Music in Fermanagh are delighted to be bringing together two superb talents in the world of music. Outstanding mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin and thrilling pianist Ruth McGinley are coming together at the Ardhowen Theatre on Tuesday 13th June at 8.00pm for ‘Songs & Divas’.
Carrickfergus-born mezzo-soprano Carolyn Dobbin trained on the Opera Theatre Company Young Artist Programme in Dublin and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She has worked with numerous opera companies and her wide repertoire includes the title role in Carmen and Maddalena in Rigoletto. In concert she has performed Handel’s Messiah with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Carolyn established the Northern Irish Song Project which has seen her collect and record songs by Northern Irish composers including Joan Trimble and Howard Ferguson. She is a passionate advocate for the art music of her native Northern Ireland.
Pianist Derry-born Ruth McGinley had already gained widespread recognition as one of Ireland’s leading pianists by the age of 16, winning countless accolades including the piano final of the BBC young musician of the year award in 1994. Since then her career has been wide-ranging and daring, collaborating with some of the most acclaimed musicians working today and straying from the typical classical-pianist journey. Studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Royal Academy in London, she has performed as soloist with many orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic and as a recitalist throughout the U.K., Europe and the Middle East. She broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, BBC Radio Ulster and Lyric FM. She is also a highly sought-after collaborator and works with musicians from many backgrounds including jazz, folk, electronic and film music.
The varied and exciting programme for the evening will include German lied, Handel, Irish art songs, operatic arias including a Joan Trimble aria, Joan Trimble songs, Howard Ferguson folk songs, opera pops and other fun pieces, in other words something for everyone. Tickets are on sale now price £15-00/under 25’s £5-00 from www.ardhowen.com.
The evening is being presented by Music in Fermanagh, a registered charity, with the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Fermanagh/Omagh District Council.