Blind Mayo Manchester Soprano Singer aims to raise £20,000 to fund her Opera singing career

Blind Mayo Soprano Singer aims to raise £20,000 to fund her Opera singing career.

28 year old Kerry Firth is based in Manchester but with strong Mayo roots in Creliam in Ballavary is trying to foolow in the footsteps of the Blind Opera singer, Andrea Bocelli. To achieve her ambition she has to raise £20,000 to join the world renowned Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

The visually impaired singer, whose first cousin is the world famous Trad musician, Mike McGoldrick is a regular performer at the Mayo Association Dinner in Manchester and has helped launch the annual Manchester Irish Festival on numerous occasions.

Kerry holds a first class honours degree in Music and a distinction in her masters and a PHD Doctorate becoming Dr Kerry Firth in Philosophy last year. Her burning ambition to pursue a career in singing to follow her hero - Andrea Bocelli by becoming one of the world’s handful of Blind Opera singers.

Kerry commented “I am a visually impaired soprano based in Manchester looking to develop my skills as a performer with a view to pursuing a solo singing career. I have been offered a place to study for a full-time postgraduate advanced diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, which will begin in September.”

“Thanks to several local trusts and charities, I have already raised a small portion of these funds, but there is still some way to go, and so I have created a go funding page in the hope that people might wish to contribute. Every little helps, so even the smallest contribution will be gratefully received.”

On a personal level, gaining a place at a conservatoire has been especially important. As a blind performer, I am particularly keen to demonstrate how disabled singers can integrate into the mainstream operatic world. The singer is very keen to try and break down discriminatory and attitudinal barriers.

Kerry is often asked questions about her disability at auditions that overshadow her skills as a performer. Sometimes she is told she has what is required for a particular part, but because of her lack of vision it would be too difficult or impractical for her to perform.

At other times, experiences have been more positive, and conductors and directors have been keen for her to be integrated into performances.

In these situations, she has felt that all have learnt from each other, and outcomes have been highly successful.

Trinity Laban have shown a strong interest towards inclusion and, in studying there, I hope to gain the knowledge and skills to enhance the possibility of integration, and to set the stage for future disabled performers.

Kerry is an enthusiastic and dedicated musician with a varied vocal experience that spans opera, oratorio and art song, as well as jazz.

Both inside and outside of university, she has featured regularly as a soloist in concerts and operatic performances, and has participated in master classes with singers such as Dame Felicity Lott.

To make a donation to help Kerry achieve her ambitions click on the Go Fund Page https://www.gofundme.com/kerrys-postgraduate-singing-fund