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At Home for Heroes: A classical thank you to the NHS and frontline workers

Northern Ireland Opera is proud to host this online concert, featuring some of Northern Ireland’s most distinguished classical performers, with the performances recorded ‘at home’, and introduced by our Patron, Sean Rafferty.  The concert will be screened on the NI Opera YouTube channel and is developed from an original idea by the Belfast musician Richard Yarr.

Click here for the repertoire list: At Home for Heroes Repertoire.

The concert will feature:

Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, with Dearbhla Brosnan (piano)
Barry Douglas (piano)
Tanya Houghton (harp)
The Priests
Ruth McGinley (piano)
Francesca Dego (violin) & Daniele Rustioni (piano)
Ulster Orchestra Musicians: Tamas Kocsis & Michael Alexander (violins); Philip Walton (viola); Charles-Antoine Archambault (cello); and Chris Blake (oboe)
Northern Ireland Opera: Ben McAteer, Ellen Mawhinney, John Porter, and Dawn Burns with David Quigley (piano)

and is hosted by Sean Rafferty, Patron of Northern Ireland Opera

Please click here for biographies of all the artists.

Roy Bailie, Chairman of Northern Ireland Opera commented:

‘Covid-19 has impacted every person in Northern Ireland, but none more so that our NHS personnel and frontline workers. As musicians, we appreciate just how important collaboration and teamwork are, and this is our small way of saying thank you to the people who have been outstanding at both. This is going to be a very special evening of appreciation from some of Northern Ireland’s most outstanding classical stars.’

Sir James and Lady Galway said:

‘We are honoured to give back, through music, a little something for our Heroes…the frontline and NHS workers. You are stars, each and every one of you. We thank you for your incredible strength and perseverance to help us all through these difficult days. With gratitude.’

Sir James and Lady Galway at home
Copyright Sir James and Lady Galway

Click here for a short video message from Sir James Galway.

Click here for a short video message from The Priests.

Click here for a short video message from Barry Douglas

Click here for an interview between Ruth McGinley and Richard Yarr

‘At Home for Heroes’ will be first broadcast via the Northern Ireland Opera YouTube channel on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May at 8 pm. 

Creative Team

Video Producer
Paul Brown
Sound Producer
Liam Craig
Creative Executive
Richard Yarr