The Holy Family Confraternity Band (HFC Concert band) returns to the National Opera on Wednesday, December 15 at 8 p.m. for the premiere since the pandemic. The program will include music from movies, classical music and many popular numbers with some Christmas tunes and will appeal to music lovers of all ages. Conductor Liam Walsh has been preparing the band for this show since September, and he’ll be conducting nearly 50 musicians that evening. Among them is Dean Glynn, 16, an electric guitarist who will perform his own solos.
The universal appeal of the HFC Concert Band is underscored by an age range ranging from ten to eighty, and group president Eoin O’Neill says attendance is at an all time high. “In a strange way, Covid-19 actually made the group stronger,” Eoin said. “In October 2020, we started the weekly Zoom rehearsals, which allowed our members to stay in touch with each other during the pandemic. Then in June of this year, when outdoor activities were allowed again, we rehearsed in the open air and came up with the idea of giving outdoor recitals at various venues in the town of Wexford and beyond. of the. These included performances at Pinewood, Cromwellsfort, Corish Park, Rosslare, Tacumshane and Johnstown Castle. They went very well and encouraged our audience a bit. “
Since September, the group has been involved in intensive rehearsals at their premises in Dun Mhuire. “The group is very grateful to Wexford Parish Administrator Fr. Billy Swan for being so accommodating to us,” said Geraldine Mahon, the group’s PRO. “The members are delighted to perform at the National Opera. This will be the group’s first time performing at the O’Reilly Theater and for some of our members it will be their first time performing on stage.
The HFC Concert Band is a community music group based in Wexford Town and welcomes people of all ages who are interested in wind music. Anyone who knows how to play wind instruments, brass or percussion is welcome to join the group. For more information you can contact the PRO group, Geraldine Mahon, on 085 7154254.
Tickets for the concert are 20 € for adults and 10 € for students. You can book tickets directly from the National Opera. You can also book by phone by calling the box office on 053 9122144 or online by visiting nationaloperahouse.ie