Ardee tenor James McCreanor is among the local musical acts taking to the stage an the An Tain Arts Centre in Dundalk next weekend – for what is slated as a gala performance of opera and operetta.
McCreanor will join sisters Aoife and Tara Erraught along with other talents including Niamh McCormack, Ben McAteer, David Martin plus Nicola and Gavan Ring on the stage in Dundalk town centre next (Sunday August 13th)to perform an afternoon of well-known and much-loved arias and songs from the world of opera.
James is currently studying under Dr. Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and next Sundays performance comes after he was among a small of her students who performed at her 90th birthday celebrations at the National Concert Hall on Thursday last.
A singer of great potential but also deserved repute already, James is a former pupil of the legendary Geraldine McGee. All of the singers performing on Sunday have been previous recipients of grants from the Geraldine McGee Bursary. Set up by the now late Monsignor Peter Shields in 2007, the bursary was a means to provide funds for local singers to further their studies by assisting with foreign travel or tuition at some of the top summer vocal masterclasses.
However, while James benefitted from the bursary to help with travel, he is currently not receiving a bursary for his tuition and remains on the lookout for sponsors.
Sunday’s show is being held to celebrate the bursary’s tenth anniversary and is an event that will allow all of the Louth-based performers to come back home and show off their vocal talents in front of those who have supported them over the years.
“I am grateful to Geraldine McGee for the strong singing foundation but also to the bursary for helping with some of the financial support that got me on to the next rung of the singing ladder,” James said this week.
Margaret McAuley, a founder member of the Geraldine McGee bursary added, “We’re very fortunate in Dundalk to have produced such a range of singers, many of whom are enjoying careers in music both at home and abroad. On behalf of the bursary, I am delighted and honoured that so many have agreed to come home and take part in this concert. For some it is a chance to say thank you, while for others it is an opportunity to catch up with singing colleagues and share the stage one more time.”
An Afternoon of Opera and Song takes place in the An Táin Arts Centre, Crowe Street, Dundalk on Sunday August 13th at 3pm. Tickets cost €25 and include an interval drink. They are available for purchase from An Táin Arts Centre box office on 042 933 2332 or online
www.antain.ie. Tickets can also be bought in person during box office opening hours – Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Article edited at 3.42pm on Monday, August 7th.