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Emma Nash, opera singer from Douglas.
Emma Nash, opera singer from Douglas.
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Female talent is ready to shine

A POWERHOUSE of female vocal talent are preparing to raise the roof of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral next month.

Cork International Choral Festival is presenting an evening with Emma Nash, Fiona O’Reilly and duo Lorna Moore and Serena Standley, for an evening of festive carols, songs and stories in the stunning surrounds of the cathedral on Saturday December 9 at 8pm.

The soloists and duo will be joined on the evening by actors from the Littleshoes Players, The Montfort Youth Choir and award-winning Java Ladies Chorus.

Festive favourites including O Holy Night, Santa Baby, White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Cool Yule, and many more will have everyone feeling that warm and gooey Christmassy feeling from their heads to the tips of their toes!

Leading out the plethora of talent on the night will be emerging star soprano Emma Nash, from Douglas, who most recently was announced as the 2017 PwC/Wexford Festival Opera ‘Emerging Young Artist’ bursary winner ahead of the start of the 66th Wexford Festival Opera.

Singer Fiona O’Reilly.
Singer Fiona O’Reilly.

Cork singer Fiona O’Reilly will also enthral audiences with Christmas songs with verve and expertise.

An accomplished soprano and teacher of voice, Fiona has worked tirelessly in her career to pass her passion for song onto countless others and on this night we are assured of that very passion shining through in the stunning surrounds of St Fin Barre’s.

Joining Fiona and Emma also on the evening will be duo Lorna Moore (a Cork native) and Serena Standley (from the US), the female half of the award-winning Guys and Dolls Barbershop Quartet.

This time the Dolls are on the loose and ready to bring Christmas cheer with a plethora of contemporary Christmas favourites. A guaranteed treat for all in attendance.

Also joining them will be The Montfort Youth Choir comprising of 60 young voices from all over Cork city and county with an upbeat and almost ethereal programme under the leadership of Carol Arnopp.

 Lorna Moore and Serena Standley, of Guys and Dolls. Picture: Jed Niezgodag

Lorna Moore and Serena Standley, of Guys and Dolls. Picture: Jed Niezgodag

In addition, Serena Standley brings her award-winning choir Java Ladies Chorus with an accomplished and polished repertoire to perform at the magnificent landmark.

Meanwhile, actors from the Littleshoes Players, under the direction of Festival Manager, Sinéad Dunphy will lend their voices to tell Christmas stories that will entwine the audiences in the true and plentiful messages of Christmas.

The evening is brought together by Festival Manager, Sinéad, aided musically by Carol Arnopp, and guarantees to deliver an evening of festive fuzziness!

Tickets priced at only €20 are available from www.corkchoral.ie or 021-4215125.

Book now to avoid disappointment!