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CULTURE


by Mailo Power


My Waterford Eye Art, Culture, Design and Living


At fi rst April was the second month


of the early Roman calendar, but when the ancient Romans began using January as the fi rst month it became the fourth. There is some debate about whether April originated from the word ‘Aprilis’ which means ‘to open’ or from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love. I fi nd it hard to believe that it is a


year since I mentioned my Dad’s love of singing Al Jolson’s April Showers. The year has fl own by, and here we are once again welcoming those April showers that bring the fl owers that bloom in May.


MUSIC AND


POETRY Music


Stars to take centre stage at the Waterford Festival of Food Concerts. On April 12 the opening night of the festival an evening of opera is on offer at Dungarvan Town Hall. ‘If Music be the Food of Love’ offers an evening with Soprano Fiona O’Reilly and Mezzo Soprano Christina O’Flynn joined by one of Ireland’s foremost accompanists, Dr Rhonda Dullea. This concert offers delightful gems from Opera,


Musical Theatre and much more. Tickets are €15 single and €25 for a pair available from The Wine Buff, Dungarvan. Singer Songwriters Ann Scott, Róisín


INSPIRING AND CONNECTING The hugely successful Waterford


Writers’ Weekend took place once again in the city last month, inspiring readers and connecting writers with the community incorporating the Sean Dunne Young Writers Awards which were initiated in Waterford in 1996 as a commemorative celebration for the journalist, poet and editor Seán Dunne who had passed away at the age of 39. An initiative of Waterford City Council the annual Awards are for up and coming writers who are 30 years old or younger. This year’s Seán Dunne Young Writers


Award was won by Craig Gibson from Belfast for his piece ‘Daisies’ a wistful observational journal following Tizano Crudeli on his daily walks around New York. The Junior Award for those under the


age of 16 went to Aoife Green from Donegal for her prose piece ‘Up and Over’- a story about Nathanael Iorath a Welsh boy soldier in the Trenches. The Sean Dunne local writer’s award


went to Dean Hayes from Waterford City for his poem ‘You are an Actress’ a piece that explores the space between an obsessive audience member and a performer. Others awarded during the festival were Kyle Hutchison, Seán Duggan, Gavin Power and Desmond Ulamen from Scoil Lorcain, Sean’s Dunne’s former school.


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Clancy and Colm Power of the extended Clancy family - will also perform some of the Clancy Brothers repertoire, in Dungarvan on April 14. This unique double bill of music and poetry is a preview of the Storytelling Southeast 2012 Festival, which will take place in Dungarvan later in the year and according to festival director Bo Mandeville is a “balanced organic nutrition for our creative being.” That aside the performers in this blend


of food, music and poetry create a dish certainly not to be missed. Ann Scott a star very much on the rise, a multiple Meteor Award nominee and with her debut album voted in the top 100 albums EVER by Hot Press Magazine, she is a key ingredient in this show. The gastronomic evening of food,


music poetry and song takes place on Saturday, April 14 at 8pm at The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Tickets are €10 single and €15 for a pair available from The Park Hotel (058 42899) The Wine Buff, Dungarvan and the Waterford Festival of Food Box Offi ce. For further details see www. storytellingsoutheast.com


MAKING A WELCOME RETURN Formerly the Waterford International


Festival of Light Opera began in 1958 and ran for 49 consecutive years. Following a newly formatted festival in 2010 to celebrate its 50th anniversary, 2012 sees the Waterford International Music Festival set to make a welcome return to the beautifully restored Theatre Royal from May


1st to May 13th The 2012 Waterford International


Music Festival promises 10 nights of high calibre musical talent featuring fi ve nights of competitive light opera, three nights of the highly popular High Schools Musical Festival, a cabaret style fi nal night and a headline performance by Irish tenor Finbar Wright. Ben Barnes, Director, Waterford’s


Theatre Royal, is delighted with the return of the Waterford International Music Festival. “Waterford has a long and highly esteemed tradition of musicals and has always been a popular venue for musical productions from all over the world.”


Theatre Royal Tuesday 1st to Sunday 13th May Box Offi ce: 051 874 402 www.theatreroyal.ie www.waterfordintlmusicfestival.com


FEATURED ARTIST FINBAR


WRIGHT Cork native


Finbar Wright is no stranger to Waterford or the Theatre Royal as he celebrated 20 years of music with a sell out performance in February 2010. An accomplished and versatile performer, Finbar Wright has enjoyed a spectacular musical career around the globe and has performed with the Irish Tenors, Monserrat Caballé, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis. Ben Barnes added “Finbar’s wonderful


voice and presence makes him a fi rm favourite with Waterford music lovers. Waterford audiences took him to their hearts when he performed here in 2010 and we are pleased that he is coming back to perform a very special concert in aid of the Waterford International Music Festival on Thursday, May 3rd.”


Theatre Royal Booking Offi ce on 051 874402 www.theatreroyal.ie


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