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  • My name is Richard Hayes and I am a classically trained Baritone.   I began my vocal studies, over ten years ago, under the tutelage of renowned Limerick soprano and singing teacher, Mrs. Olive Cowpar.  At present, I am studying voice with internationally renowned baritone and singing teacher, Mr. Owen Gilhooly at the MidWest Vocal Academy.  

    Throughout the last 10 years I have sung at weddings and civil ceremonies throughout Ireland, as well as a number of weddings abroad (U.S. & Europe).  Since first performing at wedding ceremonies, I have sang for both same-sex ceremonies and traditional ceremonies.

    In addition to performing at weddings, I have sung with a number of well known groups such as: The Bunratty Castle Singers, The Limerick Songsters, and The Thomond Singers.  As well as singing as both a soloist and ensemble member with these groups I was a soloist with the Franciscan Church Choir and St. John’s Cathedral Choir, both of which are based in Limerick City.  The last number of years has seen me perform in concert as both a soloist and ensemble member, and these concerts have ranged from charity and benefit concerts to private and corporate events.

    In addition to my love and performance of religious music, I have been involved in a number of musical theatre and opera groups.  Productions to date include: 'Sweeney Todd' (ensemble) & 'Into the Woods' (Rapunzel’s Prince) both with 'BareSpace Theatre Company'; 'Disney’s Beauty and the Beast' (Beast) with 'Shannon Musical Society'; 'A Dickens of a Christmas' (Scrooge), 'Peace' (Hermes),  'Noye’s Fludde' (Noah), all with Summer Music on the Shannon; and 'Savitri' (Death) with 'Mid-West Opera'.

    As can be seen from previous performances, my love of music crosses many genres.  Similarly, my repertoire encompasses many genres, such as; classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and Irish music.  Although I am primarily based in the Limerick / Clare area, I am available to sing at weddings throughout Ireland, Europe, and the United States.