The Tipperary Millennium Orchestra has been battling the elements,
attending rehearsals and putting the finishing touches to what is expected to be one of their finest performances at the annual Christmas Concert, which takes place at Ss Peter and Paul's Church in Clonmel at 8.15 next Sunday night, 12th.
Over the last ten years the Orchestra has grown and developed into what can only be described as a very professional organisation. The quality of their work and the maturity shown in their musicianship is testament to many hours of practice, both individually and collectively, which they put in week after week. Fans of the Orchestra, and there are many, will remember some wonderful moments, particularly from the annual Christmas concert, which has become part of the pre- Christmas festive culture.
The orchestra's great friend and supporter, Derek Ryan has been the featured soloist for almost the ten years that the Orchestra has been in existence and this year he is delighted to be accompanied on stage by Cathy Keane.
Originally from Bray, versatile soprano Cathy studied singing under Professor Paul Deegan in the RIAM in Dublin. She has played many leading roles in musicals with a host of musical societies. Some of her favourite roles included Laurie in Oklahoma, the Narrator in Joseph, Gianetta in the Gondoliers and Eliza in My Fair Lady, for which she was nominated for best actress with AIMS. She also won a nomination for her performance in Westside Story, where she played the part of Anita. In the same musical, but this time in the role of Maria, she won best female performer at the Waterford Festival of Light Opera. Cathy had the distinction and honour of singing for President McAleese when she was principal singer in the ESB 75th Anniversary Concert at the NCH.
Cathy lives in Drom near Templemore and has become an adopted Tipperary person. She is an active and prominent member of Thurles Musical Society, with whom she has played many leading roles. Cathy has performed with the Orchestra in the past both in Thurles and Clonmel. She received a wonderful reception last time out when she performed in Ss Peter and Paul's and she is really looking forward to Sunday's concert.
Tickets cost €15 each and will be available at the door on the night. Tickets are also currently available at Marian's, O'Connell Street, Clonmel; Better By Nature, Market Place, Clonmel and at the Ss Peter and Paul's Bookshop, Clonmel .