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2005-11-02 Ballina soprano joins Celtic Tenors on US tour



Ballina soprano, Donna Malone joins Celtic Tenors on US tour Ballina soprano Donna Malone (18) has joined the internationally renowned Celtic Tenors on their current tour of North America.


Donna has been bringing joy to Ballina audiences since she was a young girl with her exceptional vocal talents, and it has come as no surprise to music lovers in the town that the wonderfully talented vocalist has received international recognition at such a young age.


Donna, who is a daughter of Enda and Patricia Malone, will never forget September 15th. It was on that day that Donna commenced her four-year Bachelor of Music (Hons.) Degree course at the Conservatory of Music and Drama at D.I.T., Dublin, and on the same day she received a phone call offering her a wonderful opportunity to embark on a five-week tour of America and Canada with the Celtic Tenors.


Donna was chosen as a result of an audition which she had undertaken sixteen months previously for an entirely different event. Donna is temporarily replacing Soprano Deirdre Shannon who is currently touring with the `Celtic Woman' show, also in America.


Donna Malone has been singing since the age of six, when her voice was first embraced by Lavinia Slater Gilmartin of St. Cecilia's School of Song in Ballina.

She has won many prizes for her singing over the years. She has performed in many musicals, recitals and has appeared as solo guest several times with the Moy Singers as well as through her involvement with Rejoice Gospel Choir, St. Muredach's Cathedral Choir and the newly- formed Youth Choir.


She has been a Cantor at Mass in Ballina for the last couple of years. More recently, Donna has received Vocal Training from Kathryn Smith of the Leinster School of Music in Dublin. She is extremely grateful for the support and goodwill of the people of Ballina, whom she says have always provided her with a platform for her singing.


She would like especially to thank all the people who worked closely with her in developing her singing ability and makes special mention of local Singing Teacher, Lavinia Slater Gilmartin; her Music Teacher and Accompanist, Regina Deacy; Organist, Patsy Doherty, as well as all her friends in the above mentioned choirs. She would also like to thank Matt Farrell (Chamber of Commerce) for his involvement in the Classical Evening in the Ballina Street and Arts Festival. Donna has deferred her College course for a year and on 20th October she headed off to "live a dream", singing with the Celtic Tenors in North America and Canada.

The Celtic Tenors, comprising Matthew Gilsenan (Meath), James Nelson (Sligo) and Niall Morris (Dublin), along with their Musical Director, David Munro have just released their new album "We are not Islands" with tracks featuring Brian Kennedy, Samantha Mumba and Air Supply. The Tenors are loved for their versatility and for their wonderful and energetic performances.


Donna says she is so priviledged to be given the chance to work with a group of such high calibre, and she adds "they are also great fun to be with". On a personal note, Donna would like to thank her parents, Enda and Patricia and her sister Sharon for all their encouragement and practical support and a big thank you to her Auntie Ita (Kildare) for driving her to and from buses when travelling to singing lessons.