Church will be the setting for An Evening with the Classics

An Evening with the Classics offers a night of Classical Music in the beautiful setting of Old St. Mary’s Church, Clonmel on Thursday, September 29th.

An Evening with the Classics offers a night of Classical Music in the beautiful setting of Old St. Mary’s Church, Clonmel on Thursday, September 29th.

The concert features performances by Emma Walsh (soprano), Kelley Lonergan (piano and soprano) and Conor Palliser (piano and French Horn).

The programme includes songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Duparc and Debussy.

Tickets, which cost €14, are available in Premier Music, O’Connell Street.

Kelley Lonergan was born in Clonmel and attended the Presentation Primary and Secondary Schools. She was a member of both Banna Chluain Meala and Tipperary Millennium Orchestra for many years, playing the French Horn. Kelley started piano at the age of ten with Eileen Murray and then went on to study with Dillia Bryer for her Senior Certificate, for which she won a high achievers award.

She has a first class honours BMus degree, which she was awarded in 2010 from the Cork School of Music. It was here that she majored in piano performance and studied with Jan Cap for four years. Since enrolling in the School of Music in 2006 she has received master classes from well-known pianists such as Romain Descharmes, winner of the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, and Irish pianist Philip Martin. She is currently studying for her MA in piano accompaniment with Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Kelley also has a great love of singing, which was passed on to her by her parents Bernie and Noel Lonergan. She first started singing with Maeve Carey and is currently studying singing with Mary Mac Sweeney in the Cork School of Music. Kelley is going to on to study singing with Prof Tai Li Chu in the Conservatorio di Verona in November.

Emma Walsh began her vocal training with Olive Cowpar. During this period she was the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries throughout the country including The Capuchin Order Perpetual Trophy and Bursary at Feis Maitiu, Cork and Voice of the Feis at Feile Luimni, Limerick. Emma is a recent graduate of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and is studying singing with Prof. Susan J Waters.

Her stage roles included Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard, for which she received Best Female Singer 2004 – AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies), Mabel in The Pirates of Penzanze and Emma Carew in Jekyll and Hyde, both of which earned her the Best Female Singer award at Waterford Light Opera Festival in 2005 and 2006. Emma won RTE’s All Ireland Talent Showcase at NCH, Dublin in 2007 and was awarded Tipp FM’s Arts Bursary in 2008.

Recent operatic roles include Gianetta in The Gondoliers with Festival Productions, Dublin; Manon in Massenet’s Manon; and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart with The Guildhall Opera School, London.

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