Presentation of Charity Concert Proceeds
Roscrea Community Choir under the baton of Ms. Lucia McCarthy and accompanied by Ms. Joan Murray, performed with renowned local artiste Nigel Williams (bass) on November 7th in St. Cronan’s Church of Ireland Roscrea. The concert was in aid of “The Laurels”, Roscrea’s own hospice unit. The choir would like to thank all those who supported the concert and wish them every blessing and happiness for Christmas and the New Year. Proceeds on the night amounted to €6,033 and this was presented to Ms. Ann Murray, Matron, Dean Maxwell Home following the choir’s performance at the Service of Lessons and Carols in Roscrea Methodist Church on December 18th last.
Roscrea Community Choir, hosted a wonderful concert in the Church of Ireland Roscrea recently in aid of The Laurels at the Dean Maxwell Home.
The theme of the concert was a reflective one – “On the Journey” from the pen of Liam Lawton, which was heard on the night and also featured pieces from renowned composers such as Haydn, Sibelius and Verdi to mention but a few, as well as many modern and family favourites.
Special guest on the night was Roscrea’s own Nigel Williams who needed no introduction to local audiences. Nigel, a superb bass, came to national fame when he won the prestigious O’Mara Cup for the best male voice in the televised final of the Golden Voice of Ireland competition in 1985. Since then he has gone from strength to strength and travelled extensively performing various roles.
|Nigel Williams studied at the Dublin College of Music with Veronica Dunne (where he won the College Gold Medal) and at the Guildhall School in London. Awards included the Lombard and Ulster Music Foundation award, and he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier competition in 1988.
Nigel has appeared extensively in opera. Roles include Figaro, Papageno, Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Yamadori (Madame Butterfly), Zaretski (Eugene Onegin) and Ottone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea). He has appeared in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta at the Aldeburgh Festival and in several roles at the Wexford Festival, and made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Gluck's Iphiginie en Tauride.
He has appeared as Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Teatro della Zarzuela, Madrid, and the National Concert Hall, Athens, with the English Bach Festival.
Concert work and oratorio have included many appearances with the NSOI (including the Brahms Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Haydn's Paukenmesse), and his repertoire ranges from Monteverdi through the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Fauré to the premières of new works by James Wilson and Brian Boydell.
He is a regular soloist with the Orchestra of St Cecilia in their complete Bach Cantata project, and has also appeared with them in the St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under Barry Douglas. He has broadcast many times for RTÉ and the BBC. Commercial recordings include the premières of Lyell Cresswell's A Modern Ecstasy with the Slovak Radio Orchestra, and Patrick Cassidy's The Children of Lir, and he was also soloist with the NSOI in the first commercial recording of Stanford's Requiem.
Nigel has also had a successful career as a conductor and repetiteur. For example, he founded and directed Musica Sacra and the Dublin Bach Players, groups specialising in performance of religious music of the German baroque.
Among Nigel's many awards was the O'Mara Cup for the best male voice in the televised final of the Golden Voice of Ireland competition in 1985. He also gained awards from Friends of the Vocal Arts in Ireland in 1986 and 1987.