DIT student set to be part of the multi-national choir to open Rugby World Cup

23rd September, 2003

Alastair Davis, a student in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, has been chosen to represent Ireland in the Rugby World Cup Choir. The 40-strong group is made up of representatives from the 20 participating nations including Namibia, Georgia, Tonga, Uruguay and Australia.

Alastair, along with the rest of the choral group, will perform the World Cup anthem, The World in Union, at the October 10 opening ceremony at Sydney's Telstra Stadium, as well as the national anthems for the opening match between Australia and Argentina.

The Dublin born bass/baritone singer commented on hearing of his selection: 'I am absolutely thrilled about this opportunity to represent Ireland. I could not believe my eyes when I saw the entry form for auditions on the notice board in college as I am a huge rugby fan.'

Alastair's interest in music started in Wesley College, where he was a member of the Senior Choir. To date he has sung in operatic ensemble parts in DIT productions and the Bass Solo part of the Stainers Crucifixion. He has also won the Bass Solo Cup in the Feis Ceoil and in the Ballymena Music Festival.

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