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Smash hit Dublin maternity hospital choir get stamp of approval from Celine Dion for Mother's Day tribute video

Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital choir hoping that the Canadian superstar will invite them to perform with her at Dublin’s 3Arena next year

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The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital choir

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital choir

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital choir

An Irish maternity hospital choir has caught the ear of singing legend Celine Dion after posting their Mother’s Day music video tribute online.

The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital choir sang for joy when the Canadian superstar applauded and retweeted their version of her smash hit, Because You Loved Me.

Now the choir is hoping that Dion will invite them to perform with her when she plays two rescheduled shows at Dublin’s 3Arena in June of next year.

“To receive the stamp of approval from Celine Dion herself has just been an absolute dream come true,” choir director Lisa Price tells the Sunday World.

“The video itself involved not only the choir. I reached out to all staff and invited them to include photographs of their mothers.

“The video took a massive turn with the images, and then with the beautiful words in the Celine Dion song it turned into something really beautiful by the end, and it’s touching people’s hearts now.

“The video was retweeted on to the official Celine Dion page and the response from people all over the world has been quite remarkable.

“People have been saying we should be invited to sing this song on stage with Celine when she comes to Dublin next year. Wouldn’t that be something!

“But to think that she saw our video and retweeted it, and her team responded, was such an accolade. We were all absolutely delighted, we couldn’t believe it.”

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Choir director Lisa Price

Choir director Lisa Price

Choir director Lisa Price

Lisa, who has been a director of the Coombe choir since 2015, has been involved in music all her life.

During her teenage years in the early 1990s, Lisa was a member of the Irish band Juniper with Damien Rice and members of Bell X1.

She is currently doing a masters degree which focuses on singing and well being. “The power of singing and well being when you put them together is electric with regards to the benefits,” Lisa says.

“I host Zoom sing-a-longs for the staff every Sunday. Before the pandemic got really bad I was actually going into the Coombe and hosting car park sing-a-longs.

“I’m doing it to boost moral among the frontline workers, to take the focus off the stresses that they experience every minute of the day delivering babies in a pandemic and minding others.

“Because singing is a whole brain activity, when you’re singing you don’t think of anything else, so it completely frees your mind and you are able to recalibrate yourself.

“Singing also fires up endorphins in your brain, and even after you finish a session of singing they remain swimming around the body for hours. It’s similar to exercise which releases endorphins in the body. It’s fantastic.”

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