From X-Factor to The Playhouse- World renowned local violinist to join night of Yuletide music

Posted on: 17th December 2010

One of the city's most successful musicians, who has recently performed on the ITV talent show X-Factor, will perform at an evening of Christmas choir music and verse at The Playhouse this weekend.

Violinist Niamh McGowan, who has performed with stars such as Lady Gaga, U2 and Ronan Keating, and most recently performed on the X-Factor, will take part in an evening of Christmas music at The Playhouse on Sunday December 19 at 8pm.

The night of festive music and nativity verse will be held to mark the second anniversary of the passing of Sister Aloysius McVeigh and the proceeds will be donated to Foyle Hospice.

Celebrated violinist Niamh McGowan has studied with Niamh Crowley, Lucy Drennan, Michael D'Arcy, Thelma Handy, Leader of 'The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ben Holland. She returned to her home town in May this year to perform pieces by Franz Heinrich Biber and Jennifer Higdon, an American composer who has just been awarded the Pulitzer prize for her violin concerto.

Niamh is a niece of Sheila Carlin, former Head of Music at Thornhill and member of the famous musical Carlin family from Creggan.

Presented by Colmcille ladies choir, the evening of Christmas music and verse will mark the second anniversary of the passing of Sister Aloysius McVeigh of the Sisters of Mercy, the much loved iconographer and artist in residence at The Playhouse. Also performing on the night are the newly formed male group The Columbians.

"Niamh has brought her beautiful music across the world, from the Brodsky Quartet's celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beethoven's opus 18 quartets in Neuchatel, Switzerland, to a concert tour of Tuscany with the Royal Northern College of Music's Chamber Orchestra" Playhouse founding director Pauline Ross said.

"We are delighted to have her perform here at The Playhouse with the Colmcille Ladies Choir, who for 40 years have brought their exquisite music and talents to this city, from Bishop Daly's Golden Jubilee and their Christmas Spectacular, both of which were held in St. Columb's Hall, to Westminster Cathedral, the Notre Dame in Paris, and Washington Cathedral.

"This evening of beautiful music and seasonal readings is about a warm celebration of the season of goodwill, as well as celebrating the life of Sister Aloysius, who touched so many lives here at The Playhouse."

‘An Evening of Christmas Music, Song and Verse' will be held on Sunday December 19 at 8pm.Tickets are £8 and all proceeds will go to Foyle Hospice. Traditional mice pies and other refreshments will be served. For box office or more information contact (028)71268027 or click here.

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