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29 October 2009

DVCA Autumn Concerts 2009

Melanie Johnston (Soprano)
  Emma Gibbins (Piano)

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Last year saw the beginning of the Autumn Concerts Doagh. The four original concerts were organized by Doagh Village Community Association to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Newtownabbey Borough. The performances were so enjoyed by those who attended that the Association have committed themselves to make the concert an annual event.

The aim of staging the events here in Doagh is to provide high class performances locally thus making it much more convenient for the local community to attend without having to travel long distances to enjoy superb live entertainment.

Last autumn we collaborated with our partners from Mont-Dol and Dol de Bretagne in Brittany who arranged for two accomplished artists, pianist and singer Thibaut Guillois and Beatrice Tronel, to give concerts here in Doagh. Several of us visited Brittany to attend their series of "Musicales Hivernales". Having seen the impact this was having in another rural community similar to Doagh we felt that repeating this initiative here would be of great benefit to our own community.

For the first concert this year we have managed to attract a truly gifted local singer to open our season. She is Melanie Johnston who presently lives in Ballyclare. Her mother Norma, who is also a singer, actually lives here in Doagh! Melanie will be accompanied by Emma Gibbins, an accomplished pianist who is presently the Director of Music at St George's Church in the center of Belfast. The concert is supported by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland and Newtownabbey Borough Council

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