Mu­si­cal direc­tor Pat was a true gent with a big heart

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS and friends of Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety were deeply sad to learn of the re­cent death of Pat Dun­leavy, a former Mu­si­cal Direc­tor.

Pat was an en­thu­si­as­tic and supportive honorary mem­ber of Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety (BMS) for many years. Pat took on the chal­leng­ing role of Mu­si­cal Direc­tor for the so­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tions of The Py­jama Game, Oliver, An­nie, West Side Story, An­nie Get Your Gun, and most no­tably Chess, for which he won Best Mu­si­cal Direc­tor at the pres­ti­gious AIMS Awards Cer­e­mony in 2001.

Pat was also the first Mu­si­cal Direc­tor to bring BMS to the New Ross Choral Fes­ti­val, where the group won the Bal­ly­clare Rose Bowl Tro­phy for their ren­di­tion of ‘The Rhythm of Life’.

He is de­scribed by his friends as small in stature, but big in heart, a true gen­tle­man and al­ways with a beam­ing smile on his face.

He would never ridicule the cast for get­ting a song wrong, in­stead he would work back­wards with the cast through the song from the last bar to the first un­til it was right.

Those who knew Pat have in­cred­i­bly fond mem­o­ries of mu­sic and laugh­ter with him, which are shared reg­u­larly by cur­rent so­ci­ety mem­bers. Pat was well known to have a cam­era around his neck the closer it got to open­ing night and now many of those mem­o­ries are cap­tured in his pho­tos for­ever.

He lived in Tem­pleogue, but came to Bray daily to en­joy a walk. He re­mained a pa­tron of Bray Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety and, last April, at­tended their pro­duc­tion of God­spell at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre.

He was also a former RTÉ or­ches­tra man­ager and con­certs man­ager, as well as mu­si­cal direc­tor of Dublin Con­cert Band for over 30 years and a con­trib­u­tor to the Army School of Mu­sic.

He left a huge im­pres­sion on all those who had the priv­i­lege to play un­der his ba­ton, and his con­tri­bu­tion to the world of band­ing in Ire­land was im­mense. Dublin Con­cert Band were among those to play at Pat’s fu­neral Mass.

Pat passed away peace­fully at Tal­laght Hos­pi­tal on De­cem­ber 29 af­ter a short illness.

He is survived by his wife An­gela, Lily, son Colum, daugh­ter-in-law Cather­ine, grand­chil­dren Bryan, Siob­han and Ni­amh, broth­ers-in-law, sis­ters-in-law, ex­tended fam­ily, neigh­bours and friends. He was sadly pre­de­ceased by his son Pa­trick.

Pat’s fu­neral took place at the Church of St Jude the Apos­tle, Tem­pleogue, on Tues­day, Jan­uary 2, be­fore burial at Kil­mashogue Ceme­tery.

The late Pat Dun­leavy.

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