From Carnegie Hall to Kilclooney!

There’s a chance to hear one of Ireland’s leading young singers, Kerry Stamp (pictured below), in concert with pianist Shaun Ryan at the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney on Friday night (27th) at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of the Jim Rafferty Foundation.

Kerry is a rising star in the Irish music scene. She has performed with Anúna, sung at Carnegie Hall in New York, worked with royal composer Paul Mealeor, sung for the US and Irish Presidents and at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London. She is Principal Soloist with the Ulster University Choir.

Kerry’s programme for the concert in Kilclooney will include an array of hits from the popular and musical theatre repertoires as well as some Irish folk favourites.

Admission is €10 with tickets available at the door.

The Jim Rafferty Foundation has been set up to support young musicians in Donegal. The late Jim Rafferty was a music teacher at St Columba’s Comprehensive School. He made a major contribution to the development of music-making in Donegal. He was the first conductor of the Donegal Youth Orchestra, which has made a national impact, including several appearances at the National Concert Hall.

Proceeds from recent concerts organised by the Foundation have contributed to the Donegal Youth Choir’s trip to Lourdes and have bought a large selection of instruments for the Donegal Youth Orchestra.

Dr Shaun Ryan, who chairs the Foundation board, is originally from Glenties and is a former student of Jim Rafferty and a family friend. Dr Ryan is now a lecturer in the Music Division of the Ulster University at the Magee campus in Derry. He also conducts the Ulster University Choir.