A wonderful end to the season.
Sunday 29th May was a sultry summer evening that warmed even the ancient stones of the Church of St David in Naas. St David’s is one of the choir’s favourite venues; the acoustic is crystal clear, the surroundings are beautiful and the space is intimate.
The warm weather brought out a large audience, with many music lovers buying tickets at the door, enticed by the good weather and our lovely signage. There was scarcely a seat in the church unoccupied, but we opened up the balcony and some lucky audience members got a bird’s eye view.
The choir was in particularly good voice and, guided by Aine Mulvey on the podium and Annalisa Monticelli at the piano, we gave one of our best concerts ever.
Our soloists on the night added hugely to our enjoyment of the concert. Nás na Rí Singers has a policy of providing professional platforms to local artists, especially at the early stages of their careers. Rising Kildare baritone, Peter Manning was a picture of relaxed effortlessness, flawlessly performing European classics in the first half, and favourites from the Irish art song repertoire in the second. Young harpist, Ruth O’Hara, a student at nearby St Mary’s College, wowed the choir and audience alike with her skills, and we are delighted and proud that we provided her first professional appearance, with many members of her proud family in the church with us to share this special day.
A special word of thanks to the choir’s own soloists, John O’Neill, Andrew Fox and Orla McAlinden, and to Hugh Gallagher, who was a wonderful Master of Ceremonies. Thanks, as always, to Reverend Philip Heak for the use of the magnificent venue.
A wonderful end to a busy and very successful year.