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Tuesday 16 January 2018

50 years for 'mother of all festivals'

Singer Rebecca Storm (second from left) and RTE presenter Maura Derrane (centre) help launch the 50th anniversary of the Waterford International Music Festival yesterday along with some of the performers from the various shows included in this year's line-up
Singer Rebecca Storm (second from left) and RTE presenter Maura Derrane (centre) help launch the 50th anniversary of the Waterford International Music Festival yesterday along with some of the performers from the various shows included in this year's line-up

FIFTY famous faces celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Waterford International Music Festival.

Classical singer Rebecca Storm, Dublin's Gospel Choir and RTE presenter Maura Derrane were among those who attended yesterday's event.

This year's festival runs from November 2-13 in the newly refurbished Theatre Royal in Waterford city.

The programme was launched last night in Dublin's exclusive club, Residence. The line-up includes 'Seussical The Musical', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Jekyll & Hyde', and 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. There's homage to the '80s with 'The Wedding Singer', an Irish premiere with 'Spring Awakening' and the festival closes with 'Sweeney Todd'.

Affectionately known as the "mother of all festivals", events will include productions from award-winning amateur musical societies at home and abroad.

Formerly known as the Waterford International Light Opera Festival, this year marks the 50th anniversary and a major expansion to include a High School Festival, Gospel Festival and Fringe Festival. Renowned West End star Storm of 'Blood Brothers' fame, opens the festival on November 2.

More information is available from www.waterfordintlmusicfestival.com

Irish Independent

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