Old Drogheda Society
The Annual Old Drogheda Society President's lunch takes place on Sunday next, December 4th in the Boyne Valley Hotel when the guest speaker will be legendary film composer, arranger and musician Fiachra Trench.
Fiachra spent his early life in in Church Lane Drogheda, before the family moved to live in Slane. His mother was the well known artist Bea Orpen, former president of the Irish Countrywomen's Association, and co- founder of the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection with her husband Terry Trench, who was a founder member and a former president of An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostels Association and author of books on Slane and Newgrange
From 1969 until 1991 Fiachra he worked in London as composer, arranger, musical director and record producer. He has worked with the best in the business, including Kate Bush, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Art Garfunkel, Phil Lynott, Sinead O'Connor, Paul Brady, Mary Black, The Chieftans, The Corrs, Bonnie Tyler and Paul McCartney.
His musical credits are impressive and his string arrangement appears on such hits as 'Fairytale of New York' by the Pogues, a song we will all hear a lot in the run up to Christmas; 'Love is all around' by Wet Wet Wet, which sold 1.88 millions copies and was number one in the UK charts for 15 weeks and 'I don't like Mondays' by the Boomtown Rats which spent four weeks at number one..
Since returning to Ireland he has worked principally on music for film and television. His scores include those for Dear Sarah, A Love Divided and the major BBC documentary series, People’s Century. He has also collaborated on many film scores including Twelfth Night, Die Hard and Pearl Harbour.
Places at the lunch, which is also open to non-members, can be booked by phoning Drogheda Museum Millmount on 041-9833097, cost €25. The lunch is timed for 1pm and there will be a book stall open from 12.30 pm.
Come along and enjoy a nice lunch, an interesting speaker and maybe a few tunes to wrap up the afternoon.