THOSE who are looking for something a bit different to do during the lunchtime hour throughout the summer months, can try the new ‘Easy on the Ear’ lunchtime concerts.
These take place from 1:10pm to 1:50pm from Thursday June 28 to August 30 at St Peter’s Church in Market Square, Portlaoise. The concerts are the brainchild of Stanley Monkhouse, Rector of St. Peter’s, who was once organist and choirmaster at St Ann’s in Dawson Street in Dublin. “We are privileged to have such high calibre visiting artists donating their talents to play for us, and I am most grateful,” said Stanley.
The artists playing in the concert series will include Stephen Adams from Kildare Cathedral (July 5); Mark Duley, an international concert organist (July 19); Derek Verso from St. Paul’s, Glenageary (July 26); native of Portlaoise and organist of St. Ann’s in Dublin, Charles Marshall (August 2); Andrew Burrows of Kilkenny College and son of COI Bishop Michael Burrows (August 9 and August 23); 2010 Feis Ceoil winner Paul Mullen (August 16); David O’Shea of Sandyford Church, Dublin (August 23); and Stanley (June 28, July 12, August 30).
All the currently scheduled concerts will be played on the 1901 Bevington organ at the church which was donated to the church by the Odlum family.
“We hope the concerts will give people who live and work in the town an interesting and relaxing way to spend their lunch hour. People can bring their lunch and eat as they listen - and they are welcome to come and go as they please,” said Stanley, “hopefully quietly.”
While no charge will be made for the concerts, donations will be welcome during the performances (of which half will go to the Laois Hospice).