Patrick Cassidy. Photo: Dylan Townsend

Musical treat at Patrick Cassidy Summer School tribute concert

A FESTIVAL of traditional, classical and contemporary music and song is in store for attendees at the Patrick Cassidy Summer School tribute concert on Friday, April 29, at the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, from 8 p.m.

Following a welcome address by Patrick Cassidy on stage, compere for the evening, Vivienne Lee, will introduce the various acts, which includes the Limerick School of Music Orchestra, Maynooth University Chamber Choir, Harry Carpendale, harpist, Anne-Marie Gibbons, mezzo soprano, David Lynn, tenor, and Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble.

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Limerick School of Music Orchestra

Two sections of the orchestra will be performing, with the Limerick School of Music Senior Orchestra, featuring compositions from Carmen, Queen and Patrick Cassidy, while the Limerick School of Music Chamber Orchestra recites from GF Handel’s Solomon.

Maynooth University Chamber Choir

The award-winning Maynooth University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Michael T. Dawson, consists of a selection of the best singers from the university.

On this occasion, the choir will a sing a number of renowned classical pieces.

Music Generation Mayo Harp Ensemble

The Harp Ensemble operates under the musical direction of Gráinne Hambly from Claremorris and William Jackson, both acclaimed musicians and composers with many years of experience performing worldwide.

Grainne has put together a range of self-composed traditional Irish airs with William, and other melodies, for the night.

Harry Carpendale

Harry Carpendale is a retired primary, secondary and special needs teacher who joined Blessington Millennium Choir in 2012. He will perform some harp pieces from Patrick’s classic and traditional Children of Lir album.

Anne Marie Gibbons

Louisburgh native mezzo soprano Anne Marie Gibbons has made numerous appearances with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and as Company Principal with English National Opera roles, among other appearances across the UK, Ireland and Spain.

With the Limerick School of Music and the Maynooth University Chamber Choir, Anne Marie will sing Patrick’s beautiful aria, Vide Cor Meum, with David Lynn.

David Lynn

David Lynn, from Ballina, since Covid, has established the Lynn Academy of Music, a hub for music education and performing arts in north Mayo.

He will join Anne Marie Gibbons on the Vide Cor Meum ‘Finale’ performance.

The Patrick Cassidy Summer School 2022 is being held in Claremorris this weekend in association with Home to Mayo, DeCare, Claremorris Credit Union, Martins Coaches (Limerick), Touchstore & the McWilliam Park Hotel.