In January 2012, The Canbeltos Ladies Choir and Song and Dance Youth Choir were joined by Virginia Kerr - arguably Ireland's leading soprano - for a masterclass focused particularly on techniques to enhance breathing, voice control and phasing.
Virginia is one of the most distinguished Irish sopranos of her generation, equally well-known on the operatic stage, concert and oratorio platform and as a recitalist. She has sung with many of the worlds leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Hallé and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her operatic and concert performances have taken her as far afield as the Far East, Russia and North and South America. Nearer home she has sung with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Leipzig Opera, Opéra de Nantes and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Virginia is a fine exponent of 20th century music and has given numerous world premières including LeFanu's The Wildman (Aldeburgh Festival) and Victory's Ultima Rerum (NCH), a work that was subsequently recorded on Naxos.
She gave the Irish première of Schoenberg's Erwartung with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and followed this with a highly acclaimed performance of Pierrot Lunaire at the National Gallery. Virginia appears regularly on the concert platform as featured soloist with both the RTÉ National Symphony and RTÉ Concert Orchestras and has been a guest presenter for RTÉ lyric fm. She is a trustee of Christchurch Cathedral Choir and was appointed chairperson of the Board of Opera Theatre Company in 2004. Virginia recently became a professor of singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.