All Hallows Eve Concert in Tullamore tonight

A special concert is due to take place in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore tonight, (Tuesday, October 31) featuring the great Frobenius organ gifted to Tullamore Parish by the Lutheran Community of Copenhagen.

Halloween Night is known as All Hallows Eve, which is the night before the Feast of All Saints, and tonight's concert takes place at 8pm and will showcase the talents of the following performers:

1. Charles Marshall (organ) who is the Director of Music and organist at St Ann's Church. He began his organ studies when he joined the Schola Cantorum at St Finian's College Mullingar under the guidance of Shane Brennan. He continued his studies with Peter Hurford when he became Organ Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Upon returning from Japan in 2008 he recommenced his organ studies with David Adams at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, completing the Master of Music Performance. He is a also an accomplished exponent of the Japanese lute known as the Satsumabiwa.

2. Aoise O’Dwyer is a professional violist from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. She performs regularly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as a variety of chamber music ensembles. She holds a BMus in Performance from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and an MA in Performance from the MTU Cork School of Music. Passionate about new music, Aoise participated in the Contemporary Music Centre Colleagues program in 2022 in partnership with cellist and composer Adele O’Dwyer, culminating in the premiere of a new work, “Three Worlds” for viola and piano, in September 2022. In 2021 she was commissioned, alongside bassist and music creator Camilo Gaete Puga, to create a new work for SLEEPERTOWN, an international sonic art programme. Their piece “Trees are sanctuaries" was premiered in that year and is currently part of the 2023 installation in Lazio, Italy. In September of this year, Aoise was selected for the Arts Council Agility Award, in support of her research and performance of works for solo viola by women composers

3. Le Chéile Singers is the brainchild of Andrius Kozlovskis who established the choir in 2007. Finalists in Midland's Got Talent 2010, Le Chéile Singers have performed at a great variety of events, such as: Culture Night concerts, Choirs in the Castle in Charleville Castle, a concert at Dún Eochla Project Centre and a performance at Wheatfield Prison, along with singing at a variety of church ceremonies.

Recently, Le Chéile joined with the Offaly Co. Council and Tullamore HSE Choirs to present Bealtaine Festival – Timeless Tunes in the new Esker Arts Centre, Tullamore

Le Chéile Singers will present pieces by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart as well as a beautiful setting on the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem, Crossing the bar. Charles will play works by Bach and Buxtehude. He will also team up with Aoise for two beautiful pieces by Sergei Rachmaninov and Christoph Demantius. Finally, Aoise will go solo to play a haunting piece by modern composer, Maria Newman, called Dance for Deliverance.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite or patrons may pay at the door on their way into the concert later this evening, with patrons reminded that payment is on a cash only basis.

The All Hallows Even concert will be followed by refreshments.