Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fame at UCH Limerick

Alice and I enjoyed Fame the musical at UCH Limericktonight . Tickets were good value at €20 .  A list of about four names were read out at the beginning so I am not quite sure who was playing who tonight.  Certainly all the characters seemed well cast, and convincing.
The characters playing Romeo and Julliet were very charming and gave nicely understated performances.  The strength  of the production was in the energetic ensemble

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Imagine Festival in Waterford

The Imagine Festival team have put together a very attractive range of arts events to brighten the late October scene in Waterford. The French film line up looks impressive. I can highly recommend Le Concert a film combining comic farce and virtuoso violin playing . You will hear Kalinka as you've never heard it before and orchestra managers will love it for the pivotal role.

Wexford Festival for Comic Opera, Cava and Canapés

Roberto Recchia

How very sweet indeed it is to sit in the lobby of Whites Hotel during the annual Wexford Opera Festival, the walls adorned with colourful paintings and observe the artists, performers  patrons and opera anoraks  milling about, nibbling canapés which are complimentary with glasses of champagne and sparkling wine, all very civilised.

Monday, October 25, 2010

5th Birthday Celebration at Coole Music

Coole Music Orchestra

Programme cover

On the way home from the PPMTA  conference I  called into the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort to hear the concert celebrating 5 years anniversary of Galway Music School, Coole Music.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Music Mentoring in Athlone PPMTA Conference 2010

I attended the annual post music teachers' conference, hosted by the PPMTA  this weekend at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. It was a packed programme of lectures and workshops, jam session, networking oppotunities and with the hotel conveniently juxtapositioned beside the shops, opportunity for a little retail therapy without missing too much of the conference action.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sandy Kelly /Patsy Cline at Glór

Sandy Kelly brought a bit of sparkle to the Glor last Thursday with her homage to Patsy Cline. Her outfits were stunning and she looked fabulous . I loved the fiddle player who looked liked he was really enjoying himself and made it look effortless.

Phil Coulter at the West County Ennis

I am listening to Phil Coulter being interviewed by Ivan Yates on the radio and I am reminded that I saw him back in July at the West County Hotel, Ennis.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Irish Chamber Orchestra at Glór

One of the outstanding events of the musical calendar in Ennis in the year to date was the visit by the Irish Chamber Orchestra to Glor in Ennis on Thursday 30th September. The orchestra performs regularly at their base in UCH Limerick but a performance in Ennis is a rare treat. The ensemble consisted of 18 string players and directed this evening by violinist Catherine Hunka.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Will Martin at UCH

Young Kiwi singing sensation Will Martin was supported by a strong line up of local talent in this pleasant concert which offered something for all tastes at University Concert Hall.

United in Harmony Barbershop Convention UCH

Great fun was had by all at the International Open Entertainment Competition run by the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers at UL over the weekend.