Ulster Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy. Ulster Hall, Belfast. Composer arranger: Neil Martin.
“The piece is graced by the solo contribution of soprano, Aiofe Miskelly, whose warmly pliable phrasing does full justice to Martin’s writing, and his experience of the Linen Hall as an ‘oasis for mind, soul and body… needed as much now as ever’.
Miskelly’s singing is, in fact, the musical highlight of the evening. In addition to The Great and First Object, she has a number of solos, including Britten’s arrangement of ‘The Sally Gardens’ and Martin’s of ‘Silent Oh Moyle’, dispatched with an alluring combination of poise and emotional maturity.
Miskelly, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2012, has operatic engagements at Cologne and Aix-en-Provence in her diary, and will sing the part of Cecily for Northern Ireland Opera in the Northern Irish premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest in the autumn. She is undoubtedly a singer to keep a close eye on in the future”. Reviewed by Terry Blain
To read the full review, please click on the following link: http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article/5739/classical-review-linen-hall-library-225