More than 80 WIT musicians will be on stage performing music from Willy Wonka to Tchaikovsky with voluntary audience donations going to Focus Ireland
The Department of Creative and Performing Arts BA (Honours) Music will celebrate its annual Christmas concert on Thursday, 1 December in the College Street Chapel at 7 pm. People of Waterford are invited to come along and listen to a night of music and song from the most promising musicians in the region. Entrance is free and donations will be taken in aid of Focus Ireland. Students in WIT’s music school and undergraduate students on the music degree will showcase their talent, performing a wide-ranging programme from Tchaikovsky to a gypsy jazz arrangement of ‘Pure Imagination’ in tribute to Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka. There will be performances from the WIT orchestra and ensembles, including traditional, guitar, jazz and the chamber choir.
WIT traditional ensemble
The WIT traditional ensemble directed by uileann piper Dr Jimmy O’Brien Moran and fiddle player Bridget O’Connell will play a selection of polkas and reels as well as some Newfoundland tunes.
WIT guitar ensemble
The WIT guitar ensemble led by Irish guitar virtuoso Michael O’Toole is an exciting and alternative approach to instrumental music. Performing their take on contemporary music, their eclectic repertoire creates a unique soundscape that is an unmissable experience for all music lovers.
WIT Chamber choir
The WIT Chamber Choir, directed by Bridget Knowles, and accompanied by Dr Marian Ingoldsby will perform the Lamb by Tavener, Glow by Eric Whitacre and This Little Babe by Britten.
The WIT orchestra comprises over forty musicians including undergraduates from the BA (Hons) Music and students of the WIT Music School, under the directorship of Stephen Mackey.
The orchestra will perform Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone with soloist Hannah Jacob, Symphonic Dance No. 2 by Edvard Grieg and Pas de deux by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Hot Club de WIT
Hot Club de WIT is led by guitarist Dylan Bible combining acoustic guitar, clarinet, banjo and bass to create an infectious classic Hot Club vibe. Their up-tempo and dynamic sound is based on various musical styles encapsulated by the “gypsy-sound”, inspired by Django Reinhardt’s “Jazz Manouche” style with a modern twist. They will perform arrangements of Mozart's Rondo alla turca, the old Fats Waller classic 'Honeysuckle Rose' and ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka.
WIT jazz ensemble
The WIT jazz ensemble plays a collection of jazz compositions from a variety of styles including swing, bebop, Latin and modern. It is led by accomplished composer Philip Collins who brings his own style and influence to this group through his arrangement of standards from the repertoire. They will perform ‘Another Star’ by Stevie Wonder with vocalist Kayleigh Quinlan, ‘How High the Moon’ by Morgan Lewis with vocalist Hannah Malone and ‘Just the way you are’ by Billy Joel with vocalist Kayleigh Quinlan.
The concert is organised, promoted and performed by the BA (Honours) Music students. “The concert is a must for anyone considering studying music at third level. It is a family friendly event, with an early start and great variety in the music played. The concert presents a wonderful opportunity to listen to the fruits of students’ hard work over weeks of rehearsals,” said Dr Hazel Farrell, Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) Music.