DFM chooses inclusive choir over Kemp

DFM chooses inclusive choir over Kemp

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has tweeted that he missed Ross Kemp's Extreme World programme about Northern Ireland because he was instead watching a UTV report on Belfast's cross-community gospel choir.

The Sinn Féin politician said he wondered if those featured in the Kemp documentary, filmed during the height of last summer's Twelfth disorder, would "blush" if they saw the footage of the choir, which aims to showcase NI in a more positive and colorful light.Singers from all communities and representing all walks of life are involved in the 100-strong musical group, which was set up by Maire Lacey."I formed the choir in 2009, it seemed the perfect time to have an expression of unity and joy and it was after the Good Friday Agreement," she told UTV Live Tonight."We entered in to the new millennium and there is just a sense of hope in our city and our country and I thought let's express that in a choir, and so here we are."While troubled images of Northern Ireland were broadcast on Tuesday night, Maire said her group is hard at work raising funds to bring a brighter side of Belfast to audiences in New York.She continued: "We are very jovial choir. We laugh a lot on stage. I banter with the audience a lot and I think the American audiences are going to love that. It is so fresh."We are a community that just comes on stage and sings and we mightn't even all move in the right time or do the same things exactly but that doesn't matter because we are a community that sings and that is what sets us apart from most choirs."Didn't see #ExtremeWorldtonight but did see Belfast Cross Community Gospel Choir on @utv, wonder did the extreme worlders see them & blush.— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) February 4, 2014


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