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The Celtic Tenors at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain


The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors, will give you a night to remember at Trinity-on-Main at 69 Main St. on Sunday evening, July 21.

Whether playing a neighbourhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam or Shanghai, you are assured of a professional, sparkling and most of all, good humoured performance. They genuinely love what they do, and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs, exhilarating classics, a capellas and popular contemporary songs. The Celtic Tenors, you’ll get more than a performance by world-class artists. You’ll enjoy an evening to savour and a night with tenors who despite their incredible success don’t take themselves too seriously!

Matthew Gilsenan was born into a hard-working farming family in North Meath. Steeped in the local musical traditions and raised by parents who shared a great love for music, from the great composers to obscure Irish folk, Matthew along with all his siblings was born to sing. His classical training started in the Sisters of Mercy convent in Kells, Co. Meath, aged 10, and progressed to some of the great Irish and Scottish teachers. Although he ventured into opera and classical singing, Matthew never lost his love for the music of his youth, in particular the vibrant contemporary Irish music which is his great source of inspiration.

James Nelson, from Sligo, though resident in Baltinglass in West Wicklow, James is a BA., B.Mus (Hons) graduate from UCD, and a student of David Harper (UK), Britta Sundberg (Sweden) and Edith Forrest & Dr. Veronica Dunne (Ireland). Highlights from an oratorio repertoire of over 60 works include Frank Martin’s “Golgotha” in Bern and Zürich Cathedrals, “L’Enfance du Christ” (Berlioz) alongside Katia Ricciarelli in Rome and Florence, as well as “Gerontius”, Verdi “Requiem”, Britten’s “St Nicolas”, Haydn’s “Creation”, the Bach Passions.

More than 50 roles in opera and operetta include Tichon (Katya) for Opera Theatre Company in Portugal, Josef (Wiener Blut) and Cecco (Il Mondo della Luna) also for OTC, Basilio (Figaro) for Scottish Opera under the baton of Raymond Leppard, Pinkerton (Butterfly) at Hever Castle in Kent, Snout/Wall (Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Singapore Lyric Opera, Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Calaf (Turandot) for Opera in the Open, Lensky (Onegin) in Russia, Alfredo (Traviata) at Como in Italy, and roles for Opera Ireland, Opera Liceu, New Israeli Opera, and the Wexford and Buxton Festivals.

Daryl Simpson B.E.M., from Omagh, Northern Ireland, developed his love of music during schooling at Omagh Academy, which then led him to study at Queen’s University (Bmus), Royal Irish Academy of Music (DipMus), and Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (PgDipMus, MMus and MOpera). After leaving Scotland, Daryl became an inaugural ‘Young Associate Artist’ at Opera Theatre Company, performing in various operas, recitals and broadcasts. He was then accepted to the prestigious Oper Zurich Studio, where he went on to perform several roles including Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). His concert/oratorio performances include appearing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, as well as the Zurich Kammer Orchestra.

Come over to Trinity-on-Main for an unforgettable night of Live Celtic Music in our beautiful 300 seat theater. We offer cash bar and concessions. Wheel chair accessible. Free parking on the streets and garages near us. This is an all age event. Tickets are $22 in advance, $26 at the door. VIP tickets will be sold for $45 for up front tables with benefits. Doors open at 7:30 pm. There will be a meet and greet with the Tenors. Contact 860-229-2072b or go online to for tickets and other information.