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Monday 22 October 2018

Soprano Mary Hegarty sings for St Coleman's

Miriam Browne, Greemount and Maria Jones, Meelin at Safar's Night club in Newmarket.
Miriam Browne, Greemount and Maria Jones, Meelin at Safar's Night club in Newmarket.

BILL BROWNE

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed soprano Mary Hegarty will take centre stage at a gala concert in Fermoy's St Colman's College, part of celebrations to mark the schools 150th anniversary.

The Cork born singer will be joined by a number of special guests for the concert in the school's hall from 8pm on Friday, May 8.

Presented by Oliver Barry, Mary Hegarty and Friend's promises to be an intimate and enchanting evening of song and entertainment amid the atmospheric setting of the historic school.

The soprano will be joined on the evening by baritone Joe Corbett, tenor Eric Nolan and accompanist Eleanor Malone on piano.

The concert will also feature the popular Fermoy based Orpheus Choir led by musical director Hilary Reynolds.

The concert will feature a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces from works including La Traviata and South Pacific.

A former student of the Cork School of Music and the National Opera Studio in London, Mary Hegarty made her stage debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1989. Since then she has earned a reputation as one of Ireland's greatest ever soprano's, performing regularly with the likes of the English National Opera, Opera Northern Ireland and Opera North.

Recent performances have included Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Carmina Burana at the Barbican and Royal festival Hall, a performance at the Adelaide Festival and numerous solo recitals across Ireland and the UK.

Fellow Corkonian Joe Corbett has featured extensively in the acclaimed Irish Contemporary Series and recently performed on a recording of Joan Trimble's Songs and Chamber Music with the Dublin Piano Ensemble.

A former pupil at St Colman's, Mitchelstown native Eric Nolan is currently studying Musical Theatre at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting in the UK and is widely regarded as one of Ireland's most promising musical talents.

Formed in 2005, the Orpheus Choir performs secular choral music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, under the energetic musical direction of Hilary Reynolds.

Tickets for what promises to be a magical evening of song and music cost €25 from St Colman's College on 025 31599 or The Book Shop, Fermoy on 025 31622.

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