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Dublin is to unite for a Concert for Paris tonight

The orchestral production of all French music will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral from 8pm.

Paris Attacks Kansas City Source: AP/Press Association Images

Updated at 9am on Friday

DUBLIN WILL UNITE in solidarity with the French people tonight for a special concert.

The orchestral production will take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral from 8pm.

The free concert will consist solely of French music for orchestra and choir, and musicians of all sorts have been volunteering to take part.

“Like many Irish people I have friends in Paris and friends in France,” concert organiser John Doyle, artistic director with charity orchestra Co-Orch, told TheJournal.ie.

Last Friday night I was worried for their safety, but once it was confirmed that they were ok I still had a niggling feeling of wanting to do something.

John set out his plan to hold a concert in a Facebook post last Saturday night, and things have taken shape even more quickly than he expected.

john doyle Source: John Doyle/Facebook

3131665468_d7056ce6a3_b St Patrick's Cathedral Source: William Murphy

“I said it was to be a concert for anyone who wants to play, for anyone who wants to come and listen. I didn’t expect the scale of the response that we’ve gotten,” says John.

We’ve had countless musicians volunteering, and countless people looking to help out.

“The catalyst was the attacks in Paris, but it’s important to show solidarity no matter what, that’s what matters,” he adds.

All tickets for the event are free, although the organisers have set up an Eventbrite site to help manage demand. Those hoping to attend are advised to register there in advance as there will be a wristband entry system and spaces are at a premium.

You can find Concert for Paris on Facebook here. You can register for tickets for the event here.

Latest: In their latest update, organisers said the gig was now booked out – but that there would be a limited number of returned tickets on the door.  

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