Home grown musicians to perform in arts centre on April 12th

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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Music lovers in the city are in for a very special treat on April 12th as Newry Chamber Music announces details of their Spring Concert which will feature two home grown outstanding musicians, Baritone Ben McAteer and pianist David Quigley.

Regular NCM concert goers will be aware that the society aims to bring world class musicians to the City and surrounding areas, with all events presented in a relaxed and friendly manner, thus dismantling the notion that Classical music is stuffy and elitist. Speaking of the forthcoming event the group’s director Joanne Quigley commented, ‘I am thrilled that we continue to bring world class talent to our audience in Newry and what a special treat it is when both performers were born and bred in the Area. David and I recently performed with Ben for a BBC “Sounds Classical” concert in Armagh Cathedral and we were extremely impressed with his voice, musicianship and professionalism.

Newry should be very proud indeed of their rising star and we hope to see a full house on 12th April. If you haven’t already heard Ben sing, you will be thrilled and touched by the beauty of his voice and performance’.

Ben rose to international prominence in 2011 when he won the honour of performing with one of Opera’s greatest stars, Dame Kiri de Kanawa and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews, and an Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he is currently studying on the Opera Course. Ben’s operatic roles include Father in Hansel & Gretel, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia. He has had extensive experience as a soloist in oratorio across the UK. In 2011, Ben was awarded first prize at Opera les Azuriales Ozone Prize in Nice, and the top prize in Northern Ireland Opera’s inaugural Competition.

David is of course no stranger to the stage of the Arts Centre. His international performing career continues to flourish and later this month he will be performing with the great American soprano Renee Fleming in Bath.

Tickets for the concert in the Arts Centre on April 12th can be reserved through the NCM website www.newrychambermusic.com or by calling 028 30830482.


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