Number 15. Wednesday, 7th May, 2015

Guests of Honour!

The Orpheus Choir are to be joined by three highly-talented guest performers in its 10th. Anniversary Opera Gala Concert in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral on Saturday, 16th. May, 8pm. A stunning mezzo-soprano, Carolyn Holt, who is coming down especially from Dublin for this performance, the Scottish baritone, Andrew Thomson, a rising star in Cork and environs, and a wonderful young pianist, Criostóir Ó Loingsigh, who was heralded Young Musician of the Year in 2014.

Carolyn Holt - mezzo-soprano
Carolyn Holt, who is currently a fourth year student on the BA in Music Performance (Vocal Studies) at the RIAM, studying under Mary Brennan and Andrew Synnott, has won a scholarship to study for an MA in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, starting September 2015. She has performed a number of operatic roles with the RIAM and with the Opera Theatre Company and she toured Germany with the ‘Schleswig–Holstein Chorakademie’ in 2013 and the ‘Lubeck Chorakademie’ in 2014. Carolyn was awarded the Geraldine McGee Bursary at this year's Irene Sandford competition in the RIAM and was the winner of the P.J. Geoghegan Memorial Cup & Gus Smith Award and a finalist in the Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup, John McCormack Bursary and Dramatic Cup at this year's ESB Feis Ceoil. She has previously won many prizes at the Feis Ceoil and other music festivals around Ireland including the Mezzo-Soprano Solo, and the Ladies Solo and Overall Solo Winner at the Kilcoole Music Festival.

Andrew Thomson - baritone
Andrew Thomson, who has already been invited as a guest singer by The Orpheus Choir several times, made his highly successful professional concert debut on the 4th. April, 2014, to a packed house in the Village Arts Centre in Kilworth, Co. Cork. Since then, he has been invited to sing a number of times in Cork City and environs, notably in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, in St. George's, Mitchelstown, at the opening of the North Cork Classical Music concert series and in the newly-opened arts centre in Watergrasshill, the First Fruits Arts Centre. In June he will be singing in another Gala Concert in Cork with a star-studded cast including Geraldine O'Grady, Oonagh Keogh and Regina Nathan.

Criostóir Ó Loingsigh - piano
Criostóir Ó Loingsigh made his début as both pianist and composer at the age of fifteen in Siamsa Tíre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland. He graduated from the Cork School of Music (CSM) in 2014 with First Class Honours as ‘Student of the Year’, having been awarded the ‘Highest-Placed Degree Student’ in his year on three occassions. He was the 2014 winner of both the CSM Piano Accompaniment Competition and Advanced Recital Competition (receiving second prize in 2012). He competed in the Bernard Curtis Memorial Perpetual Cup in Feis Maitiú Corcaigh in the years 2011, 2014 and 2015, each year winning first prize and subsequently qualifying for and winning the overall Prizewinner’s Perpetual Piano Trophy. In November 2014, Criostóir performed in the RDS Concert Hall as part of the RDS Rising Stars Recital Series and was also awarded a Licentiate Diploma in piano performance from Trinity College London. As a composer, Criostóir has a particular interest in choral and vocal writing which helps him combine his passions for both the Irish language and music, and has had works performed in Féile na Bealtaine, Dingle and the Cork International Choral Festival. Criostóir currently works as a piano teacher, accompanist and Irish teacher while continuing his studies in piano with Mary Beattie and Gabriela Mayer as well as composition with Séamas de Barra and organ with James Taylor.

Honoured with such top-flight guests, The Orpheus Choir's Gala Concert promises to be a truly festive and unforgettable celebration of its 10th. Anniversary!