Wexford, where I live, is a small “Viking” town on the South East coast of Ireland. It has a small population and people are friendly. We boast the most wonderful quay side and board walk with miles of water and magical sunrises. When the sun shines, there is nowhere else to be!
We have just come to the end of the 62 nd Wexford Festival Opera and it all began with Dr Tom Walsh a few friends and a gramophone recital in 1951 see ; http://www.wexfordfestivalopera.com and has been running every year in October and November, setting itself apart by introducing audiences to neglected or forgotten operas in our magnificent new opera house.
Over the years we have heard the most beautiful voices and seen many famous faces. We all put on our “glad rags” to listen to as much music as we can, visit all the antique and art exhibitions. The local restaurants put in the effort and dress their tables with nice Irish linen designed and made locally by Agnes H Design.ie! and serve great food, the shopkeepers dress their windows, the pubs too join in and have great live music and competitions and we wish it will never end . But for me the real heroes of the opera festivals are the 350 strong volunteers who day and night give up their time to help out! The person who takes your coat or shows you to your seat or calls a taxi. For the most part they go unnoticed, they don’t get the applause or the standing ovations and some may even think they are paid (which they are not) Some of my friends are part of that team and they are so dedicated it is amazing and are there purely out of love for the festival. So hats off to the band of Volunteers!They do a great job!
So….. if you love music or you just want to experience opera for the first time, come and visit Wexford and enjoy the fun or as the festival would say ” A great experience”.
from, infotabletop at AgnesH Design.ie