Olywn Murray to perform at Rising Stars Concert in aid of Ballina Art Centre

Singing sensation Olywn Murray will join the rising stars of theatre, song and dance in a variety show style performance in the TF Royal, Castlebar April 30. Murray has joined forces with five nationally and internationally acclaimed local performing arts companies to stage the concert to help raise funds for Ballina’s new Art Centre and Theatre to showcase the amazing young talent emerging from the west. The evening will include Irish dance, hip hop, traditional music, songs from the musicals, and swing performed by members of the Sylvan Kelly School of Dance, Áine Egan’s Danceworld, and The All Star Academy under the direction of Lavinia Gilmartin, Michael Slater and Patrick Lacken, The Bofield Céilí Band, and Cheryl Nolan and the Lambe Academy.

Olywn Murray started singing at an early age and her first performance was in The Sound of Music when she played Gretl, the youngest of the Von Trapp children, when she was just six years old. She has more recently performed in the final of The All Ireland Talent Show where she wowed audience and judges alike with her amazing ability but narrowly missed out on the top prize. She has also enjoyed success in the Mayo Feis 2009 where she came first in three categories — classical vocalist (14 to 16 age category ), senior soprano, and senior musical. She was also awarded first place for the overall best classical vocalist in the competition. She is also a member of the Ballina group Réalta, 12 singers ranging in age from 13 to 26 who won the world championship title in the group section this year in Los Angeles.

The show will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the very best of local talent including Réalta, the current world champion senior vocal group who will perform music from the musicals, world champion Irish dancer Heather Carr, a group of young Irish dancers who recently appeared in TG4’s Glas Vegas, the hip-hop masters 2010 winners from Danceworld, songs from the Bofield Céilí Band’s last two albums, as well as a host of performers still to be announced. Tickets cost €20 and are available from www.ticketmaster.ie or buy ringing the Art Centre on 096 73593.

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