School’s sell­out show sees Kearns’ Opera House de­but

Wexford People - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

WHILE sell­ing out the Na­tional Opera House can be a tall or­der for even some of the most es­tab­lished acts, stu­dents from FCJ Sec­ondary School in Bun­clody will be per­form­ing to a full house on Sun­day as they cel­e­brate the 200th an­niver­sary of the FCJ or­der in Europe.

The stu­dents will be joined by coun­ter­parts from Mount St Charles Academy from Rhode Is­land in the US, a school which FCJ has en­joyed links with for the past 25 years, tak­ing part in sev­eral ex­changes see­ing stu­dents tra­verse the At­lantic.

‘We’re de­lighted that it’s sold out,’ said FCJ Deputy Prin­ci­pal Brendan Daly, one of the brains be­hind the event. ‘We’ve had this no­tion of do­ing a big con­cert for years and we were de­lighted to be able to sell out such a pres­ti­gious venue as the Na­tional Opera House. On the night, we will have per­for­mances from our own school band, along with the Mount St Charles choral group and bands and a num­ber of spe­cial guests and past pupils.’

Among those sched­uled to per­form are Des Wil­loughby, Anne Marie Sheri­dan, Clare Ka­vanagh and the world renowned An­thony Kearns of The Ir­ish Tenors who, re­mark­ably is set to make his Opera House de­but.

‘An­thony has per­formed in the likes of Carnegie Hall and Syd­ney Opera House, but he has never per­formed in the Opera House in his home county,’ said Mr Daly. ‘We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it, and I think he is too.’ In to­tal the night will see over 275 mu­si­cians and singers tak­ing part un­der the Direc­tor­ship of Dale Hen­nessy and Marc Blanchette from the US, and it looks set to be a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with FCJ.

An­thony Kearns is set to make his Na­tional Opera House de­but at the FCJ con­cert.

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