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I enjoyed the excellent concert at Cork City Hall, which starred the lovely New Zealand jungfrau, Hayley Westenra, ably accompanied by the Cork Youth Orchestra.
It is a tribute to the orchestra, which was founded the same year I was born (1958), that it can attract world-class performers, like Hayley and Michael Ball, to sing with it.
Hayley is the best crossover female classical/pop star at present.
I bought her first CD, Pure, 10 years ago. Full marks to your sister paper, the Evening Echo, for co-sponsoring the concert.
In the list of members of the orchestra in the programme, there were 28 boys and 100 girls, a slightly skewed gender mix.
Finally, I hope that the orchestra received its fair share of box-office proceeds, as it must be expensive to run.
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