Tenor David Martin returns as guest soloist for the 2015 Samaritan Christmas Concert.
Mr Martin previously guested two years ago and was greatly applauded for his memorable performance, particularly for his rendition of ‘Christmas 1915’. David is native of, and lives in, Dundalk. He is married and has three children. He has been singing since his childhood and has won multiple Feis Cheoil and other competitive awards.
Having trained under Geraldine McGee, he was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music, Dublin, where he studied under renowned voice coach, Veronica Dunne. From 2007 to 2013, David was a member of Three Tenors Ireland. The highlight of his performances with the trio was their appearance at the opening ceremony of the 50th Eucharistic Congress in the RDS in 2012. Since then David has pursued a solo career, performing in many concerts both nationally and internationally.
These have included ‘The Tribute to Mario Lanza’ and ‘The Story of Count John McCormack’ in the National Concert Hall, UCH Limerick and The Dome, Tralee. He continues to sing in concerts around Ireland and the UK, performing lead tenor arias from La Traviata, Tosca, La Boheme, Pagliacci, Cavelleria Rusticana and Rigoletto. He has performed the lead tenor role in Handel’s Messiah on a number of occasions, most memorably in St Patrick’s Cathedral.
His return to the Samaritan Concert on December 10 in the Franciscan Church, Athlone, where he will perform some favourite songs is warmly anticipated. The concert will also feature the Army Band of the 2nd Brigade conducted by Captain John Carpenter, Athlone A Capella and The Athlone Pipe Band. The compere will be Cathal Murray of RTÉ.
Tickets cost €12 and are available at The Friary, Athlone; Cunninghams Chemists; Midland Sound Equipment; and the Castle Gift Shop.
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