An evening of opera, song and seasonal favourites

Friday 11 DECEMBER 2020
At 7.30pm

Concert Update:

With regret, the recent easing of Covid restrictions does not include attendance at theatre or concerts therefore we’re not permitted to have an audience at the final concert of the autumn series.

Pianist Gary Beecher and tenor Gavan Ring perform an evening of opera, song and seasonal favourites

Two stand out musicians come together for this special pre-Christmas concert. As many people will look forward to 2020 drawing to a close, this will be an uplifting concert to get people in the mood for the festive season. Gary Beecher last performed in Drogheda during Tara Erraught’s weekend Celebrating the Voice and although Gavan Ring is a familiar voice to local audiences, his last visit to St Peter’s Church of Ireland was as a baritone. Gavan has very successfully made the vocal transition to tenor and is gaining lots of critical acclaim and recently described by Opera Magazine as “The agility of a gymnast and the vocal command of a sergeant major“.

This concert is available via Vimeo to watch from Friday 11th December for €10.

Ticket details


An evening of opera, song and seasonal favourites

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval 

Mozart: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Die Zauberflöte)
Gounod: Salut demeure et chaste et pure (Faust)
Puccini: E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)

Liszt: Years of Pilgrimage, Italy:
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca

Beethoven: Adelaide op.46
Duparc: Le Manoir du Rosemunde
Quilter: Go Lovely Rose
John Kinsella: Filleadh ón Antartach
Larchet: The Philosophy of Love

Schubert: Ave Maria
Leoncavallo: Mattinata
De Curtis: Torna a Surriento 

Our artists


Hailing from Cahersiveen in County Kerry, Irish tenor Dr Gavan Ring studied at the Schola Cantorum at St Finian’s College Mullingar before reading education and music at Dublin City University. An alumnus of the National Opera Studio in London, Gavan is also the first opera singer and the youngest graduate to complete doctoral studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Gavan’s ground-breaking doctoral research on Robert O’Dwyer’s Irish language opera Eithne led to the work’s first performance in 107 years.

Concert highlights include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and Lucerne Festival under Sir Simon Rattle, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall under Sir Mark Elder and the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prinzregententheater under Keri Lynn-Wilson. Recital work includes regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and RTÉ Lyric FM plus appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Ludlow English Song Festival collaborating with pianists such as Simon Lepper, Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, Sholto Kynoch and Iain Burnside. Opera highlights include leading roles at Opéra Royal de Versailles, Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Holland Park.


Gary Beecher is a pianist from Cork, Ireland, with a varied career as a song accompanist, chamber musician and soloist. Gary has been hailed by the Belfast Telegraph as a “subtle, sophisticated player with a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook”. Gary is currently based in London.

Most recently, Gary was the winner of the 2019 International Nadia & Lili Boulanger Voice-Piano Competition in Paris with duo partner Erika Baikoff (Soprano). Previous to this, he was the winner of the Rudolf Jansen Pianist Prize at the 53rd International Vocal Competition for Lied Duo in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, as well as the 2nd Pianist Prize winner at the 2019 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition where duo partner Erika Baikoff was the First Place Prize Winner. Gary was also a winner of the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform along with duo partner Ema Nikolovska (Mezzo Soprano). He was awarded the Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize, Graham Johnson’s Song Guild Paul Hamburger Prize, the Prince Consort Side-by-side Recital at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall Franz Schubert Lieder Prize. 


This concert is available via Vimeo to watch from Friday 11th December. Find out more details on these viewing options below.

In person

We’re not permitted to have an audience present so this concert is now for online access only.


This concert is filmed and presented with top-level audio, recorded live in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda. You can view the concert from the comfort of your home via our online broadcast. It will be broadcast on Vimeo On Demand from Friday 11th December for €10 and available to watch for 5 days.


Friday 11th
December 2020 at 7.30pm

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