The school is delighted to welcome the duo of internationally renowned performers, Virginia Kerr and Veronica McSwiney on the 22nd February for what promises to be an evening of delightful music. The night will involve a mixture of song with accompaniment and also some solo piano pieces.

The event will start at 8pm and tickets will be €15 , Concessions €12.

Virginia Kerr

A constant on the international stage, Virginia Kerr’s career includes celebrated performances on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls and has taken her as far afield as Russia, Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico and North and South America. She has sung with the Royal Opera House: Ortlinde Die Walküre, Guinivere Gawain, Jenifer Midsummer Marriage, Frau Erwartung; Opera North, Scottish Opera, Leipzig Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Rome Opera to name but a few. She is a fine exponent of 20th century music, has given numerous Irish and world premieres and was awarded the Margaret Burke Sheridan medal in recognition of her achievements in the field of classical music. Recordings include Victory’s Ultima Rerum. Stanford Requiem/ The Veiled Prophet of Khorassen and her solo CD “My Heart and I” recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Robert Dean. Alongside a busy international performing career, Virginia Kerr is Professor of Voice at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the National University of Ireland Maynooth. She takes a very holistic approach to her teaching of singing and incorporates her training in psychology and body work into her vocal tuition. She has given master classes in the United States of America, Mexico, Georgia, The Far East, France and the United Kingdom. Virginia is in great demand to work with choirs throughout the country with a view to improving vocal technique. She is a regular broadcaster on RTE radio and television, has been a guest presenter for Lyric FM on several occasions and adjudicates at festivals and feiseanna throughout the country.

A keen interest in the workings of the psyche of musicians and performers led Virginia to pursue a Master of Science degree in psychotherapy with an emphasis on Musical Performance Anxiety. Virginia specialises in working with performers who suffer with performance anxiety and she incorporates this work into her performance psychology lecture series at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in addition to working privately at her private psychotherapy practice in Dublin. Her recently published book “Stage Fright” is available on her website www.virginiakerr.ie

Future engagements include concerts in France, a recital tour in USA and concerts throughout Ireland.

VERONICA MC SWINEY

Veronica McSwiney is one of Ireland’s finest international pianists with a career spanning 60 years. Born in Dublin and following studies in Dublin, London and Salzburg she was the first Irish pianist to enjoy an International career. Following her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, her fame spread far beyond her native Ireland. She was the first Irish artist to be invited to play extensively in the Soviet Union in 1975 and continued a very successful career there for over ten years. She has played throughout Europe and the USA both in Recital and as soloist with some of the world’s finest Orchestras. She based herself in the UK in 1980 and played with many orchestras there including the LSO, the CBSO, the BBC Philharmonic, Halle etc. Apart from her solo work while still living in Ireland, she also took a great interest in Chamber Music and Opera, becoming the Music Director of the original Irish National Opera in 1966, which she enjoyed for over twelve years. Veronica has always been interested in the wonderful talent there is in Ireland and has adjudicated at Festivals here and Internationally. Since her return to live back here in 1997 she has continued to give recitals throughout her native Ireland. Despite her busy career she managed to rear three children of whom she is very proud. She plays duos quite frequently with her violinist daughter AISLING O’ DEA who is a member of the famous Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and recently she has been giving two piano recitals with her great friend of many years, JOHN O’ CONOR