Waltz Of My Heart (The Ivor Novello Songbook)

Waltz Of My Heart (The Ivor Novello Songbook)

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1.05pm

Sandra Oman soprano
Richard Shaffrey tenor
Simon Morgan baritone
David Wray piano

Composer. Impressario. Stage actor. Matinee Idol. Hollywood star. Ivor Novello was the quintessential 20th Century Man. His songs were the soundtrack to the war years and are some of the finest compositions in the catalogue of 20th century music.

Join soprano Sandra Oman, tenor Richard Shaffrey and baritone Simon Morgan, in the atmosphere of Novello’s drawing room, to hear them reminisce about the exotic life of the great man - his being directed by Alfred Hitchcock, his Hollywood period, the stories behind the composition of his great stage musicals - and hear them perform his most beloved songs: We’ll Gather Lilacs, Keep the Home Fires Burning, Waltz of my Heart, My Dearest Dear, And her Mother came too, My Life Belongs to You, Fold Your Wings, Shine through my Dreams, Someday my Heart will awake, Rose of England.

Step back into the 1930s Novello Drawing Room for a lunchtime celebration of one of the most popular entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.” This concert Sold Out very quickly the last time it was presented at the NCH.

Early booking is advised.

Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman was the 2004 recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan Memorial Award for excellence in the field of opera. Sandra has performed extensively in opera and concert in Ireland, UK, USA, Italy, Germany, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Poland and has interpreted over 40 operatic roles on stage. A favourite with Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, she performed principal roles with them in twelve different seasons, including roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cosi Fan Tutte, La Cenerentola, Dead Man Walking and A Streetcar named Desire. She has performed in concert with both the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has sung as soprano soloist with virtually all of Ireland’s major choral societies, including Dublin County Choir, Culwich Choral Society, Goethe Institue Choir, Guinness Choir, Bray Choral Society, Lassus Scholars, East Cork Choral Society, and now Tallaght Choral Society, in works ranging from Bach to Rutter. She has two Number One Albums on iTunes to her credit, LIBERTY and NOËL, which she launched at sell-out concerts at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. In 2018, Sandra starred alongside Irish prima ballerina Monica Loughman in “Prima Donna – A Celebration of the Great Divas of Ballet and Opera” to a Sold-Out National Concert Hall. She was further the Soprano Soloist for the National Day of Commemoration with the Bands of the Irish Defence Forces in the presence of His Excellency President Michael D. Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his Government

Presented by Sheldon Nulty Music

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