The Tipperary Millennium Orchestra are now entering their second decade and are continuing to grow, not only in numbers but also in musical and artistic ability. Having been together for over 11 years the orchestra is a wonderful mix of new and young talent, combined with the experience of members who have been with them from the very beginning. Having this wealth of experience, both among the musicians and the production team, means that the orchestra has become an intrinsic part of the music scene in Tipperary. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to showcase their talents in an orchestral environment, while gaining invaluable experience. Many of the members go on to study music and having this as part of their repertoire certainly stands them in good stead. Many hours of intense rehearsal time takes place, beginning in September each year and culminating in the annual Christmas Concert.
This year the orchestra will return to the wonderful setting of Ss Peter and Paul’s in Clonmel on Sunday, 11th December for that Christmas Concert. Since their last visit to this venue the church has undergone a beautiful transformation and will only add to the atmosphere of the performance. This year’s line-up includes soloist tenor David Martin, who will be joined by the members of the Gaudeamus Choir.
David Martin from Dundalk performs with incredible stamina, agility and flexibility. He is described as possessing “a beautiful Italian Bel Canto quality in his voice, with fantastic vocal range”. He studied with Geraldine McGee in the Dundalk Dramatic Society before being accepted to study with Dr. Veronica Dunne in the Leinster College of Music and Drama.
He began his singing career winning The Denis O Sullivan Medal (Sligo), The Tenor Solo and the Joseph O’Mara Memorial Cup for operatic voice in Dublin. He successfully completed Il Corso Di Canto E Perfezionamento Lirico in Montalto Ligure, Northern Italy. In his career to date he has gained a wealth of experience in concert and stage performance both nationally and internationally. He has performed the lead tenor roles in several full stage productions including “The Lily of Killarney”, “The Gypsy Baron” and “Pink Champagne”. Other performances include tenor roles in excerpts from opera such as La Fille du Regiment, La Boheme, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Traviata and many more.
He has performed on television and radio and on many occasions in the National Concert Hall, as well as in many theatrical venues around Ireland, the UK and Europe. Most recently in September David sang the lead tenor role in a two-night performance of “The Irish Ring”, produced by Michael O’Donoghue in the Excel Theatre in Tipperary. This production, which included works from Maritana, The Lily of Killarney and The Bohemenian Girl proved to be a very popular performance.
Clonmel’s own Danny Carroll and Mary Rose McNally were part of the production team for this event and are looking forward to working with David and the Gaudeamus team again in Clonmel.
This Christmas concert promises to live up to the very high standard of past productions and as audiences and supporters of the orchestra can testify, Christmas would not be the same without it.