, and also to present the richness in the voice and the melody of an all African Choir.

Check their website here for samples and more details on their music.


Finbar Furey

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, storyteller and actor, Finbar Furey truly is a Renaissance Man. Celebrated around the world as one of the great folk icons, Finbar’s playing was recognised by John Peel back in 1972, and he has not stopped writing and performing since then.  At the forefront of musical change, Finbar’s successful career, and extensive touring introduced a new audience to his music and instruments.

April 2018 saw the release of his first Live Concert DVD from Vicar Street Dublin, and a new album of his own work, ‘Don't Stop This Now’ which RTE described as “the album we all have been waiting for from Finbar, a man at peace with himself, and his music”.

Find out more about Finbar’s music and his touring on his website here.


Paul Byrom

Paul Byrom is often hailed as one of Ireland's premier tenors.

The Dublin-born tenor has been singing for more than 20 years notably within Celtic Thunder. Paul now performs solo shows and regularly at large-scale and high profile sporting events throughout the US, Ireland and Europe.

Paul’s latest chart-topping album is ‘Thinking of Home’ and he has twice been named Irish Tenor of The Year by the Irish Music Association.

He has performed for Irish President Mary McAleese, Japanese Emperor Akihito and President Barack Obama.

Check his website here for more details on his albums and performances.


Justine Nantale (Rhythm Africana)

Justine Nantale is passionate about using music as a tool for development.

She launched the band Rhythm Africana in 2013. The band highlights traditional African styles of music and rhythm. It is composed of musicians based in Dublin hailing from Uganda, Zambia, Congo, Nigeria and Ireland.

Check her Facebook page here for more details on her inclusive and generous music.

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Jack Oades

Jack is a prize-winning composer, and has written many works for orchestra, choir, organ, piano, synthesizer and various other chamber ensembles.

His music has been performed in many venues across the British Isles, France and the USA, including Notre Dame Cathedral - Paris, and King’s College - Cambridge. His choral setting of ‘O Most Merciful’ was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Jack is the Acting Director of Music at Christchurch Cathedral since September 2018.

Follow him on Twitter here for his latest news.


Róisín Dermody

Róisín is a singer and flautist with over 20 years’ experience. She has often performed at the National Concert Hall (NCH), University Concert Hall in Limerick (UCH) and at the National Convention Centre, as well as being a regular performer in Germany and Austria.

Based in Dublin, Róisín enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities and believes it is never too late to begin. She performs both as a soloist and as part of various ensembles.

Check her Facebook page here for her latest news.


— About CBM Ireland—


CBM is an international development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. We work with partners on development projects in over 50 countries, provide support during emergencies resulting from natural disaster or conflict, and fight to protect the human rights of persons with disabilities in the countries we work in.

Our vision is for an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Last year CBM supporters helped more than 30 million people around the world through life-changing donations.

For more information about our work visit our website.