Music Generation Louth recently presented a concert at The Barbican Centre, Drogheda showcasing the culmination of a year of fantastic music making.
Over 130 children showed off their musical talents to an audience of 400. The concert opened with the children of the Music Generation Louth ‘Let’s Sing’ Programme. Conducted by Darren Magee, the choir is made up of groups from two local schools; the boys of Ms Maher’s fourth class at St Joseph’s Boys National CBS and the girls of Ms Scully’s and Ms Conlon’s third classes at Marymount Girls’ National Schools. They worked very hard all year and treated the audience a lively and fun-filled programme of songs from around the world. They were joined on the evening by the Drogheda Children’s Choir who, under the excellent stewardship of conductor Patricia Hegarty, delighted the audience to their renditions of popular classics like Kodaline’s ‘One day’ and even their own composition ‘Gummy bears’. Other highlights of the evening included a beautiful solo harp performance by Ciara Brannigan and a group of yojng fiddlers from Callystown NS who had the audience tapping their toes to a series of reels, jigs and hornpipes. Cellists Cebhan Houshidari and Meaghan Dinsmore did their tutor Claire Fitch proud with a stirring performance of ‘Hungarian Dance’ and Finn Fitzgerald gave an outstanding solo performance of James Bay’s ‘Hold back the River’. Before the audience had time to catch their breath, the Music Generation Louth Guitar Ensemble wowed us with their performance of Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ and Hozier’s ‘Take me to Church’ with a surprise guest appearance by Katy Anna Mohan who joined the young musicians on stage. The whole evening was rounded off with a stirring performance by the 110 strong combined choirs that left everyone clapping and dancing in the aisles.
Music Generation Louth is a music education service for children and young people that provides a range of opportunities throughout the county for children and young people to learn music.It is under the management of the Louth and Meath ETB and it is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills. Locally the programme is supported by Create Louth and the Louth and Meath ETB.