Homecoming concert for Margaret Keys

Margaret Keys
Margaret Keys

Local soprano Margaret Keys is set to wow audiences later this month in the beautiful surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church.

Margaret, who has become an international singing sensation, over the last number of years is looking forward to a concert in her hometown to being her tour of Northern Ireland.

Joining her during the intimate performance will be The King’s Chorale, a mixed voice choir of around 70 singers.

The King’s Chorale is based in Belfast and gives two major concerts every year at Christmas and Easter.

They also perform throughout the year at the invitation of churches throughout Northern Ireland and donate any proceeds they make to charity.

Margaret told the ‘Journal’ she is looking forward to the concert, as it is “very unusual” for her to be singing in Derry.

“It is so nice to be asked to perform in First Derry. I have performed with The King’s Chorale before so it will be nice to take to the stage with them again”.

She admits she had never been in First Derry before and was taken aback by its beauty when she went for a visit last week.

“It is absolutely gorgeous inside and I can understand why it would attract some of the internationally acclaimed classical acts that have performed there in the past”.

“The acoustics are great and I can just imagine Songs of Praise being filmed there.

“It will be an intimate concert where I will perform some of the songs off my last album, Legato, and other inspirational songs.

“I am choosing songs which I think suit the surroundings of First Derry”.

Margaret revealed she also hopes to try out some of the new material she might put into her new album, which she will record next year.

“At the minute I am just choosing which songs I want to appear in the album and then I will head back into the recording studio.”

The past year has been an extremely busy one for Margaret. She toured the UK and New York with classical Brit nominees The Fron Male Voice Choir and has spent the last few months concentrating on other live performances in the UK.

The former teacher was also involved in the last night of the Proms, performed for the very first time in Belfast’s Ulster Hall and in the closing ceremony of the Clipper Homecoming Festival.

Her busy schedule will continue next year when she will take to the stage of the Odyssey Arena and hopes to play a part in Derry’s year as UK City of Culture.

The concert at Free Derry Presbyterian Church takes place on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets £10 Concessionary £5.

Available at the door or book by email firstderrychurch@btinternet.com or telephone 028 71261550.