Community band in tune for concert

Mezzo Ceara Grehan. INPT04-010
Mezzo Ceara Grehan. INPT04-010

Renowned mezzo singer Ceara Grehan will be the guest artist at South Ulster Community Band’s annual concert.

The concert will be held in Portadown Town Hall on Friday, February 6 and offers music to suit all tastes.

This year’s programme will include the popular Strauss overture Die Fledermaus and theme music from films including Skyfall and Gladiator.

Ceara trained at the City of Belfast School of Music, was awarded a bursary from Opera Northern Ireland and trained with Laura Sarti and West End vocal coach Mary Hammond.

Her classical performances range from oratorio (Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater) to opera (Cosi Fan Tutti, Tosca, & Il Travatore with Opera Northern Ireland).

Ceara’s love of musical theatre has seen her perform leading roles in more than 20 shows all over Ireland. She has been nominated twice for best female singer in Ireland by the Irish Association of Musical Societies and won this title for the role of Mrs Anna in The King and I at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

She is also in great demand as a concert soloist throughout Ireland and England. Ceara has become such a hit with the Belfast concert-going public that she has been invited back many times to perform as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra in the Waterfront and Ulster Hall, including ‘Lloyd Webber plays Lloyd Webber’ with Julian Lloyd Webber, the songs of George Gershwin and the ever popular Viennese concerts.

Ceara also performs with the critically acclaimed Leading Ladies who sing regularly throughout the province.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children under 12 and can be purchased from band members; Winnie’s Newsagents, Woodhouse Street; at the door on the evening of the concert (subject to availability); or by contacting Tel:07795950883.

The 35-piece, cross-community band rehearses every Thursday night in Portadown Integrated Primary School.