Let me first offer humble apologies for advertising this wonderful event AFTER the fact, but since I had not booked tickets, I might have ‘shot myself in the foot’ by offering pre-publicity for what is ALWAYS (and rightfully) a sell-out concert! It was superb!
I promise in future to give you advanced notice of each and every such event!
Her younger brother David is now a pianist of huge international standing and indeed, he is in such high demand worldwide that he rarely gets a chance to come home and perform in Newry.
At last, an area where we can rightfully claim to have world-class performers and in a cultural pursuit of the highest calibre. I am so proud!
David’s high standing in the field means of course that he has acquired greatly-talented and influential friends, some of whom he manages to attract to our shores!
Last night it was married couple Amanda Winfield (soprano) and Ravil Atlas (tenor) who – as befits the name – have conquered the world! Amanda’s performance of Mascagni’s Ave Maria brought tears to my eyes to the point where I had to hide my face from a possibly-bemused but certainly-bewitched audience.
Every other rendition was equally fantastic, both from our guests and from our own home-grown fabulous family pair!
It would probably be both self-indulgent and invidious of me to continue in this vein – to detail the excellent programme, for example – so I will conclude merely by encouraging you to become a "Friend of Newry Chamber Music" and to attend all future concerts.
It will literally be ‘for your own good!’.