THE WHIMSICAL PATRICK HEALY
If you've seen him, you aren't likely to forget him. If you haven't, you have a treat in store. Patrick is a musician, composer and accompanist of international reputation and a raconteur who will leave you rolling in the aisle with tears running down your cheeks. What's more, he's one of the nicest people you could ever meet.
After his years in Rome, he returned to England where he joined the English Opera Group with Peter Pears and Sir Benjamin Britten and appeared in the World Premier of "Curlew River" at the Aldeburgh Festival. He remained in London for 12 years, coaching and accompanying many well know singers.
In 1982, he was honored with a special award from the John McCormack Society.
During this period, he appeared regularly on the BBC, trying his hand at both radio and television as he presented programs on opera in particular as well as on music in general. Many will remember his personal renditions of Irish folk songs. A collaboration with the popular British presenter, Richard Baker, delighted audiences with the "Grand Tour of Melody" and the "Best of Britain" and gave him the opportunity to travel around the world.
Born in Dublin in 1932, Patrick delighted his parents when he showed an interest in piano at the age of three. Pleasant days in Jesuit School are still apparent when he speaks with obviously fond memories of the Nuns who taught and encouraged him.
He attended the Royal Irish Academy of Music and University College in Dublin where he won a scholarship for two years of study in Rome with respected and renowned Italian opera star, Toti dal Monte.
Patrick has a wonderful repertoire of songs of his native Ireland. Those who treat themselves to his recent CD, "Hills of Home", will delight in such favorites as "Come Back Paddy Reilly", "And her Mother Came Too", "The Spinning Wheel", "The Foggy FoggyDew" and other traditional favorites.
The music of Gilbert and Sullivan has been another of his great loves since school days and he has, over the years, become regarded as an outstanding authority. For more than a decade now, he has produced and performed in an annual Gilbert and Sullivan gala presented at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. As such, he is the presenter and musical director of the "Magic of Gilbert and Sullivan" which always includes members of the D'oyly Carte Opera Company. As stated in the Irish publication "The Sunday Business Port Online" the "witty and brilliantly clever music never dulls with the years...while pianist and presenter Patrick Healy strung proceedings together admirably."
Artist....arranger...popular host of an Irish Radio program which features interviews with opera personalities...coach to hundreds of students - Patrick's list of accomplishments seems almost unending.
Patrick and Anthony Kearns first met when Anthony was studying at the Leinster School of Music with Veronica Dunne. Patrick was Anthony's voice coach. Their friendship and musical collaboration began there and has never ceased with Patrick serving as Anthony's accompanist for more than 10 years now. Patrick composes many of the Irish song arrangements in Anthony's repertoire and provides both musical and comic relief during their concerts. He tells the audience his function (besides accompanist, of course) is to "give the tenor a rest." The tenor may, indeed rest, but the audience greets his return exhausted from laughter.
Those of you who have seenAnthny and Patrick have been charmed by their duets. Favorites are "Friendship," specially written by Patrick for the 2003 Gilbert and Sullivan Gala and "We'll Gather Lilacs in the Spring".
And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the title song of his CD "Hills of Home" a lyrical yearning for homeland which Patrick wrote especially for Mr. Kearns and has quickly become an audience favorite.
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When he isn't with Anthony, in Ireland, or in some other part of the world, Patrick lives in Derbyshire, England. Gardening is one of his favorite pastimes, although he seldom has time to indulge that love.
Talent, charm, a gentleman of the old school, Patrick Healy is the consummate entertainer and, indeed, a very special person .