A Summer’s Evening on the Quad – 15th July 2017

As darkness falls on the evening of Saturday 15 July, the magic of UCC’s Main Quad comes to life for the 12th A Summer’s Evening on the Quad open-air charity concert.   The theme of this year’s concert “Classics on the Quad” promises an evening of spectacular music in a unique setting, all in aid of deserving Cork charities.

A Summer’s Evening on the Quad, Saturday 15th July 2017, 8pm The Main Quad, UCC.


Band of An Garda Síochána

One of Ireland’s leading wind and brass ensembles and led by Insp. Pat Kenny, this year will see the 11th appearance by the Band of An Garda Síochána at A Summer’s Evening on the Quad . Besides providing music for official Garda functions (such as Graduation Ceremonies at the Garda College) the Band undertakes a heavy community-orientated programme each year performing at schools, festivals and sporting events, concerts and fundraising Galas.

Ronan Tynan

Making a much-anticipated return visit to A Summer’s Evening on the Quad, Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres. Ronan first gained international attention in 1994 after having won Go For It, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. Since then, he has appeared in concert halls across the United States and internationally to acclaim, has released more than 10 titles under the Sony label and has performed for several U.S. Presidents and Popes.

Fiona Murphy

We are delighted to welcome back Dublin born Fiona Murphy back to UCC for this year’s Summer’s Evening. Fiona has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio at Houston Grand Opera and made her operatic debut with Opera Ireland in 2001. Since then has sung in leading roles with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Chicago Opera Theatre, English National Opera, Opera Ireland, Welsh National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Portland Opera, to name a few. She is a regular guest soloist with several major orchestras around the world.

Karen Underwood

Loved for her soul, blues and gospel blend Karen is best known for The Nina in Me, which she devised with John O’Brien. She followed this with, Singing Nina, which toured internationally. In 2012, Karen and John composed Of Ladies Lost and Found which premiered at The Everyman Theatre in November that year for Bounce Back, a suicide prevention charity Karen founded in 2012. Her repertoire, lilting American voice and charming stage persona is loved by audiences who enjoy her regular live performances throughout Cork city.

Chorus of Cork Operatic Society

Cork Operatic Society was founded in 2009 as a legacy of Opera 2005 with the aim of bringing opera of outstanding quality to Cork audiences. Between 2010 and 2014 the society co-produced several operas with the Everyman Theatre including Faust, Der Vampyr and Pagliacci (Irish Times Theatre Award’s Best Opera 2012). Since 2016, Cork Operatic Society have been the chorus for Cork Opera House’s Concert Series including La Traviata, The Merry Widow, Carmen and The Magic Flute.

Gerald Kean


Linda Kenny

Programme Director

Our 2017 Beneficiaries


Our 2017 Sponsors