Downpatrick Singer To Join Leading Soprano On Stage At Down Arts Centre


Young Downpatrick singer Dylan Scullion has been specially selected to perform the classic duet ‘Pie Jesu’ with award-winning soprano Michelle Baird as part of her event, Songs from the Movies and Musicals at Down Arts Centre at 8pm on Friday 28 March.

Songs from the Movies and Musicals pays tribute to some of the best songs from Stage and Screen, performed and hosted by Michelle, accompanied by her Elluna Musical Ensemble (Stephen Carlisle on piano and Kilkeel-based star violinist, Michelle Haughian.)

[caption id="attachment_47876" align="alignleft" width="390"]Michelle Michelle Baird will be performing at the Down Arts Centre and will be joined by young Downpatick  singer Dylan Scullion.[/caption]

Featuring much-loved hits and themes from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Les Miserables and film favourites such as James Bond, Singing in the Rain, Mamma Mia, Twilight and Shrek to name but a few, this entertaining show offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful hits from the glorious Hollywood days of MGM to the present day.

Other special guests include local actor Matthew Forsythe who has appeared alongside ‘Lewis’ star Laurence Fox and Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis on the West End stage, as well as award-winning Belfast tenor John Lindop.

Michelle said: “This is a very exciting show for me as it’s such a wonderful opportunity to perform my favourite songs from the world of movies and musicals! The stunning ‘Pie Jesu’, which featured in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Requiem’ and was famously recorded by Sarah Brightman and choir-boy Paul-Miles Kingston, is such a show stopper that I wanted to emulate that by finding a talented young man to duet with. Dylan formerly sang with Down Cathedral Choir and so I’m very much looking forward to performing this beautiful song with him.”

Down Arts centre  hastwo exciting new one-day workshops coming up this month – Repeat Pattern Print on Saturday 22 March (10am – 4pm) is based around the techniques of screen-printing. Participants will paint with fabric dyes onto a screen to create images that can then be printed directly onto fabric.  Heat Transfer Print on Saturday 29 March (10am – 4pm) will focus on using a heat press to transfer disperse dyes onto fabric, using stencilling with found objects to achieve a striking image.

To purchase tickets (Songs from the Movies and Musicals £12 / £10, print workshops £40 / £35) and for further information on any Down Arts Centre events, please contact the box office on 028 4461 0747.

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