The Eastern University Choir’s tour of Ireland will start on Aug. 9 and end on Aug. 17 (nine days and eight nights). According to the tour’s main website, this choir tour will highlight “the sights and sounds of Dublin and Belfast, including Trinity College, Malahide Castle, Titanic Belfast Experience, Guinness Storehouse [and] Phoenix Park.” The trip also boasts of featuring “unparalleled beauty of the Irish countryside” and “fine cuisine and unique shopping experiences.”
There are three hosts for this tour of Ireland: Ron Matthews, a professor of music and chair of the music department and Pastor of Worship Arts at Church of the Saviour in Wayne. Gary Matthews is Pastor of Worship and the Arts at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan.
Together, these two men are considered to be “one of the most gifted and dynamic duet teams” in the genres of sacred and classical music. Also, “they are duo vocalists, pianists, organists and trumpeters. With this combination of superlative talent, these brothers bring to every concert a rare and uplifting musical experience, but most importantly a rich spirit of worship.”
The final host of the tour is Phil Barfoot, who is a composer and the CEO and president of Celebration Concert Tours International.