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This increasingly popular Clonter event will consist of an afternoon tea, followed by an hour of musical entertainment.

 

This year marks the centenary of the Irish songster, Josef Locke’s birth, providing a golden opportunity to explore this rich seam of delightful music.

 

Known as The Singing Bobby, he became a local celebrity before starting to work the UK variety circuit, where he also played summer seasons in English seaside resorts. The renowned Irish tenor John McCormack  advised him that his voice was better suited to a lighter repertoire than the operatic one he had in mind, and urged him to find an agent—thus he found the noted impresario Jack Hylton, who booked him, but couldn’t fit his full name on the bill, thus Joseph McLaughlin became Josef Locke.

Locke made an immediate impact when featured in “Starry Way,” a twenty-week summer show at the Blackpool Opera House in 1946 and was rebooked for the following summer, then starring for three seasons at the Blackpool Hippodrome. He appeared in ten Blackpool seasons from 1946 to 1969.He made his first radio broadcast in 1949, and subsequently appeared on television programmes such as Rooftop RendezvousTop of the TownAll-star Bill and The Frankie Howerd Show. He was signed to the Columbia label in 1947, and his first releases were the two Italian songs “Santa Lucia” and “Come Back to Sorrento”. In 1947, too, Locke released Hear My Song, Violetta, which became forever associated with him.

 

Josef Locke will be joined by his fellow countryman (the aforementioned) John McCormack, and possibly some other friends besides.

 

To treat our afternoon audience with this joyful repertoire of music, we are delighted to welcome back Alexander Grainger, accompanied by Robin Humphreys at the piano.

 

Alexander Grainger (Tenor)

Alexander is Yorkshire based and started his career as a Beverley Minster Chorister and was a member of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. He recently graduated from the RNCM with Postgraduate Diploma in performance. He currently studies with Paul Nilon.  Roles include:  Ferrando, Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart, Camile, Merry Widow, Lehar, Snout A Midsummer night’s dream, Britten whilst at RNCM. Tamino, Magic Flute, Mozart, with Leeds Youth Opera, Ernest, A Grand Duke, Gilbert and Sullivan with the Manchester University G&S society. Gastone, La Traviata, Manx Opera festival, roles he covered at the Buxton Opera Festival include: Aufido, Lucio Silla, Mozart, The Mayor, Albert Herring, Britten, and Arturo,  Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti.  He sang in the opera premier of ‘Too Hot To Hoot’ as part of Classical Sheffield Festival with Opera on Location. He has appeared as a soloist in concert halls and cathedrals across Britain – Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Pettie Messe Solennele, Rossini Stabart Mater Haydn Paukenmesse, Haydn Theresie messe, Mozart Credo, Mozart Mass in C. Soloist on BBC Radio 4 (Mozart Missa Breivs).  A founding member of the RNCM chamber choir.   Alexander Studies were kindly funded by the Andrew Lloyd Weber foundation.

 

Hear my song

 

I’ll take you home, Kathleen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X66cIgdcfGs

 

Galway Bay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYUc87RvemY

 

 

Wed 22nd March*

Tickets £24

 

Tea Served 3.30pm

 

Performance 4 – 5pm

 

BOOK THROUGH BOX OFFICE ONLY

 

*Tues 21st March

This is a ‘relaxed’ performance, which was introduced to offer people in care homes, or for those being cared for at home, and their carers, something to go to together during the day. This opportunity has also been extended to those with other disabilities.

 

A ‘relaxed performance’ is intended specifically to be sensitive to, and accepting of, audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.

 

Tickets £18.50 (Carers come free)

 

Tea Served 3.30pm

 

Performance 4 – 5pm