On Saturday night I call to the Dunmore Room in the Tower Hotel for Tall Tales and Torch Songs . There is a pleasant blues band and what a relief it's not overamplified. Arts Office Conor Nolan is MC but some of his introductions had me somewhat baffled as to what to expect next. Although tempted to stay, I head over to hear the second half of Ad Hoc Chorale concert at Christchurch Cathedral. It is good to see a very good crowd in for this local chamber choir, conducted by Niall Crowley and they work their way through some adventurous contemporary repertoire. I recognise some familiar faces of local music teachers and there is also a large contingent of younger voices.
Sunday is another lovely day in the sunny South East and there is an air of expectation in the Waterford Central Library as we wait for former taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald. Dr Garret spoke about his long career and the process of writing his biography and was in very good humour. I find his views on education somewhat refreshing in this era of specialisation . Although the venue is quieter, there is a section of the audience who can't be seen but can be heard, a feature of this lovely space seeming to amplify young voices to a greater degree than older ones .
|Dr Garrett Fitzgerald|