Friends of Cloyne Cathedral, Ireland was set up in 2011 to encourage others to join us in helping to preserve a historic building of Christendom. Cloyne Cathedral, of the Church of Ireland is situated in the County of Cork and was built on older foundations around 1250 AD. It has undergone many changes through the years. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Cloyne, it is now one of three Cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
Cloyne Cathedral Concert A Roaring Success
On Friday, July 13th, St. Coleman’s Cathdral, Cloyne was the setting for a midsummer night’s concert featuring artists from Cork city and county. It was a case of standing room only as a sell-out crowd flocked to the Cathedral on a rainy Friday evening to soak up the atmosphere in the narthex of the ancient building.
MC Henry Cooper opened the evening by welcoming the 230-strong audience and set the scene with some historical information on the Cathedral and surrounding area. Very Rev Alan Marley, Dean of Cloyne, then informed those in attendance about the “Friends of Cloyne Cathedral”, which has been set up to promote the cathedral as an arts & cultural venue. The concert is the first official function to be held in the cathedral since the launch of the “Friends” last November.
The first performer of the evening was Dan Twomey, a tenor from Minane Bridge, who some might recognise from “The Voice of Ireland”. Dan, accompanied by Alison Tait on piano, charmed the crowd with beautiful performances of “Vienna, City of my Dreams”, a waltz by Rudolf Sieczynski; “Send in the Clowns” from the Sondheim musical A Little Night Music; and finally a magnificent performance of “Con Te Partiro” (Time to Say Goodbye), made famous by Andrea Bocelli.
Next to take to the stage were local group Arianne. The Midleton-based female quartet, under the direction of Anne Anderson, wowed with a mixture of classical, contemporary and musical theatre pieces. They sang “In Paradism” by Fauré; “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell, and “Music of the Night” from Lloyd-Webbers Phantom of the Opera.
Two young classical guitarists, recently graduated from Cork School of Music, then provided a change of direction with two contrasting instrumental pieces. David Keating and Aengus Kirakowski performed Theme & Variations in D Minor by Brahms; and 3rd Movement of Sonatina Canonica by Tedesco. This talented award winning duo has a bright future ahead of them.
The penultimate artist to take to the stage was Caroline Fraher, a soprano who hails from Cobh. Caroline, accompanied by Dominic Finn, stunned the crowed with a moving rendition of “Il Mondo E Nostro”, a classical version of Take That’s Rule the World. She followed with “Wild Mountainside”, a beautiful Scottish piece originally sung by Eddie Reader. Caroline’s final song was “I will pray for you”, most famously sung by Katherine Jenkins.
Local favourite, tenor David Maguire, accompanied by Anne Anderson, was the final performer of the evening. David’s superb performances of his chosen pieces, “Ombra Mi Fu” by Handel, “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables, and the traditional “Irish Blessing”, wonderfully arranged by Owen Lynch, ended the evening on a high note.
Our thanks go to Midleton College for providing the seating, to Maloney Pianos for the use of the piano, to Austin Brosnan for the sound system, to all those who sold tickets, and to the “Friends” members who got the cathedral ready for its first official evening on show. A special word of thanks to Henry Cooper for keeping the evening flowing, and to all those who attended and made the evening such a success.
Information on further events in the cathedral can be found on our Facebook page (search for Friends of Cloyne Cathedral), in the local press and in parish newsletters. If you would like to join the “Friends” and support the cathedral, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 - 4631449 for further information.