Tuesday, 16th January 2018
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A group of local choral singers got together earlier this year and came up with the idea to stage Handel's Messiah in Waterford at Christmas, bringing back to the city large scale orchestral and choral works.

After extensive auditions, and the choral communities embracing the idea, that idea has become a reality and now 80 choir singers, along with a full orchestra and soloists will all come together to perform the popular Christmas masterpiece during Winterval. The majority of choir singers are from Waterford City and County, and they are joined by singers from Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary. The organisers are Joe O'Berne, Liz O'Mahony and Lynn Cahill, this new and innovative choral group is called Notable Works. Together, with the artistic direction of music producer Shane O'Shea (Project Music Management), and their philosophy of mixing the very best local, national and international talent, they have enticed the international Soprano Niamh Murray (IRL), Mezzo Sandra Wickham (UK), Tenor John Andert (Korea/US), Baritone Peter Fristrip (Denmark), the Musici Ensemble (IRL), Jacob Shaw on Cello (UK) and David Lau Magnussen on Harpsichord (Denmark) to perform in this unique and inspirational event. Handel's Messiah will be conducted by well known Waterford man Kevin O'Carroll. The evening will be presented by Michael Murphy, retired RTE journalist and author. He will also be available to meet the audience after the event and sign copies of his new book. The performance takes place in the beautiful acoustic of St. John´s Church on Sunday the 3rd of December at 7.30 pm. Tickets can be reserved at the Theatre Royal Box Office on 051-874402 or enquiries on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Book early, as this will sell out, the previous evening the event takes place in St. Canice´s Cathedral, Kilkenny, opening their YuleFest, with ARIS Choir, a weekend for this region to be proud of.


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