On 20th May 2023, my choir The Seafield Singers will present an afternoon programme of music in memory of our dear former accompanist, conductor and president Alison Young. Alison was at the heart of the choir from its foundation in 1990, first of all acting as accompanist for her beloved Bill (William Young). On his death in 2001, she took over as musicial director, bringing me in in 2011 as rehearsal pianist. In 2015, Alison encouraged me take over as musical director and returned to her favourite spot – behind the piano, supporting the singers. She was very proud of her longtime association with the choir and was pleased to be appointed President of The Seafield Singers a number of years ago.
Over her career at the College of Music (now TU Dublin Conservatoire), and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (alongside the redoubtable Veronica Dunne), Alison supported so many young singers in their career. She was an ever-present sight at Feis Ceoil and always encouraging to those in her care. She had high standards, but she made you feel that you could reach them. The Seafield Singers were always keen to hear of her students’ successes – she often invited young singers to sing for our concerts, as part of our Spotlight on Youth programme.
I will always remember Alison fondly. She gave so much in her life, she lived it with integrity, passion, and an unbelievable sense of fun.
For our concert on Saturday, I’m delighted to be joined by soloists Imelda Drumm and Owen Gillhooly Miles. David Bremner will accompany the choir in excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah as well as some choral favourites. And proceedings will be led by the wonderful Liz Nolan as compere.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite for 20 euro plus booking fee and on the door for 20 euro
Venue: St John the Baptist Church of Ireland, Seafield Road West (close to Clontarf Castle)
Date: 20th May 2023