As we head rapidly towards December my thoughts turn to Messiah in St. John’s Church Waterford on December 2nd.  Soloists – Soprano: Leah Redmond Alto: Gina Oberoi Tenor Andrew Gavin Bass: Eoin Power with the City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra.

The following weekend, December 9th, I will conduct a charity carol concert in Rowe Street Church with Wexford Festival Singers and Wexford Sinfonia.  Guest soloist will be Roisín Dempsey.

And if two weekends one after another was not enough – on December 15th we have the 29th Lions Club Carol Concert in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Barronstrand Street, Waterford at 4pm.  This is one event that has taken on a life of its own.  For many it signals the start of Christmas in Waterford.  For others it is their first experience playing in a large orchestra.  Recorded for broadcast on WLR on Christmas Day, it is also a link to home for many Waterford people not able to come home for Christmas.  For all, it is a fun event where it is about participation and helping others less well off than ourselves.  Thanks to the Lions Club and the St Vincent de Paul for all their work over the 29 years of this event.