Valerie and Marian Christmas Soiree
The second concert in the House of Waterford Crystal Christmas Concert Series brings the well known Waterford soprano Valerie Leahy and pianist Marion Ingoldsby, equally well known, together in a wonderful presentation of music all about Christmas.
Tickets are available at the reception of House of Waterford Crystal, call 051 317 000 or enquiries on cG1tdGlja2V0cyB8IG1haWwgISBjb20=, price 15 EURO. This Christmas Cracker begins at 7.30pm, and will finished in time for you to go out and have a nice seasonal dinner somewhere.
Soprano, Valerie Leahy, is a vocal teacher and performer in the Waterford Institute of Technology for over 18 years, in which she has great success with her students, from achieving Feis winners from Dublin and her students receiving high achiever medals in their graded exams.
But Valerie herself, began studying voice at a young age 10 here in Waterford, has it was known then as the WRTC, under the Guidance of Ms. Anne Woodworth, later for a few years then attended The Royal Irish Academy of Music to continue her Vocal training. But her love for singing began at the age of 8 in the friary and life as a singer began from there, and to this day, Valerie sings regularly in our local churches, over the weekend, from the Cathedral church on Saturday evenings, to Cantor in the folly and St Marys in ballygunner
In 2001, Valerie achieved honours here in the WIT, in her Bachelor of Arts degree in music, majoring in performance.
In 2012, Valerie returned to studying voice again, under with Regina Hanley. During that time, she achieved her advanced performance medal in performance, and in May 2014, she received her high achievers award.
Over those years, Valerie was highly commended in the feis for her Lieder recitals and competitions, she appeared as a soprano soloist in Mozart operas, playing Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Suzanne in the Marriage of Figaro. Also she gave concert performances’ local and Regional, including the National Concert Hall.
Over the years, Valerie is a regular performer during New Music Week. Valerie had the Honour of Debuting a New Song Cycle, composed by Dr. Marian Ingoldsby, using the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and another work by Ms. Julie Quinlan, a Celebration Mass, which was aired on Rte One.
Valerie on a few occasions performed with the City of Waterford Brass Band, under the direction of Ms. Julie Quinlan, which included the John Condon Memorial service, in 2014, and she also was a guest soloist for a few charitable events, including a performance in Christ church for Focus Ireland.
Valerie last year performed in St benildus Christmas concert, and will be giving another performance this year 19th of december2018.
You will also hear Valerie and Mariann Ingoldsby, at the Waterford crystal showrooms, for a lunchtime concert on December 9th and an evening performance on December 13th.
On Tuesday 11th on Waterford gate in Kilkenny, Valerie will be performing at the KCLR charity concert which will be recorded and aired Christmas eve.
Saturday 16th 2017, Valerie performed with Marina Ingoldsby and the barrack street brass band at a memorial, for the Formby and Coningbeg commemoration down near the Vincent Wallace Plaza and then process to the Coningbeg memorial near the Tower Hotel.
Marion was born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary. She studied composition with Gerald Barry at University College, Cork, graduating with an MA in Composition and winning the Fleischmann Prize in 1995 for her contribution to music. In 2000 she graduated with a PhD in Composition from the University Of York, having been awarded the first Elizabeth Maconchy Fellowship to stusy there. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Creative and Performing Arts in Waterford Institute of Technology, and she performs regularly with choirs and singers both locally and further afield.
Commissions include an opera by Opera Theatre Company, Hot Food with Strangers (premiered in 1991 in Dublin, and in 1992 at Covent Garden), the NSO, Cork International Choral Festival, the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, and by the UO who premiered her Heron By the Weir in 2008.
She has written much music for young performers, notably, Lily’s Labyrinth, a children’s opera, which was performed by staff and students of WIT, a Lyric FM commission for RTE Cor na nOg, entitled This Is The Key, (2004), and her Creative Use of Classroom Singing are widely used by choirs of all age groups. Up and coming projects include a solo lecture/recital and a new work for guitar duo.
Join us for the 2nd concert in this series, and over to the Munster Bar for a festival drink afterwards!
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