Music Generation Louth recently presented a concert at An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk showcasing the culmination of another year of fantastic music making by children and young people.
Over one hundred children showed off their musical talents to a packed theatre of family and friends. The concert opened with a full performance of Reimaging Songs and Music of Oriel, a project developed earlier in the year by Music Generation Louth with local musicians Zoe Conway, Barry Hynes and composer Elaine Agnew. This 20 minute, original composition was created and performed by the pupils of Dulargy National School, Rathcor National School, Scoil Naomh Lorcan and Ardaghy National School, Omeath.
After a short interval, the combined choirs of the Dundalk Let’s Sing Programme with children from St Nicholas’ Monastery National School and St Joseph’s National School led by Lisa McGuinness sang a lovely programme of international songs. They were accompanied by the sweet sounding Dundalk Children’s Choir who also gave a beautiful rendition of Shoshone, a native Indian love song under the direction of choral conductor Clare McEvoy.
The Dundalk Junior Brass Band added some musical variety performing a wonderfully mixed programme of music from Beethoven to Beach Boys under the baton of tutor Michael Gaskin.
The elegant beauty of Music Generation Louth’s 11-strong harp ensemble led by Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla completely beguiled the audience as did the charming piping of young Conall Quinn, ably assisted by his tutor Emmet Gill.
The concert line up gives just a flavour of the many types of instruments and musical learning programmes available to children and young people through the Music Generation Louth service.
Music Generation Louth 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.