The Manchester based BBC Songwriter Claire Mooney popped into St Bede’s College on Tuesday 3 March to practise a song with the College Choir that she had composed for their forthcoming Charity show at The Lowry Theatre.

The song celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the award winning charity show called ‘Young, Gifted & Green’, which is based at the College. Claire is a regular performer on the BBC where she writes a ‘News Song of the Week’, for Andy Crane’s Saturday morning breakfast show on BBC Radio Manchester.

Claire is also a professional singer songwriter and has recently launched a song writing business called ‘Tailor Made Songs’ which composes songs for individuals and companies to celebrate their achievements.

Tony Hennigan the Creative director of the show and Head of Technology commented “We are delighted with the special song and Claire’s very kind offer to perform the song with our sixty strong Prep and College Choir. It sounded great in rehearsals and I cannot wait to hear it at the Lowry when the whole audience will be joining in with it.”

This years’ concert will be raising funds for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention. The charity fund vital research into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer from Europe’s first breast cancer prevention centre which is the Nightingale and Genesis Prevention Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital.

YGG have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and were established to launch Manchester’s first Manchester Irish Festival, they have helped raise just over £200,000 for different charities. Former members of the troupe include the multi award winning Dancer – James Keegan, the star of Lord of the Dance.  The troupe have gone on to sell out the 2,000 capacity Bridgewater Hall as well as appear on the BBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ and ‘Songs of Praise’ plus Granada TV’s six part documentary ‘The Irish Connection’ and win the Royal Variety Club of Great Britain ‘Pride of Eireann’ award.

YGG Lyrics
It started back in ’95 in a Castlefield marquee
Has been shown on Granada, seen on the BBC
There’s been dance and music, laughter, comedy
For everyone and anyone at YGG.
Irish presidents have come along to show support
And charities been helped with the tickets you have bought
Thousands have clapped along with the talent on display
It would be good if you could clap along today.
In every heart, in every dream
With every breath and day you meet
You’ll find the world’s at your feet
When you’re young, gifted and green.

(C) Claire Mooney February 2015.