Vanessa Whelan is a classically trained operatic soprano whose beautiful flawless voice has captivated audiences throughout Ireland. A winner of many vocal competitions, Feiseana and scholarships Vanessa secured a prestigious scholarship to study voice with the renowned vocal coach Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
Vanessa achieved huge success in the Voice of Ireland, becoming a finalist and thrilling the judges and thousands of viewers with her flawless performances. Vanessa released a debut single “Who wants to live forever” recorded at Windmill Lane studios and this became a top ten hit. As a result, Vanessa is in great demand throughout Ireland, singing at many high profile concerts and events.
Vanessa has also used her talent to sing for many good causes and charities including The Solas Centre, The National Heart Foundation, The Lyons Club, St Patricks Hospital and MND Ireland. Performing a concert repertoire which spans the spectrum brilliantly from musicals to well-loved melodies, from popular classics to some of the greatest soprano arias Vanessa does it all with class style and an ability to touch the hearts of her audiences.
Derek Ryan began his vocal training with Dr. Veronica Dunne and continues with Robert Bicknell in London. He made his debut with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society in Fiddler on the Roof, appearing on the Late Late show hosted then by Gay Byrne. His first principal role was Judd Fry in Roger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. He has sung across the east coast of America including a performance in Carnegie Hall. Oratorio work includes Handles Messiah and Samson, Hayden’s Creation and Season, Beethoven’s Mass in C. Faure’s Requiem. His operatic repertoire includes, Macbeth, Claudina Von Bella Lane, Il Trovatore, Martha, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Dead Man walking, The Magic Flute, Obegon and The Marriage of Figaro.
Musical Theatre principal roles have included Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, Yeoman of the Guard, The Gondoliers, Trial by Jury, Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, Hot Mikado.
He has co-written and starred in a tribute show to Paul Robeson that toured to great critical acclaim. Derek has performed in and directed many charity concerts for Cystic Fibrosis Association, Irish Cancer Society and the Hospice movement.
“Dylan is a Waterford-born pianist and a music performance scholar at the UCD Ad Astra Academy. He began his studies in Waterford in 2002, where he began taking piano lessons in the WIT Music School. He was the recipient of the Bridget Doolan Scholarship to WIT Music School in 2009 and went on to enjoy much success in the local feiseanna during this time. Dylan began his studies in RIAM in 2013 with Irish concert pianist Prof. Thérèse Fahy. In the subsequent years, he took first place in the Dorothy Stokes Rosebowl and the Gillian Smith Cup at the RIAM Piano Festival, first place in Feis Ceoil’s Dorothy Stokes Rosebowl for Junior Sonata, first place in the EPTA 5th year competition and second place in both the Esposito Cup and Junior Piano A competitions at the Feis Ceoil. Dylan has given piano recitals at The National Concert Hall, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Christchurch Cathedral Waterford, The O’Brien Centre for Science, Newman University Church and the residence of the Irish Ambassador to Canada in Ottawa. Last April, Dylan took to the stage of The National Concert Hall once again for a sell-out performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the UCD Symphony Orchestra, to great critical acclaim.”