Category - Music Date - Friday, July 14, 2017 8:00 pm
DATE: Friday, 14th July, 2017
Dundalk Classical Tenor is a man forging ahead with successful careers in both the Music world and with the Irish Army.
The recently promoted Army Sergeant has over the years combined his work with his love of singing, taking on musical projects as his military career has allowed, with both careers seeing him travel the world. Now, as always, keen to take up a challenge, after seven years with The Three Tenors, David is focussing on a solo career while adapting to life alongside his Army promotion.
Featuring a Piano Quintet & Guest Soprano, his first project ‘A Night at the Opera’ debuted in The Spirit Store, Dundalk on Sunday, January 8th 2017 to a sold out audience.
Any person who appreciates classical music training in any way shape or form will know the hours of effort that goes into maintaining and caring for that vocal talent. David’s vocal training began in Dundalk under the tutelage of Geraldine McGee and in the years that followed he successfully competed in various Feis Ceoil. In 1999, having won the Tenor Solo and the Joseph O’Mara Memorial Cup for Operatic Aria in Dublin, he began his studies at the Leinster College of Music and Drama with Dr Veronica Dunne and Jeannie Reddin. David then went on to complete Il Corso Di Canto E Perfezionamento Lirico in Montalto Ligure in Northern Italy, led by the world famous Ugo Benelli, who said ‘David has a remarkable sound, and a fantastic vocal range’.
There aren’t many Classical Tenors who combine a successful singing career, a full Army career and a happy family life but David Martin is leading the way. ‘I’m a Dad to three children first and foremost, and yes I have a very demanding job. I arrange my musical projects around by Army timetable and liaise with my Commanding Officer. It has meant that I can take projects on in my free time. I have been very fortunate over the years. I was living and based in Dundalk at Aiken Barracks. I’m now based in Dublin, so there is a bit of a commute but it’s still all totally manageable.’
David realises his good fortune. ‘I have had some fantastic opportunities over the years. I have performed at so many momentous occasions and locations, in the National Concert Hall and also at the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS. I have also travelled via the Army – Paris, Brussels, Lourdes etc’ David is currently in the States for a 43 Date Tour with the Five Irish Tenors through Columbia Artists, and will be returning to embark on his Solo Irish Tour entitled “A Night At The Opera” for the summer of 2017.