Operatic extravaganza to bring the Shoreline Festival to epic climax

The Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson and Christy Hunter tune up for the Classics in the Park event at this year's Shoreline Festival in Loughshore Park, Jordanstown this bank holiday weekend, August 25 and 27. INNT34-610con
The Mayor, Alderman Victor Robinson and Christy Hunter tune up for the Classics in the Park event at this year's Shoreline Festival in Loughshore Park, Jordanstown this bank holiday weekend, August 25 and 27. INNT34-610con
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For one night only the Loughshore Park in Jordanstown will be transformed into an operatic musical extravaganza with the Live Classics in the Park Concert which will bring an end to the annual Shoreline Festival.

The concert, on Monday (August 27) will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display to mark the end of Newtownabbey Borough Council’s annual three-day family fun event.

Dublin born singing sensation Maire Flavin and North Down’s Rebekah Coffey will be starring in the concert as well as several other Irish singers.

Maire has shot to stardom with roles in Orpheus in the Underworld and L’Incoronazione di Poppea. She also represented Ireland at the Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 competition reaching the final stages.

Rebekah was the winner of the 2004-2006 Young Artist Platform Scheme and has seen her career develop on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. As well as starring in several operatic roles, Rebekah has also made her recording debut with the Ulster Orchestra under the NAXOS label.

Also starring will be Northern Irish baritone, Ben McAteer, who holds a Masters in Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is currently studying on the Opera Course.

Ben’s operatic roles include Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia and Aeneas Dido & Aeneas.

Recent notable performances include a recital in the Barbican Concert Hall, a concert for BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Sounds Classical’.

Newtownabbey Borough Council’s tourism and events manager Lisa O’Kane said: “We always like to end the Shoreline Festival with a bang and what better way than an evening of Britain’s and Irelands best young operatic talent.”

The live Classics in the Park will start at 7.30pm and members of the public are encouraged to bring their picnic and chairs to get into the true festival spirit.

The Shoreline Festival will run from Saturday, August 25 to Monday, August 27 and is a family fun event for all ages, further information can be found at www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/shoreline or through the official Shoreline Festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/shorelinefestival.