Celebrating the Voice has gotten underway at St Peter’s Church of Ireland in Drogheda today – and there is still plenty of time to get involved and purchase tickets for events that take place across the weekend.
Leading Irish Opera singer and Mezzo Soprano Tara Erraught takes up the mantle as artistic director for the three day festival of music with St Peter’s Church of Ireland home to masterclasses, talks, concerts and even a bespoke yoga workshop on Sunday.
Some of the leading lights of classical music locally, nationally and internationally will join Tara and her musical partner Dearbhla Collins – including Drogheda’s Amie Dyer and Hannah O’Brien as well as Ardee’s James McCreanor and Michael Bell too.
The three-day event got underway on Friday morning with two song masterclasses – on song repertoire and preparation for Saturday evening’s recital featuring all of the aforementioned singers.
On Friday night and Saturday morning, four new singers, Aebh Kelly, Matthew Mannion, Kelli Ann Masterson and Luis Magallanes will first work with Tara on aria preparation before preparing for their first rehearsal with the orchestra.
Among the other events taking place at a guest lecture by Dr Paul Kwak, Laryngeal Surgeon at the New York University Voice Center, Tara’s own Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and who works closely singers at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Saturday afternoon) and a yoga and relaxation workshop with Speech and Language Therapist Emma Wallace Ahern on Sunday morning.
The main events, so to speak, of Celebrating the Voice will take place at 7.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. On the Saturday evening, Tara Erraught will give an evening recital showcasing the wonderful world of song, accompanied by her musical partner, Dearbhla Collins and local singers Amie Dyer, Hannah O’Brien, Michael Bell and James McCreanor.
Then on Sunday, A Celebration of the Voice will come to a climatic end with an Opera Gala concert featuring Tara, Aebh Kelly, Matthew Mannion, Kelli Ann Masterson and Luis Magallanes singing Mozart and Rossini with Irish National Opera Orchestra conducted by Fergus Sheil and introduced by RTÉ lyric FM’s Liz Nolan.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for these singers to work with an artist like Tara who has built up a successful career and knows the pitfalls and hard work involved in making it to the top,” Pauline Ashwood, Director of Drogheda Classical Music said.
All workshops and concerts will also be presented by Liz Nolan from Lyric FM and will be open to the public. Tickets range from €8 to €20. More information and tickets are available from Droichead.com.