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Bella Musica is proud to present award-winning soprano Aimee Banks who will sing several songs and arias at the Bloomsday Recital on Saturday 15th June 2024.

Amy is from Galway and currently pursuing her Bachelors of Music Performance at The Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.  An award-winning vocalist, Aimee currently holds a number of vocal titles and was awarded as the winner of the Junior Class of the Charles Wood International Song competition 2023, The Irene Sandford Award and Bursary 2022, The Birr Lions Club Bursary at Birr Festival of Music 2022, The Vladimir Piontkovsky Memorial Scholarship At Saluzzo Opera Academy 2022.  She was a multi-award winner at Newpark Festival of Music 2023 & Dublin Feis Ceoil 2023, including the Plunkett Greene Cup for interpretation and the German Government Cup for Bach Aria amongst others.

Aimee is no stranger to solo performances and concerts and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall New York USA, The National Concert Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and The National Gallery of Ireland. Aimee was delighted to perform at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Christmas Recital ‘Classics at Christmas’ at Castlemartyr Resort, Cork in December of 2023. She has also had the honour of performing at the Irish Government’s launch of the 1916 Commemorations in Dublin’s Convention Centre, National Famine Commemoration in 2020 and has also performed at Áras an Uachtaráin for the President of Ireland Micheal D.Higgins. 

Aimee debuted as the young Giordano Bruno in Roger Doyle’s Opera, ‘Heresy’, where she received commendation from Opera World, The Irish Times and Opera Today.

She played the roles of Amore and Damigella in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Saluzzo Opera Academy 2022, and performed the role of Damigella in RIAM Opera’s production of La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina written by Francesca Caccini. In November of 2023 she performed the role of May Zambra in Stephen McNeff’s opera Spirits Unsurrendered with RIAM Opera & This Then Theatre.

Upcoming in 2024 Aimee will be performing the titular role of Cendrillion by Pauline Viardot in March with RIAM Opera, and is very excited to be one of the University Concert Hall Limerick Rising Stars for 2024. 

Bella Musica is proud to present award-winning pianist Didzis Kalniņš who will accompany the Bloomsday Recital on Saturday 15th June 2024.  Didzis is originally from Latvia but moved to Dublin in 2016 where he has since completed a Doctorate in Music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He now works as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.

Didzis regularly performs at renowned venues such as the National Concert Hall, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, The National Gallery, and The Mansion House amongst others. Didzis has also given recitals for audiences internationally in countries such as Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Latvia, Estonia and Brazil.

The next Bella Musica recital, on Sunday 19th May at 5pm, will welcome Katerina Speranskaya as piano accompanist.  Katerina graduated from TUD with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance (Accompaniment) in 2017, and since then she’s been getting involved in a wide range of creative projects. Her past projects include a chamber music performance at the National Concert Hall, a number of performances at the German Embassy (including an event attended by President Michael D. Higgins), being the piano accompanist for International Conductors School in Limerick and playing trad music at the Dock Theatre in Carrick On Shannon.

Katerina has been involved in the ‘Opera Workshop’ opera productions in Limerick, played for the Junk Ensemble theatre/dance show as a part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and recorded music for a Fishamble Theatre show. Lately she has been enjoying getting involved in DMDS and KIMS show productions, playing keyboards for ‘Made in Dagenham’, ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘The Wedding Singer’ and ‘Chess’ with them.

Katerina has won various prizes in the Feis Ceoil music competitions, as well as other national classical music competitions, and has participated in international piano competitions. She also holds an Associate Degree in cello performance from Trinity College London. Her cello playing is featured on the new Thomas Walsh CD ‘Eva’s Tree’. Katerina also has a keen interest in software and has secured funding with Ericsson to do a Masters Degree in Software Engineering in TUS, starting in September.

Older generations generally are the ones which appreciate classical and traditional music more than younger, and yet these generations are more likely to stay at home alone rather than to go out to concerts.  Bella Musica is partnering with Friends of the Elderly Ireland to bring a group of older people to our concert on Saturday 6th May with the Rock Me Amadeus choir and soloists John Rownan (tenor) and Iris Fiona Nikolaou (mezzo-soprano).

Bella Musica is donating tickets and also allowing other attendees to buy tickets to support the charity and bring even more older people to this concert.

Friends of the Elderly is an Irish, non-profit, volunteer-based organisation committed to relieving social isolation and loneliness among the elderly through friendship and companionship.  They organise outings, arranging buses to bring older people to/from their homes and ensure a great night out.

Find out more about Friends of the Elderly here:

Outings, Parties and Events

To buy tickets for Bella Musica’s concert on 6th May (and possibly also donate tickets for elderly people), see
https://bellamusica.ie/product/6th-may-concert-from-e10/

 

 

Connor is a Scottish pianist based in Dublin. He is currently taking a masters at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, after graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), where he was awarded both Piano Department prizes for solo performance, and the Delia Hall and Edward Brooks prizes for piano accompaniment.

Connor performs regularly in venues throughout Ireland and further afield, most recently in Achill for the Heinrich Böll Association, Limerick (St Mary’s Cathedral), Dublin (Sandford Parish), and previously for the Ulverston International Music Festival 2019, and the Birmingham International Chamber Music Festival 2018.

He joins Bella Musica for the concert on 6th May, accompanying soloists John Rownan and Iris Fiona Nikolau.

 

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