Dungannon Choral Society’s spring concert with Margaret Keys

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DUNGANNON Choral Society’s Spring Concert is always something to look forward to and this year will be a performance not to miss as there will be a guest appearance from soprano Margaret Keys.

Margaret was born and educated in Derry/Londonderry, and graduated from St Mary’s University College, Belfast, with a first class honours Bachelor of Music Education degree. She went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where she obtained her Masters degree. Whilst there she took singing masterclasses with Dame Felicity Lott and Sir Philip Langridge.

Margaret has gone from teaching music in her native city, to performing in New Zealand in front of thousands, as well as the BBC Proms and many venues in New York. She gained a record deal with Universal Records after touring New Zealand.

Universal Classics Managing Director said of her voice: “Every once in a while, an artist makes you truly feel humbled: Margaret Keys is one of those artists. She has a voice of pure beauty and warmth, which only true talent can express. I know the world will fall in love with Margaret Keys.”

As always Meta Bell, the society’s conductor has chosen a very varied programme of music for the choir- with some good old favourites and some new pieces. And post-St Patrick’s Day there will also Irish favourites – ‘Eileen Oge’, ‘The Ould Lammas Fair’, ‘Cockles and Mussels’, and ‘She moved through the Fair’.

Spiritual offerings ‘When the Saints go Marching in’ and ‘My Lord what a Mornin’ will be sang as well as selections from ‘The King and I’, a spoof on some of the ‘classics’, and lots more. The concert will finish with ‘The Holy City’. The choir’s accompanist will be Susan Stewart.

The evening promises a great night’s entertainment and an opportunity to listen to a talented international Soprano. The concert will be held in the Royal School Dungannon on Thursday 22 March at 8pm.

Ticket programmes are available from members of the society, or can be purchased at the door – adults £8 and students £4.