Darkness Into Light is an annual sunrise charity walking event, in association with Pieta House and Electric Ireland. Pieta House provides free therapy to people engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. They rely on the generosity of the public whose donations and fundraising make up over 80% of the organisation's income.
The annual Darkness Into Light sunrise walking event is part of that fundraising effort. The first walk took place in 2009. At that event, 400 people gathered in Dublin's Phoenix Park in the middle of the night and marched together as the sun came up.
Ten years on, over 200,000 people participated in Darkness Into Light 2019 in two hundred locations across the world. Our very own Fingal Youth Choir (FYC) wanted to become involved after deciding together to contribute something to support a worthy cause.
FYC raised over €700 for Pieta House with this video of a song by Swedish DJ Avicii, who died by suicide on 20 April 2018.
FYC commissioned their conductor Eoin Conway to arrange this piece and the group recorded it in Malahide Castle in March 2019, just before embarking upon their tour to Berlin. This recording was generously supported by Fingal County Council Arts Office.
It was wonderful to see that the young singers of Fingal Youth Choir decided to raise money for Pieta House, out of so many different charities they could have chosen. Mental Health Awareness is something that is very important to all of them. They put their heart and soul into this project and it paid off. We're immensely proud of them.
- Lea Försterling, Fingal Youth Choir Manager, May 2020.
Filmed on the grounds of Malahide Castle, the video for the piece was supported by Fingal County Council Arts Office, and was shot just before Fingal Youth Choir embarked on their annual international tour earlier this month. The choir were also invited to perform for the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) in the National Concert Hall, have collaborated with youth choir Junge Consortium Berlin, and have hosted a concert at the prestigious Marienkirche in Alexanderplatz in central Berlin.
Darkness Into Light was scheduled to take place last weekend, but unfortunately all public gatherings were forbidden due to the health risks caused by Covid 19.