Lockdown Blues

I really miss concerts and recitals at the moment but I have been teaching all of my brilliant pupils at the MTU Cork School of Music remotely via ZOOM. I am also privileged to continue singing at local funerals, celebrating the lives of their loved-ones with a family’s choice of significant music.  I have been recording some hymns and reflective music to guide the bereaved and will be posting here over the next few weeks.





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Mary Hegarty’s Big Band Christmas

My very own twenty-piece big band under the direction of the hubby, John O’Connor, with special guest, crooner Joe Corbett. Fabulous seasonal favourites in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Eartha Kitt, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and Bing Crosby.

Tickets available only from the Everyman Box Office or online at:


Tuesday 17 Dec @ 7:30pm

East Cork Early Music Festival

Fundraising Gala

Mary Hegarty’s Big Band Christmas

Coming soon – details of my Christmas concert with a fabulous jazz orchestra – special guest, crooner Joe Corbett


 Aperitivo Italiano

Part of the Crawford Gallery May Series, Aperitivo Italiano is a lunchtime delight with pianist Ciara Moroney featuring songs by the great Italian Opera composers – Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Rossini and Puccini

Music of the Art Nouveau

I’m just loving preparing this lieder recital with my colleague at CSM, Gabriela Mayer. We are indulging in a programme that includes some ravishing songs by Puccini, Debussy, Lily Boulanger, Vaughan-Williams, and finishes with a dozen beautiful lieder by Ricard Strauss.

Produced and promoted by the Cork Orchestral Society, visit http://www.corkorchestralsociety.ie/programme for tickets


Handel’s Messiah in Gurranebraher

Lovely to be back singing Messiah again, it’s a firm favourite of mine. The East Cork Choral Society, conductor Colin Nicholls – and indeed myself – are all improving with age. Vintage performance guaranteed!


What a fantastic night with Majella, Cara, Ryan, Conor Palliser and the Cork Concert Orchestra!

Here  are some photos


Mary Hegarty sings the Jazz Songbook

Sat 27 Oct 2018 at 8 pm CITCSM Curtis Auditorium

Tickets online at the Everyman Box Office

Cork’s favourite international diva pays homage to the great jazz divas – Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall et al. In a programme of best-loved standards, Mary is joined by her stellar jazz quintet: Cormac McCarthy – piano, Johnny Scott – guitar, David Ryan – drums, David Whitla – bass, and John O’Connor – saxophones. In the hi-fidelity all-seated comfort of the CSM Curtis Auditorium, tickets are online at the Jazz Festival box office at the everyman palace



Making my debut at the UK Frome Festival in a devised work by Linda Kitchen ‘Pants!’ – a celebration of the popular operatic ‘pants’ roles for female singers. Some gorgeous music in this. We’re also taking it to the Spiegeltent at the Buxton Festival.


This is an absolute hoot, a voyage through the operatic repertoire for gender confused performers, starring Nerys Jones, Mary Hegarty, pianist Ella O’Neill and a bowl of fruit and vegetables…

A handful of tickets left for Sunday performance at 4:30



with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Baritone John Molloy and Conductor Roderick Dunk

Loved this concert with the RTECO  It was great fun to do this concert on Wed 16 May at the National Concert Hall. A fabulous orchestra in a terrific venue with one of my favourite leading men!

Listen to it here:      https://rte.ie/r.html?rii=b16_10881834_8115_27-05-2018_

Gala Concert at Cork Opera House

To celebrate 75yrs of Our Lady of Lourdes national school, and my alma mater – the Knockrea Singers, Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh, and myself will take part in this joyous event affirming one of Cork’s most musical schools. Ensembles from the school and parents Lorraine Comiskey and Siobhan Coakley will also perform. Thursday 10 May at 8 pm


Berlioz Les nuits d’été 

Lovely concert of Berlioz with the CSM Senior Orchestra and conductor Tom Doyle at the Curtis Auditorium on Tue 8 May at 7 pm

Finding a Voice Festival Clonmel 8 March

I’ll be featured soloist with Cappella Lyrica in a performance of Emily Hall’s ‘Out Into’ at the ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival in Clonmel in a few weeks. I’ll also perform three solo works with Deirdre Long, piano, two songs by Nadia Boulanger and one by Bernadette Marmion. An interesting evening of music by female composers!


Christmas with the Cork Youth Orchestra

Christmas seems quite distant as the spring evenings lengthen, but the echoes of this fantastic concert remain. Brilliant orchestra and my favourite venue and leading man! Super evening at midnight mass on Christmas Eve in the North Cathedral as well.

CSM Masters Series

Great lunchtime concert with young pianist Denise Crowley, of German Lieder – Schumann and Strauss – at the end of November. Hope to hear much more from her!

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral

I had the honour of performing at the ISA Conference Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral last October with the Cathedral Choir and their director Peter Stobart. Cork’s Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald is seen here lighting specially commissioned candles for the participants.

Buxton International Festival  –  2017

What brilliant fun performing in Britten’s Albert Herring at the historic Buxton Opera House. My partners in crime included Heather Shipp, Lucy Schaufer, Jeff Lloyd-Roberts, Yvonne Howard, Nick Merryweather, Bradley Smith, Kathryn Rudge, Morgan Pearse, and new bff John Molloy! A very funny production was directed by Francis Matthews and our superconductor was Justin Doyle, ably abetted by Annette Saunders.

Albert Herring‚ Buxton Festival
Opera Magazine (September 2017)

‘Mary Hegarty’s lively Miss Wordsworth‚ plunging her hand accidentally into the trifle…’

Albert Herring‚ Buxton Festival
Manchester Theatre Awards (July 2017)

‘…Mary Hegarty delightful as the schoolteacher‚ Miss Wordsworth.’