Performance of Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation”
Join us for the musical “big bang” of Haydn’s Creation performed by Wexford Festival Singers, on Sunday 3rd November
Wexford Festival Singers will perform the Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, The Creation, for this year’s Wexford Festival Choral Concert, which takes place in Rowe Street Church, Wexford on Sunday 3rd November at 3pm. The choir’s musical director, Dr Kevin O’Carroll, will conduct the concert which will feature va Dodd, soprano, Andrew Gavin tenor and David Corr baritone, with the Waterford Concert Orchestra lead by Eimear Heeney. Tickets €20.00 (children €10) are available from www.wexfordartscentre.com 053 9123764 or from any Wexford Festival Singers member.
Haydn’s life-affirming work was greeted with great acclaim when it was first staged in 1798. The first performance was sold out and was so popular that the police were required to control the crowd. The text of this life-affirming work draws on the books of Genesis and Psalms as well as Milton’s Paradise Lost. It contains some of Haydn’s most inspiring and uplifting music, including magically descriptive orchestral writing, triumphant choruses, and a trio of angels (portrayed by soprano, tenor, and bass soloists) who act as narrators.
Wexford Festival Singers is a mixed voice choir whose repertoire ranges from major classical to contemporary works. Established in 1975, choir members come from Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and further afield, and include all ages, backgrounds, occupations and interests. Their common bond is a love of music and a desire to share it with the community. The choir performs a number of concerts each year, the highlight of which is the well known annual Wexford Festival Choral Concert.
Ava Dodd, soprano
Ava Dodd is in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Music Performance (vocal studies) in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her principal teachers are Professor Mary Brennan and Dr. Dearbhla Collins.
She recently won seven Competitions in the Feis Ceoil, 2019, including the Gervase Elwes, the Margaret Burke Sheridan, the Percy Whitehead and the Plunket Greene Cups, and qualified as a finalist in the RDS Music Bursary.
Ava also received the ‘Most Promising’ award in the Irene Sandford Competition 2019. In Arklow Music Festival 2018, she received the Overall Festival award and the Wadden Bursary.
Ava has performed in diverse venues including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Birr Theatre, the RDS Concert Hall, the Peacock Theatre, Saint Anne’s Church and Kilmainham Gaol. She performed in both of RIAM’s productions this year: ‘La liberazione di Ruggiero’ by Françesca Caccini and ‘Banished’ by Stephen McNeff. In October 2019, Ava will perform in a solo recital in Calary Church, Wicklow.
Andrew Gavin, tenor
Andrew completed his Masters in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 2016, achieving First Class Honours under the tutelage of Mary Brennan. He is also a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he attained First Class Honours in English Literature; he also holds an M. Phil in Children’s Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
He made his Irish National Opera debut in April as Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro. In October 2017 he created the roles of Alleyne, O’Halloran and Bob in Andrew Synnott’s Dubliners at Wexford Festival Opera, and later performed the work with Opera Theatre Company in Dublin. Earlier in 2017 he sang the role of Damon in Irish National Opera’s tour of Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2016 as part of Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration. At the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2016 he sang the role of Arbace in a concert performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo, and he was a winner of the 2016 PwC Wexford Festival Opera Emerging Young Artist bursary.
Notable oratorio engagements include Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Liszt’s Coronation Mass, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Choral), Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 (Lobegesang), CPE Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s St John Passion and the complete Mozart mass series of the Dún Laoghaire Choral Society.
David Corr, baritone
Dublin born baritone David Corr graduated with a BMus (Performance) in 2017 from the TUD Conservatory of Music & Drama where he studied voice and continues to study under Emmanuel Lawler and repetiteur Aoife O’Sullivan. He was awarded the Conservatory’s Gold Medal for his recital in 2018.David is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio for 2019/2020
David has had numerous successes in competition, including Feis Ceoil, for Italian aria, English Song and Oratorio. David won the Frank Cowle Trophy and gold medal for Baritone Solo at the ESB Feis Ceoil in 2017 and the silver medal for the Count John McCormack recital. He also won the Conservatory’s Messiah Cup for Oratorio in 2014, 2017 and 2018
David has performed widely throughout Ireland at festivals and in concert. In 2018 he was selected by Irish National Opera to participate in the Young Artists’ Showcase. He sang the role of Papageno accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
David’s oratorio performances have included the baritone solo role in Oratorio de Noel by Saint-Saëns and the bass solo in Handel’s Messiah. In February 2019 he was the bass soloist with the Belfast Philharmonic Society’s event ‘Come and Sing Messiah’ accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra.
David recently toured Northern Ireland with the performance of a new opera for children ‘The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse’ (Greg Caffrey). He also performed Jacques Offenbach’s Tulipatan.
Wexford Festival Singers are a mixed voice choir whose repertoire ranges from major classical to contemporary works. Established in 1975, choir members come from the South East and include singers of all ages, backgrounds, occupations and interests. Their common bond is a love of music and a desire to share it with the community. The Wexford Festival Singers is a not for profit choir and performs at least 3 concerts each year, the highlight of which is the choral concert during the Wexford Festival. The choir has performed many of the great choral works. Its most recent choral concert featured Jubilate Deo by the contemporary American composer, Dan Forrest. Further info: Nicky Roberts, Wexford Festival Singers firstname.lastname@example.org or from www.wexfordfestivalsingers.com
Dr Kevin O’Carroll is a choral conducting teacher and workshop leader. He has provided workshops for choirs all over the island of Ireland, Scandinavia and the US. Kevin is a conducting tutor at NUI Maynooth and the University of Limerick, and is an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In addition to conducting chamber choir Madrigallery for over 20 years, Kevin also conducts Wexford Festival Singers and Notable Works, a large Waterford based choir. As part of his work with choirs, he has conducted Dublin Symphony Orchestra, City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra, Musici Ireland and the Wexford Festival Orchestra.
Eimear Heeney began studying violin at the age of four. A multiple prize-winner at the Dublin Feis Ceoil, Eimear was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra for 10 years and completed an MA in Violin Performance in 2007. Currently teaching violin, Budding Bows and Concert Strings at WIT, Eimear is co-leader of the Waterford Concert Orchestra and has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. A soloist with The Three Tenors, Eimear has also accompanied a wide range of artists on stage and TV, including Katherine Jenkins, The Coronas and Josh Groban.