Cork City Musical Society
Date: Saturday 16th Dec
Place: St Peter's Cork
Tickets: Free of Charge, All Welcome!
We are thrilled to welcome the Cork City Musical Society to St. Peter’s Cork this coming Saturday 16th December. The wonderful singers will be warming our venue with Christmas cheer as they perform a free concert of choral and solo classics.
The concert will run from 12pm-1pm and is completely free to all. There will be a collections box on the day going towards funding the Society”s 2018 musical. Join us and Portafilter for coffee, carols and culture this Saturday! A lovely break between rounds of Christmas shopping in Cork City Centre and the Old Town!
About Cork City Musical Society:
Cork City Musical Society was set up in 2015 as a community initiative by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy to foster social inclusion through musical theatre. To date, the society has put on four productions at the Firkin Crane, two musicals; Sweet Charity and Crazy For You and two concert revues; Dreams of the Soul and most recently Songs from the Heart last September. Each production has showcased talented performers from all ages, backgrounds and experience levels under the guidance of highly respected local professionals such as Michael Young (Musical Director), Aisling Byrne-Gaughan and Aileen Coffey (Choreographers).
The Society is currently engaged in a number of promotional and fundraising ventures. Our members have recently featured on the 96FM Opinion Line and the YouTube channel, TheLabTV-Ireland. They also performed at the Glow Cork Festival in aid of the Irish Lung Foundation. Its goal for 2018 is to put on a third full-scale musical production and to integrate further into the community of Cork City.
About the Performers
Denis sang his first note at age 48 and was honoured to receive a principal part in his first audition with Fermoy Musical Society. He has gained further experience in Cork City Musical Society under the direction of Kieran McCarthy where he has played principal parts in Sweet Charity and Crazy for You. He sang ‘Take Me to the Church on Time’ from My Fair Lady at the Society’s most recent event, Songs from the Heart last September and wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas. His New Years’ Resolution? To get to the church on time!
Deidre lives in Cork, has loved singing for a very long time and enjoyed performing in many school musicals. Her first foray into Cork City Musical Society was as the Receptionist in its very first musical, Sweet Charity. Subsequently, she enjoyed ensemble roles in further productions, became a founding committee member and a very enthusiastic carol singer at the Glow Cork Festival (and indeed, a very enthusiastic person all round!)
Tanya Adamson is a classically trained performer, a drama teacher with Konfident Kidz; working with children ranging from different abilities. She is also a director, writer and composer. She has just completed her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Theatre and Drama at the Cork Institute of Technology, Cork School of Music. Previously she has taught drama and singing with Star Camps and Wolfe Stage School and was the vocal coach for the McCarthy’s Talent Competition two years in a row. Other qualifications include Grade eight in both Drama and Musical Theatre with L.A.M.D.A. She has completed a summer course with Mountview London in musical theatre in 2010 and was chosen to train with European Creatives Futures Programme in Holland in 2014. In the summer of 2012 she had the opportunity to engage children and adults with special needs in drama, art and music during her position as Camp Counselor with Friendship Ventures in Minnesota U.S.A. Tanya has worked as a performer and a visual artist at Ireland’s major music festivals which include Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Townlands. She has recently directed her newly written musical, The Many Hats of Ivy Rose O’ Rourke and has experience in performing in all areas of theatre spanning twelve years.
Jelena Belan has recently moved to Cork from Toronto, Canada. She has had a passion for musical theatre, singing and performance from a very young age. She has performed in theatres across Canada, the United States and Asia. She is excited to be a part of this production with past stage appearances in the “Blood Brothers” musical
and in other musical theater revues portraying characters like Mama Morton from “Chicago”, Rose from “Gypsy” and Nancy from “Oliver”. Jelena really enjoys the Society for their talent, enthusiasm, dedication and encouragement throughout their creative process.
Kevin is currently concluding his postgraduate studies at CIT Cork School of Music, where he developed his passion for musical theatre and graduated with a First-Class Honours BMus training in singing under Robert Craig whilst also achieving the award of “Highest Placed Student” for three consecutive years. At present, he is the Public Relations Officer for Cork City Musical Society and very much enjoys seeking to further the Society and gain more performance opportunities not only for himself, but for the other members of the Society too as he considers them his second family. He sang as a soloist at the Society’s first revue Dreams of the Soul in 2015 and subsequently played Sam in its 2016 production of Crazy For You. Previous favourite roles include The Wolf (Into the Woods / CIT Cork School of Music), Reuben (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat / Everyman Theatre), Annas the High Priest (Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert / CIT Cork School of Music) and chorus roles in Cork Operatic Society’s award winning productions of Pagliacci and Der Vampyr. Kevin is also an avid soloist who looks forward to performing at weddings, releasing an EP of his original songs and partaking in the Society’s next ventures all in 2018. In his own words, “There’s no-go like all-go!”
Angelina was so thrilled to join Cork’s Musical Society this year as she has always been a keen performer. She is a graduate of U.C.C’s Drama and Theatre Studies and of The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City. She loves singing, dancing, acting, traveling and pretty much all the fun things in life. Angelina runs an Anti-Bullying programme called ‘Hero Starts With Her’ and spends her time working with girls in Schools across Ireland. The programme aims to prevent and combat the negative effects of female bullying while promoting kindness, courage and positivity. Angelina is so excited to be able to bring a little bit Christmas Cheer to Cork City this year by singing loud for all to hear. She wishes everyone a Magical Christmas and the Happiest of New Years!