Although Moeran provided an alternative ending for English Horn, the Ulster Orchestra has made the first recording with the composer’s preferred ending—beautifully sung by soprano Rebekah Coffey—creating an atmosphere of bleak and lonely expanse colored by birdsong. Naxos Review Recording
School Choir of the Year #SCOTY has begun !!!
January and February were days filled with choral singing from our competitors in the Junior and Senior heats of the BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year.
The competition is in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Ulster Youth Choir. It is my pleasure to represent The Ulster Youth Choir on the judging panel of this year’s competition.
During the competition heats we are all sworn to secrecy as to which choir is progressing to the semi –finals until our programmes begin their scheduled relay.
Tune in every Sunday at 2 p.m. to hear the Choir heats on BBC Radio Ulster for the remaining nine weeks as we progress to the Grand Final in April.
#SCOTY is such an uplifting and rewarding project to be involved with. As a professional singer I am living and breathing every note along the way with our choirs. I am willing them to do well in their vocal production, interpretation and characterization, while knowing how much confidence and bravery it takes to put oneself as a performance on a stage to be critiqued.
It has become more than a competition with one winner but a celebration of the great works that conductors, pianists, répétiteurs and our choral singers are doing in schools throughout Northern Ireland.
Born in Northern Ireland, I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast Bachelor of Music and then from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with a Postgraduate Vocal Diploma. Since 2002 I have been performing in Operas, Oratorios and Concerts throughout the U.K and Ireland.
In the field of opera I have performed roles with many opera companies including Opera North, English Touring Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Ni Opera, Lyric Opera, Castleward Opera, Buxton Festival, The Belfast Festival at Queens, Aldeburgh Festival, Stowe Opera and Bampton Classical Opera.
I have performed often with The Ulster Orchestra including their Proms in the Park concert at Hillsborough Castle and my broadcasts include Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4.
I perform regularly in intimate recitals and large corporate events. Should you wish to discuss a forthcoming event please send me a message using the contact form below. I work with a number of pianists and also with The Ulster String Quartet and I would be happy to programme the perfect music for your event.
For details of my opera and concert performance repertoire click here
Voice coaching is available in my purpose built studio. Click here to contact me
‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ (Pamina’s Act Two lament from The Magic Flute), the other Mozart selection, requires more inwardness and intensity. Although Coffey’s voice is not naturally muscular or aggressive, her upper register surges and expands impressively here, vividly communicating the character’s emotional desolation. Coffey’s is a relatively light, lyrical soprano voice, at times almost soubrettish …
School Choir of the Year 2017
Tune into BBC Radio Ulster, Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. to hear the Junior and Senior Choirs compete in for a place in the semi- final.
Anything but Bland
Dumbworld and Ni Science Festival present a new work by Brian Irvine and John Mcllduff. It tells the inspiring tale of maverick aviator Lilian Bland who was the first woman in history to design, build and fly her own airplane (off the top of Carnmoney Hill in Northern Ireland!).
Wednesday 15th February, Ulster Hall, Performances at 6.30 p.m. and 8 .30 p.m.