Feis Dhoire Cholmcille to showcase star performers

Margaret Keys. (0103BM01)
Margaret Keys. (0103BM01)
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Feis Dhoire Cholmcille is to stage a showcase of winners past and present as part of the City of Culture 2013 celebrations.

Starring a host of acclaimed former competitors as well as current prizewinners, it will be held at the Millennium Forum on Sunday, April 7, starting at 3.30pm.

Wendy Ferguson. (0103BM02)

Wendy Ferguson. (0103BM02)

Performers will include ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ and ‘Oliver’ star Wendy Ferguson, international classical crossover soprano Margaret Keys, and renowned composer, conductor and record producer Frank Gallagher.

Other performers will represent the Foyle School of Speech & Drama, the MacCafferty School of Music, the McGinley School of Music, Comhaltas Doire, local choirs and dance schools.

Tickets for the showcase, at just £2.50, can be purchased at the Millennium Forum Box Office.

Meanwhile, this year’s Feis, which gets underway on April 1, will be awarding bursaries totalling £8,000, including four bursaries of £500 each presented by Culture Company 2013 – the Maureen Downey Cup & Bursary (drama over 14); the James MacCafferty Cup & Bursary (piano over 16); the Father McDaid Cup & Bursary (solo singing over 16) and overall senior dancer (over 16).

Two new cups have been presented to this year’s Feis – the Seamus Heaney Cup (senior poetry recital) and the Celine Quigley Memorial Cup (girls’ championship 8-10 years).

Further information on the 2013 Feis can be found on its website, www.derryfeis.com.