Deirdre Higgins et Luke Lally Maguire
A veritable institution in Ireland, Feis Ceoil is a unique classical music festival that brings to the fore the best of young Irish musical talent. No less than 5,000 participants take part in 200 competitions. Among the most illustrious prize-winners, one can cite the tenor John McCormack, pianist Hugh Tinney and the mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught… but also James Joyce, who won a bronze medal in 1904.
The CCI is delighted to join with this prestigious festival for the second year running in order to present two talented performers, soprano Deirdre Higgins and pianist Luke Lally Maguire. Having recently completed her Masters of Music (Performance) in the TU Dublin Conservatoire, Deirdre won no less than four Feis Ceoil competitions in 2023. Last year, she made her stage début in the opera Marie Stuart, followed by Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) and L’Elisir D’Amore (Donizetti). Northern Irish pianist Luke Lally Maguire is also an award-winning musician who has performed both as an accompanist and chamber musician. On the occasion of European Heritage Days at the CCI, they perform six short recitals of a repertoire including Charles Gounod and the Irish composer Ailbhe McDonagh.