Vocalist Ruth Corey and Robert Peoples on violin, accompanied by Gerard Bradley on Piano
Monthly selection of guest Music evenings featuring diverse artists of wide-ranging talent, vocal and instrumental. Expect an eclectic mix of music styles; Irish Folk, Pop Jazz and Opera from talented and established guest artists from the North West accompanied by Gerard Bradley in trio/Quartet format.
Music has played a big part in Gerard's life. In 2014 he formed the Strabane Chamber Choir; a choir made up of members from Tyrone, Derry and Donegal. The choir has had great success with competitive wins in Derry, Sligo and Navan Choral festivals. They regrouped recently to perform, in Concert at the Alley Theatre Strabane, Dec 2021 after a forced hiatus of almost 2 years due to Covid restrictions. • Previous to his SCC tenure, Gerard was Musical Director of Letterkenny Music Society for 10 consecutive years 2005-2014. He has served as occasional MD or rehearsal pianist for multiple musical productions in the Tyrone, Derry, Donegal area and is currently involved in the production of 3 more including a return to Letterkenny this Autumn.
In 1985 he formed a Jazz Quartet in which he plays piano [Jazz Gazette]. The group is still functioning on a regular basis. From the age of 11 until his late 40s he was a member of and occasional conductor for Strabane Concert Brass, representing Ireland on 5 separate occasions in the European Brass Band Championship.
Gerard retired last year from his full time job as H.O.D Loreto Grammar Music Dept, Omagh where he served for 31 years. His Senior Choir there had numerous successes including 'Prague international Choral Festival' which they visited regularly and won outright on 3 occasions. The Senior Choir where also winners of Derry Choral Festival and 3 times finalists in the 'UTV choir of the Year' with numerous radio and television appearances.
During Loreto years, Gerard organised and staged many large scale choral events which involved both interdenominational groupings in the Omagh area. These included Faure's Requiem, Jenkin's Requiem, Rutter's Gloria and Chilcott's Peace Mass. • The choir appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts and were special guest on UTV Sing Carols 2004. • Gerard also enjoys playing church organ and has served as organist and Choir Master at St Mary's church Melmount for the past 32 years.
Having returned to settle in Strabane after a ten year stint in London, vivacious vocalist Ruth joins Gerard Bradley and Robert Peoples to sing some of her favourite songs from Ireland and beyond.
Ruth has had a varied and successful career in London especially as a leading member of \London Contemporary Voices and as a solo singer with groups and artists with groups and artists like the Fontelles, Newtown Faulkner and Graham Smillie. She has performed for numerous large events including the Reading and Cambridge festivals. This evening expect plenty of folk, a touch of jazz and some David Bowie thrown in for good
Derry born Robert Peoples studied
viola at Colchester Institute School of Music under the tuition of Mr Glyndwr
Parfitt from 1987-1991.
As well as his classical training, Robert has played in several bands over the
years, with genres ranging from Blues/Folk, Country, and bands with original
material in such places as the Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Glastonbury and the
Cambridge Folk Festival to name but a few.
A versatile player, Robert currently performs and composes with his current band Basork, and teaches both viola and violin.
|Start Time:||20:00 PM|
|Venue:||The Alley Bar|