Christmas Music with the Ulster Orchestra at Bangor Abbey

I am delighted to share details of this forthcoming concert, Christmas Music with the Ulster Orchestra. I will be joining musicians from the Ulster Orchestra to sing a selection of Christmas music in the beautiful Bangor Abbey on Friday 6th of December at 7 pm. You can purchase tickets by visiting:

Join soprano Rebekah Coffey and members of the Ulster Orchestra for this festive evening of classical music at beautiful Bangor Abbey.

This programme of Christmas favourites designed for a small ensemble will include carols and popular seasonal tunes.

BBC Northern Ireland School Choir of the Year

It has been my privilege and honour to represent the Ulster Youth Choir on the judging panel of SCOTY 2019. It is so exciting to hear the talent of the school choirs who have entered the competition from all over Northern Ireland.

I am always impressed and astonished by the high level of Choral singing in our schools and I am amazed that our very busy music teachers can achieve so much when I know they are always working to very short timescales. Sometimes it is a quick rehearsal before school starts or a snatched lunch break.  I speak for professional singers and musicians when I say … we would not have succeeded in this profession without the wonderful inspiration of a music teacher. A music teacher who inspired , supported and pushed us to realise our potential. We are so lucky to have such great teaching and musical resources in our schools in Northern Ireland.

We have already recorded all the heats from school venues all over Northern Ireland and the each heat is broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster,Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. You can also catch the show on BBC Sounds if you have missed it:

Tomorrow we will travel to Regent House, the winners of the title in 2017, to record our semi- final and I know it is going to be a great day of music making. Good luck to all the conductors, accompanists, and singers – I just can’t wait to hear your performances.

Award for Soprano Rebekah Coffey from The Arts Council Northern Ireland

20 creatives from Northern Ireland scoop Arts Council ACES awards
Monday 27th November 2017 at 2pm 0 Comments Literature , Music & Opera , Visual Arts , Community Arts , Drama , Dance.

Pictured (L-R) are ACES artists, Myra Zepf, Kelly Creighton, Rebekah Coffey, Jane Talbot, Mary Murphy, Rhiann Jeffrey, Emily McFarland, Jennifer Goddard, James Conor Patterson, Ayesha Mailey, Koichi Samuels, Davy Watson and Andrea Spencer.

20 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2017/18, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional, artistic careers and create new work.

Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council. The artists include three drama awardees, six visual artists, five musicians, five literature awardees and one community artist.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 20 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or leading artists, at home or abroad, to help each of them to deliver new creative work. Some of these include; Prime Cut Productions, Queen’s University, Ulster Orchestra, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Moving On Music, An tSnáthaid Mhór, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, composer Garth McConaghie and leading soprano, Nathalie Paulin, University of Toronto.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“These 20 artists are already established and highly regarded in each of their fields. The ACES awards are given in recognition of their work to date and to provide them with support to take their careers to that vital next level. The ACES programme has been running successfully now for eight years and addresses the need for on-going training and skills development within the arts sector.”