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Operatunity brings Luck of the Irish

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Fiddler Jess Hindin brings Luck of the Irish to St Columba Presbyterian Church in Botany on Thursday 25th Jan at 11am.

Operatunity brings its celebration of all things Irish St Columba Presbyterian Church, 480 Ti Rakau Dr in Botany on Thursday 25th January at 11am.

Performers will include Susan Boland, John Cameron, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua, Karl Perigo, Bryony Williams, and violinist Jessica Hindin.

Tenor Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Violinist Jessica Hindin star in Operatunity’s first show of 2017 and met through Operatunity.

They toured and performed together several times before romance sparked on Operatunity’s European Romance tour three years ago.

Recently, while escorting a trip to Hawaii for Operatunity Travel, Bonnie popped the question and to the delight of their fellow travellers, they announced their engagement on the final night of the trip.

Violinist Jessica Hindin completed her musical studies at University of Auckland before travelling to Ireland to fiddle in a traditional Irish show in Galway.

While she was there she successfully auditioned for Barrage, an international touring world music show based in Alberta, Canada.

After almost six years of touring, which included television appearances in Great Britain, Europe, USA and China she returned home to New Zealand.

She has performed on stage alongside well-known entertainers including Harry Connick Jr and Elaine Page, and Kiwi singers Boh Runga, Hayley Westenra and Ladyhawke.

Her string quartet has been part of the band for many other televised shows including New Zealand’s Got Talent, and X Factor.

In 2015 she was appointed Musical Director of Sistema Aotearoa, a music program in South Auckland providing an avenue for social change through free orchestral musical education for over 400 primary aged children.

Jess spent many years touring North America with an Irish fiddle band and we are delighted to showcase this hidden talent in our Irish show.

With so many New Zealanders boasting Ireland as part of their ancestry, a concert that showcases the best of the Irish music and the irrepressible Irish spirit warms the heart and rekindles those Irish roots!

With Irish dancing, famous haunting ballads, funny ditties and limericks, singalongs, Irish jokes and breakneck fiddling, the Luck of the Irish promises to be a show to please anyone who has Irish in their blood or a little bit of Irish in their hearts!

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