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Thursday 14 December 2017

Piano star Nadene has the talent to keep rising

MAESTRO: Nadene Fiorentini has been selected as The National Concert Hall's Rising Star recitalist
MAESTRO: Nadene Fiorentini has been selected as The National Concert Hall's Rising Star recitalist

It's true that talent rises to the top and The Pleasure List is thrilled to extend its congratulations to Donegal pianist Nadene Fiorentini, who has been announced as The National Concert Hall's Rising Star Recitalist for 2014.

Nadene began her piano studies at the City Academy of Music in Derry at the age of six.

At 17, her gift was evident and she became the youngest student to be accepted onto the BA in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy where she achieved a first class honours degree in 2010, under John O'Conor and Therese Fahy.

She has since had awards heaped upon her, including the Brennan Prize and The National Concert Hall Prize.

For her upcoming Rising Star recital on Thursday, at the National Concert Hall, Nadene will perform: Haydn's Sonata in B minor, Brahms' 6 Klavierstucke Op.118 and Chopin's piano sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58.


Trailblazing florist adds dash of colour to Village

If you're going bargain hunting in Kildare Village anytime soon, be sure to stop and smell the roses – or more specifically the sumptuous floral installations by florist Mark Colle.

Antwerp-based Mark is the florist of choice for top couture houses including Dior, for whom he created the famous 'wall of flowers' at Raf Simons' inaugural show.

Before a single silhouette was shown at Simons' haute couture show, people were already wowed by the walls of five rooms in the House of Dior which were covered in peonies, goldenrod, dahlias, carnations, delphiniums and all sorts of roses.

Kildare Village, as part of Chic Outlet Shopping, has partnered with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), to help preserve endangered species of wild flowers, as at least 25 per cent of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction.


Cutting cost of chopping board

Often it's when you're doing a succulent Sunday roast that you notice just how beaten and battered your roasting tins are.

Not to mention how your chopping boards and knives have seen better days.

So, Tesco's new coupon scheme, which offers customers savings of 70 per cent off Thomas Professional Kitchenware, could be right up your alley.

The scheme is simple – collect 10 coupons and enjoy 70 per cent off a collection of kitchenware from the Thomas Professional Kitchenware range. Customers will receive one coupon every time they spend €10 in store and, once 10 coupons have been collected, can avail of a 70 per cent discount on any product from the range, offering savings of up to €43 on the original recommended retail price.

A three-piece cutting board set costs €9.49 with 10 stickers, a saving of €22.50 – and a roasting pan with rack costs €16.99 with 10 stickers, a saving of €43.

The Thomas Professional Kitchenware range allows you to slice, dice, chop, bake, roast and carve your way to the perfect Sunday lunch.

Coupons are available in Tesco stores until April 20, and can be redeemed instore until May 4.


It's game-on at new entertainment centre

Be very careful how you break the news to children that Ireland's largest purpose-built family entertainment centre has recently opened in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Indeed, if that's a stampede to the front door we hear, well, you've only yourself to blame. You should at least have waited until they'd had their porridge before letting them in on the fact that the new indoor Base Entertainment Centre, just off the M4 in Celbridge, has 40,000 sq ft jam-packed with fun interactive games.

Attractions include an eight-lane bowling alley, laser maze, six themed party rooms – with themes ranging from One Direction to Disney Princesses to Toy Story – a soft play area, an enormous play gym, plus three food outlets including an American-style diner.

Space Bumpers – a mix of bumper car and hovercraft – make their debut in Ireland.

There's something for the mums and dads too – a seating area, cafe facilities and free Wi-Fi are available at the play area, for parents to relax with a coffee or catch up online.

Prices for activities at the centre vary from €7.50 for soft play to €10 for 25 minutes in the laser maze.


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