Join us for the ever popular Gala Concert this year with some new performers joining our established entertainers for a night of music and song.
Gala Concert 2018 Programme and running order
- David Scott
- Catalin Lazurca
- Men’s Sea Sharps
- Skerries Sea Sharps
- Sarah Oliver
- The O’Donnell Sisters
- Members of Blanchardstown Brass Band
- Dublin String Quartet
David Scott studied singing with Emmanuel Lawler in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. He was the soloist in RTÉ Lyric FM’s Feature “WB Yeats: Words for Music Perhaps” and is also a soloist on the album “Beethoven’s Irish Songs Revisited.”
Catalin Lazurca – tenor -graduated from the University of Oradea with a degree in vocal pedagogy and performance. During his years at the University he performed regularly as a member of the University Choral Emanuel Mixed Choir he sang: the Gabriel Faure Requiem, Handels Oratorio “Messiah” , the St Matthew Passion By J.S.Bach in St.Petersburg in April 2004, with the Academic Symphonic Orchestra ” Dimitri Sostakovici” conduct my Ilie Rotila Croitoru.
Skerries Sea Sharps founded Oct ’10 a choir who sing seriously but have lots of fun while doing it Our musical director is Caroline Cutliffe since Sept ’14.
Sarah Oliver: My name is Sarah and I am sixteen years of age. I am currently attending Donabate Community college and I am in fifth year. I have a love and passion for music from when I was very young. I play the piano and I love to sing. I have completed grade 8 exams in piano and musical theory and I will be studying music as part of my leaving certificate. I have taken musical theatre classes for the last four years which I love. I am really looking forward to singing today and hearing all of the other performers from our local area and I hope everyone enjoys the concert.
The O’ Donnell Sisters, Teresa O’Donnell is a harpist and musicologist. Although originally from a classical background, Teresa is equally at home in a multitude of genres from jazz, pop and traditional Celtic music to Broadway shows. She has played with ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.
Mary Louise is an accomplished Irish harpist, pedal harpist and singer and, together with her sister Teresa, has performed in Europe, North America and Africa. They have also appeared on B.B.C., R.T.E., TG4, C.N.N. and NHK (Japan) and recently recorded an album of compositions by the Irish composer Charles Egan for pedal harp, portable Irish harp and voice.
Blanchardstown Brass Band was first established in 1826 and this year celebrates 192 years providing musical performances and education inBlanchardstown/Dublin 15 area. Currently with 30 playing members, the Band also has a junior group of 9 and a Training Band of 16 in Scoil Bhride Boys school. The Band
performs about 25 times a year mostly in the Dublin 15/Fingal area and performs a wide selection of music to suit all
Dublin String Quartet: The Dublin String Quartet includes sisters, Jenny and Aoife Dowdall plus friends Siubhán Ní Ghríofa and Sylvia Roberts. The members of the quartet perform regularly with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Wexford Opera, as well as having performed with distinguished artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Hayley Westenra. We also have performed at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul and have worked with Michael Bublé, U2, Richard Clayderman, Kanye West and many more.