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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Local singer wins €15K Arts Council Next Generation Award


International prize-winning baritone Dr Gavan Ring. 

Local baritone Dr Gavan Ring is just one of the exceptional artistic talents that has been given Next Generation awards by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts.

The Next Generation programme recognises and promotes a selection of artists from different disciplines and gives them the time they need to develop their practice.

Awarded with €15,000 each, the innovative young artists work across music, literature, circus, theatre and architecture, and are based in all four provinces of Ireland.

In Spring 2018, the 24 chosen artists will take part in a collective week-long residential programme at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan.

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “Each year we have the difficult job of choosing from the dozens of excellent applications we receive, and in 2017 our task was harder than ever. We chose to support 24 artists of great potential from a diverse range of practices and disciplines, and I look forward to seeing their work for many years to come. I wish each of our recipients every success,” she added.

International prize-winning baritone Dr Gavan Ring studied at the Schola Cantorum before reading education and music at DCU, RIAM and the National Opera Studio in London.

His concert highlights include performances with the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Mark Elder.

 Opera highlights include leading roles at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera Rara, Wide Open Opera and Opera Theatre Company. 2017/18 season include the roles of Ping in Puccini’s Turandot, Novice’s Friend in Britten’s Billy Budd for Opera North, Horatio in Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne, Árd-Rí na hÉireann in a concert performance of Robert O’Dwyer’s Eithne with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Welsh National Opera plus recitals for BBC Radio 3 and at Wigmore Hall with pianists Eugene Asti, Simon Lepper and Graham Johnson.

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