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More Favourite Melodies - Summer Concert

More Favourite Melodies 2014


Following the success of It's Still a Wonderful Musical Life, the Glasnevin Musical Society is delighted to be returning to the NCH with a new concert on Wednesday 7th May at 8pm.

Put a spring in your step this May and join us for More Favourite Melodies.

The chorus and soloists of The Glasnevin Musical Society, alongside some of the finest young talent from the operatic stage, will whisk you away for an evening of musical delights.

Sit back and enjoy favourites from Carmen, La Traviata, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Lakme, The Pearl Fishers, Candide, Ragtime, and Company, alongside classics such as the Battlehymn of the Republic, Shenandoah, Cantique de Jean Racine, Schindlers List, Meditation from Thais and much more.

An unforgettable mix of musical nostalgia with a look to the future - one not to be missed!

Guest Soloists

  • Rachel Croash (Soprano)
  • Raphaela Mangan-Whyte (Mezzo)
  • Lawrence Thackeray (Tenor)
  • Benjamin Russell (Baritone)
  • Music Director: Colman Pearce
  • Chorus Director: David Wray

About the Guest Soloists

Rachel Croash RACHEL CROASH - Rachel Croash is currently studying for a Master in Music Performance Degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Mary Brennan and Dearbhla Collins. Oratorio and concert engagements include Vaughan Williams' A Serenade to Music, Mozart's Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Vivaldi's Gloria, Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Handel's Messiah. She has performed in recital for Opera Ireland, Lismore Opera Festival, The Contemporary Music Centre and Opera Theatre Company. Operatic roles for the RIAM include Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Parasha in Stravinsky's Mavra and Fox in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen. Other roles include Gorm in Flatpack by Tom Lane for Ulysses Opera Company and Annina in Verdi's La Traviata for Wexford Festival Opera. At the Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil Rachel has won the Lieder Prize, Nancy Calthorpe Cup, The Mrs.P.J. Geoghan Memorial Cup and Gus Smith Award and was the inaugaral winner of the Mollie Murray Award for most Promising Singer. She was awarded a bursary by The John McCormack Society and was a finalist in the National Concert Hall Bernadette Greevy Vocal Bursary competition. Upcoming engagements include the role of Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen in a concert performance with the RTE Concert Orchestra, the role of one of Jenny's Girls in OTC/Rough Magic's production of Kurt Weil's The Rise and fall of the City of Mahagonny, Chorus with Wexford Festival Opera and a lunchtime concert with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.
Lawrence Thackeray LAWRENCE THACKERAY - Lawrence is currently studying on the Opera Course at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tutelage of Robert Dean. Lawrence started his operatic training in Ireland where he lived for 4 years and studied as a part-time postgraduate at D.I.T Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin with Robert Alderson. Recent engagements have included Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus (Clonter Opera), Gastone in La Traviata, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S Pinafore (Lyric Opera Productions), Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (Opera in the Open), Arlecchino in The Adventures of Pinocchio (G.S.M.D), Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (D.I.T). Other credits include D'Elbeuf in Le Roi Malgre Lui and Errand Boy in A Dinner Engagement (Wexford Festival Opera), Lehrbuben in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Glynderboune Festival Opera), Monostatos in The Magic Flute (Opera Theatre Company), Orpheus in Orpheus in the Underworld (D.I.T), El Remendado in Carmen (Lismore Music Festival), Primo Pastore in L'Orfeo (Yorke Trust Opera) and making his live TV debut singing "Libiamo..." on The Late Late Show (RTE 1). Lawrence's performances on the Oratorio stage have included Haydn's Die Schopfung, Britten's Saint Nicholas (Orchestra of St. Cecilia), The Messiah (Dun Laoghaire Choral Society), Gounod’s St. Cecilia Masse (Southend Bach Choir), Handel's Dixit Dominus (Irish Chamber Orchestra), Haydn's Stabat Mater (Cambiata Chamber Orchestra) and Haydn's Theresienmesse (Mary Immaculate College Chorus). Upcoming engagements include Tamino in The Magic Flute for Lismore Music Festival, Opera in the Open's Summer Season 2014, Jenik in The Cunning Peasant and Gerard in The Dancing Master for G.S.M.D. Lawrence's studies are generously supported by The Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust and The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers.
Benjamin Russell BENJAMIN RUSSELL - At 25, Benjamin Russell recently completed a year at the International Opera Studio of theZurich Opera House, Switzerland. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin in 2011 and 2012 respectively. There he studied singing with Sylvia O'Regan and coach Brenda Hurley. He will be joining the ensemble of the Hessische Staatsoper in Wiesbaden for the 2014/15 season singing, among others, the roles of Malatesta in Don Pasquale and Schaunard in La Boheme. Recent competition successes include finalist in the Veronica Dunne International Singing competition 2010, where he also received the Joan Sutherland prize for 'Most Promising Singer'. He was a semifinalist and prizewinner in the 2010 International Vocal Competition in s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. He was also winner of the RIAM Irene Sandford Award for Singers and winner of numerous prizes in the national Feis Ceoil, Dublin. In 2007 Benjamin made his debut as Orpheus in a new adaptation of Gluck's Orpheus for Cork Opera Works in Cork Opera House. In 2009 he was Private Willis in Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. The following June he sang the role of Le Dancaire in Carmen at Lismore Castle, Waterford for the Lismore Music Festival. In June 2011 he sang Junius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh Festival which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and, in January 2012, Athamus in the RIAM production of Handel's Semele. Last season he performed various small parts on the main stage of the Zurich Opera House, among them Abraham Gray in the premier of Die Schatzinsel by Frank Schwemmer and the Jazz Trio in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti. He also performed the role of Antippo in the IOS production of Telemann's Der Geduldige Sokrates. He has also performed in many concerts, both at home and abroad, including Lunchtime concerts in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, recitals of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis Op.39 in the City Hall, Hong Kong and several concerts in The Netherlands organised by the IVC. He has sung in masterclass with Thomas Allen, Ann Murray, Graham Johnson, Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen, Brigitte Fassbender, Christoph Pregardien, Malcolm Martineau, Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Wolfgang Holzmair, Luana de Vol, Robert White, Ian Partridge, Michael Elaison and Umberto Chiummo among others. In July 2008, he participated in the international Opera Plus singing course in Estoril and the next year was invited to the Montalto Musica summer course where he worked on and sang Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale. He was a member of the Opera Theatre Company Young Associate Artists' Programme 2010-11 and a student on the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme 2010 in Aldebugh, Suffolk, where he performed the role of Figaro, Le Nozze di Figaro. He returned in the summer of 2011 to perform Vaughan Williams' The House of Life and again in 2012 for a course of masterclasses with Dawn Upshaw.

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