The Nas na Ri Singers’ summer concert took place on Friday 17th May in Newbridge College Church. Musical Director, Aine Mulvey devised an exhilarating programme of glorious music in praise of Nature, spanning six centuries of outstanding compositions.
Excerpts from the works of renowned classical composers such as Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Gluck, Haydn, Elgar and Schubert, featured alongside more contemporary but equally engaging pieces by Rutter, Chilcott, Keen, Sumner (better known as Sting) and Gjeilo, an exciting young Norwegian composer. Ms. Mulvey’s skill and talent was shown to the full in conducting this 75 strong vocal ensemble through a wide ranging programme of such diverse musical styles encompassing a variety of harmonies.
Guest soloists on the evening were Katy Kelly (soprano) and Gemma Ni Bhriain (mezzo-soprano). Accompanying choir and soloists with his customary aplomb was the multi-talented Charles Marshall on piano and organ. MC for the evening was Naas native Helen Spring, well known to local audiences as an accomplished actress and singer in her own right.
March 10th 2013 saw a choir trip to the Kilkenny Music Festival. And a successful trip it was, with the Nas na Ri Singers taking home the Clara Parish Shield for their performance in the Sacred Section and runners up to the Wicklow Male Voice Choir in the Colohan Cup Open Section