An evening with Collette Grant – ‘With a Song in My Heart’

On Saturday the 25th of September join Colette Grant (contralto) and Michael Grant (piano) in the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew’s Church in Lucan at 8pm for an evening of song. The programme will include well known classical and blues songs associated with Kathleen Ferrier and Billie Holiday – two great ladies of song!

Colette Grant( Contralto)

Colette started winning awards at Feiseanna when she was 16.  She studied with Veronica Dunne in Dublin, Kim Borg in Salzburg and Hervey Allen in London.

On the operatic front amongst the roles she has undertaken are Meg Page in “the Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicholai and Frugola in “Il Tabaro” by Puccini.  She appeared on the stage of the Abbey Theatre in the part of “the Mother” in the premier of the Irish National Opera production of A. J. Potter’s opera “The Wedding”.   She has appeared in operettas and musicals including the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire and in particular playing the part of Julie in “Showboat”.    In the field of Oratorio she has sung the contralto solos in works such as Messiah, Samson and Elijah.

As a solo recitalist, accompanied by Michael at the piano, she has performed at venues around the country.  In the immediate hinterland of Lucan she features regularly as guest soloist with the Dunboyne Consort and the Meath County Council Choir.  Most recently she devised and performed a programme of arias from the operas and oratorios of Handel to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his death in 2009.

Michael Grant (Piano)

Michael is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in London and studied piano in Dublin and Saltzburg.   He started studying the piano at the age of 6 and first broadcast on what was then Radio Éireann when he was 9 years of age.  He has toured throughout Ireland and in Europe and the USA as soloist and accompanist and as musical director with groups such as Irish National Opera and Wicklow Opera.  He researches and presents specialist music programmes regularly on RTE Lyric FM and talks on aspects of music in the Central Music Library.

This promises to be a great nights entertainment, come along to St Andrews Church on September 25th at 8pm. Admission €10

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