Friday 29th April – McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris – 8pm
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Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble
The Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble provides opportunities for young harpers from throughout County Mayo to play and work together. The Harp Ensemble operates under the musical direction of Gráinne Hambly from Claremorris and William Jackson, acclaimed musicians and composers with many years of experience performing worldwide. The Ensemble has performed on RTÉ, at Mayo International Choral Festival, Westport Mac Luí Children’s Arts Festival, National Harp Day performances, Achill International Harp Festival, An Chúirt Chruitireactha, Tionól for Harps and Pipes and most recently at St Patrick's Festival 2022 in Dublin. They are currently preparing to attend the World Harp Congress 2022 in Cardiff, Wales.
Anne Marie Gibbons – Mezzo Soprano
Louisburg, County Mayo native Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons studied at the Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has made numerous appearances with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London and as Company Principal with English National Opera roles.
Further appearances were made across the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Anne Marie’s discography includes Zulma Elvida and Abra Il diluvio universale for Opera Rara, Sister Mathilde The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Zulma The Italian Girl in Algiers and as Guest Soloist on Gerald Finley’s Great Operatic Arias for Chandos. With the Limerick School of Music and the Maynooth University Chamber Choir, Anne Marie will sing Patrick’s beautiful aria, Vide Cor Meum with David Lynn.
David Lynn – Tenor
David Lynn from Ballina, County Mayo has studied at the Dublin Conservatory of Music & Drama, privately with Robert Dean, and at the Alexander Gibson Opera School, Glasgow under the tutelage of Scott Johnson and Philip White. He was a Northern Ireland Opera Young Artist 2015/16, a Les Azuriales Young Artist 2017, and has worked with Wide Open Opera, English Touring Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Theatre Company and Opera North. Core roles include Ferrando Cosi Fan Tutte, Fenton Falstaff Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Quint The Turn of the Screw, Alfredo La Traviata and Pang Turandot. He has most recently been an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera 2018, appearing in Capriccio, Falstaff and Magic Flute, covering the role of Fenton Falstaff and singing 3rdDiener Capriccio. More recent roles include Wexford Festival Opera, singing L’Indovino L’Oracolo, English Touring Opera, singing Malcolm Macbeth and covering Leicester Elisabetta Regina d’Ghilterra and Scottish Opera, singing Young Sailor and covering Dr Richardson in the European Premiere of Breaking the Waves. Since COVID, David has established the Lynn Academy of Music, a hub for music education and performing arts in North Mayo. David will join Anne Marie Gibbons on the Vide Cor Meum performance.
Harry Meyer & Harry Carpendale - Blessington Millennium Choir
Harry Meyer retired from his post as headmaster of The King’s Hospital boarding and day school in Palmerstown, County Dublin in 2003. He took up residence in Blessington, County Wicklow and soon afterwards joined the newly formed Blessington Millennium Choir, under the direction of Yvonne O’Connor. During his twenty years with Blessington Millennium Choir he sang with the bass line, took on several solo roles, arranged programme notes and ticket sales, and organised choir outings. As the choir’s confidence and repertoire grew, Harry arranged some concert trips abroad, including such destinations as Bormes Les Mimosas in Provence, France; Regensburg in Bavaria, Germany; The Moot Hall, Colchester, in UK; and various Cathedral engagements throughout Ireland.
It was in the context of the Bavarian and Colchester trips that he developed his friendship with Patrick Cassidy, and it is through the talented involvement of fellow-choir member Harry Carpendale that the Blessington Millennium Choir came to perform a transcribed version of Patrick’s Children of Lir. During the lockdown in 2020, Harry Meyer wrote a history of Blessington Millennium Choir which he would like to present to Patrick, as he is featured in the book.
Harry Carpendale is a retired primary, secondary and special needs teacher who joined Blessington Millennium Choir in 2012. He brings a wonderful array of talents to the choir as bass singer, occasional soloist and most importantly as rehearsal accompanist. His beautiful harp playing has added many a solo piece to the group’s programmes and his delicate harp accompaniment of solo singers has been greatly appreciated by singers and audiences alike. Harry holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from TCD and has regularly performed at home and abroad with the traditional Irish ensemble, The Aer Lingus Group. He regularly transcribes pieces to match our choir’s resources. Mr. Carpendale will perform some harp pieces from Patrick’s Children of Lir album.
Maynooth University Chamber Choir
The Maynooth University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Michael T. Dawson, is a selection of the best singers from the University who work on challenging and rewarding material throughout the year. In 2013, the choir performed in Armagh Cathedral and toured New York, Albany, Indiana and Chicago. In 2014, the choir participated in the Canta en Primavera International Competition 2014 in Malaga.
The Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble provides opportunities for young harpers from throughout County Mayo to play and work together. The Harp Ensemble operates under the musical direction of Gráinne Hambly from Clrris and William Jackson, acclaimed musicians and composers with many years of experience performing worldwide. The Ensemble has performed on RTÉ, at Mayo International Choral Festival, Westport Mac Luí Children’s Arts Festival, National Harp Day performances, Achill International Harp Festival, An Chúirt Chruitireactha, Tionól for Harps and Pipes and most recently at St Patrick's Festival 2022 in Dublin. They are currently preparing to attend the World Harp Congress 2022 in Cardiff, Wales.s.
The Limerick School of Music, under the auspices of Limerick & Clare Education Training Board (LCETB), was founded in 1962. With an enrolment of 1,500 students and a staff of 45, LSOM is the largest provider of music education in the mid-west region. LSOM currently has three orchestras, as well as numerous other choirs and ensembles. Over the past number of years, the senior orchestra has performed all over Ireland, highlights including the National
Concert Hall Dublin, City Hall Cork and UCH Limerick. The orchestra currently consists of 60 of the Limerick region’s finest student musicians, ranging in age from 12 to adult. The orchestra’s most recent ventures, under the direction of Anna Jane Ryan, include hugely successful collaborations with Cork ETB Youth Orchestra, Galway Youth Orchestra, St. Pius High School Concert Band (USA) and a trip to the UK to perform with Cheshire Youth Orchestra. In early 2021, the orchestra conducted their rehearsals via Zoom, culminating in a virtual video performance of Cassidy’s Proclamation, which is part of their programme this evening. This piece together with Vide Cor Meum holds special significance as Patrick Cassidy is a past student of LSOM. The orchestra members are delighted to be making their first visit to Claremorris for this occasion.