West End star Peter Corry will perform a special concert, backed by Ballyshannon Choral Society, at The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon this Saturday, October 22.
It’s a remarkable coup for The Abbey Centre and a very rare opportunity to see one of the most talented singers around, right here in Donegal.
The Belfast-born singer played the role of Javert in for three years in the West End and UK touring productions of Les Miserables, has taken the lead in countless musicals and operas and performed as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack. Peter’s also had his own tv series on BBC Northern Ireland and his own show on BBC Radio Ulster.
To date, Peter has recorded seven albums, and performed all over the world, with particular highlights highlights being Washington DC and at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Peter is a frequent visitor to Donegal, mainly for family holidays - he’s been coming here for more than 20 years.
“It’s a wonderful place, everyone seems just that bit more chilled out. I love every chance I get to go to Donegal, whether it’s for a concert or a holiday. When you live near a big city like I do - Hollywood just outside of Belfast - have such a hectic touring schedule, you really appreciate the relative peacefulness of the country and how relaxed everyone is.”
Peter has another connection with the county, he explains. “About eight years ago, a friend of mine called Roger Courtney called to my house with some songs he had written. I didn’t even know he wrote songs!
“One of them was a song called Gweedore, I recorded it and everyone really seems to love it. I’m asked to sing at virtually every single gig, no matter where.”
This is the Peter’s sung with the Ballyshannon Choral Society and he says he’s really looking forward to it. “They’ve a great reputation,” he adds.
The programme for Saturday night will, of course, feature many hit songs from musicals but there will be a lot more as well.
“Of course musicals are the bedrock of my career but they’re not the only part”, Peter comments. “There will be an eclectic mix including popular tunes, Irish trad and folk, and even a few humorous songs.”
All in all, it promises to be a very entertaining and highly enjoyable night.
Tickets €10, curtain 8pm. For more information or booking, ring 071 985 1375 or visit www.abbeycentre.ie.