HIGH NOTE Louisburgh-born mezzo soprano Anne Marie Gibbons.
After six sell-out concerts in December 2016, 2017 and 2018, ‘Festive Harmony’ is back in the Town Hall Theatre Westport on Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. A wonderful, atmospheric evening of operatic, musical and seasonal classics, it is guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Mayo-born and -based Mezzo Soprano Anne Marie Gibbons will be joined on the night by Baritone Ronan Egan, Tenor Hugh Francis, Pianist Richard Lewis, The Cresham Academy of Dancing and special guests, to present a varied programme of popular classical and musical theatre favourites, dance, carols and Christmas cheer.
Anne Marie Gibbons appears regularly with both the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras. She is a former English National Opera Company Principal, and her many international credits include performances in Paris, Madrid, Adelaide, New York, Lausanne and Covent Garden, London.
Australian-born tenor Hugh Francis appears regularly with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, along with performing elsewhere internationally, including Adelaide, Amsterdam, Dublin, Geneva, Helsinki, New York, Los Angeles, Palermo and Paris.
Baritone Ronan Egan has come to prominence in the West of Ireland in recent years, taking the lead male roles in a number of musical theatre productions, including ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘South Pacific’ and ‘White Christmas’. Recent concert performances include appearances in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
The Cresham Academy of Irish Dancing has a strong presence around Louisburgh, Westport and Castlebar, catering for children and adults at all levels. Directors Bernadine and Louise Cresham are vastly experienced, and their names are synonymous with success in the world of Irish dancing.
Festive Harmony will include special performances by the choirs of two Westport schools – Quay NS and Knockrooskey NS. The exceptionally talented children of both choirs are very excited about performing in the Town Hall Theatre, and for many it will be their public-performance debut.
Pianist for the concerts will be the very versatile Scotland based Richard Lewis. Richard is a lecturer in conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and he has worked extensively in the symphonic repertoire, conducting, amongst others, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra and most recently The Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra.
Both shows start at 8pm. For tickets
(€20/ €18 each or €60 for a family of four), visit www.westporttheatre.com or call Westport Town Hall Theatre box office on 098 28459.