Margaret Keys at Manx Last Night of the Proms
IRISH soprano Margaret Keys will return to the island to be the special guest singer at the Manx Last Night of the Proms 2012.
Held on Saturday, September 15, in the Gaiety Theatre, the event showcases the talents of the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass.
Margaret is an Irish classical crossover soprano from Derry in Northern Ireland.
At the tender age of 15, Margaret, who now has a record deal with Universal Records, was winner of the Trinity College of Music London Medal for the best overall performer in music examinations.
Since graduating with first-class honours and Masters degrees in vocal performance, Margaret has sung extensively throughout Ireland, the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand, where she performed at the prestigious Rotorua Lakeside Concert to an audience of 35,000.
She has won numerous awards, including the International Artists Profile Award, The New York Artist Award and was chosen as one of eight finalists in the RTE Young Diva of the Year.
She was also the winner of the BBC Fame Academy Award and had the opportunity to work and train alongside Broadway stars, directors and producers of several Broadway productions.
Margaret was delighted to perform on the PBS American TV Special with The Priests and in the BBC Proms event A Celebration to Sondheim in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
In March 2011, Margaret performed in several LA theatres, headlining the concert Ireland’s Favourite Stars alongside America’s Got Talent finalists.
She also performed several Broadway evening concerts with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and was invited to join the acclaimed tenor and West End star Alfie Boe and the National Symphony Orchestra in concert.
Another highlight was when Margaret appeared as special guest of the multi-platinum selling Fron Male Voice Choir during their recent tour to New York before joining them when they returned to tour the UK.
Earlier this year, she featured in the ITV Wales documentary Living the Dream, which was based on her tour with the Fron Male Voice Choir to New York.
In February, she made her debut at the grand Ulster Hall, Belfast and was invited to perform on a special BBC Sounds Classical Crossover programme.
Ans then, in April 2011, Margaret joined forces with the Warrington Male Voice Choir and Manx Concert Brass in a concert at the Villa Marina which raised more than £6,000 for charities supported by Help the Heroes.
Margaret is now an ambassador for Derry, the UK City of Culture 2013.
The Last Night of the Proms takes place at 8pm.
The second half of the concert will include traditional classics such as Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem for all to join in.
The concert is a popular event where the joint bands recreate the atmosphere of the BBC proms. Now, with their guest soloist confirmed, it promises to be an evening to remember.
Tickets, costing £12.50 in the stalls and £15 in the dress circle (concessions £10), are available from the box office on 600555, at the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal, Gaiety Theatre reception or online at www.villagaiety.com.
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