Irish Chamber Orchestra Sing Out with Strings. Niamh Toner, Leona Purcell, Sophie Dillon, Jasmine O’Carroll Dillon, Alannah Purcell, Clara Dillon, Katelynn Naughton, Uzoma Obi Kabi and Buki Adejomehin
Irish Chamber Orchestra Sing Out With Strings pupils perform with Nicola Benedetti
This month, nine pupils from the Irish Chamber Orchestra Sing Out with Strings programme embark on the adventure of a lifetime, representing Ireland, at the Sistema European Youth Orchestra Residency 2018, (17-28 August) in the UK. This residency brings two hundred 10-21-year-old musicians and 50 teachers from Sistema music programmes in 15 countries to London and Birmingham, celebrating the power of music to unite nations, cultures and young people. The girls will join other aspiring young musicians from many nations to form a Youth Symphony Orchestra, rehearsing and performing together, tutored by some of the world’s top professional musicians.
With a strong emphasis on leadership, friendship and creativity, these young musicians will participate in planning, running and exchanging ideas for events, including a ‘Youth Takeover” of London’s Southbank Centre to include pop-up music making and flash-mobs.
The nine Limerick participants studied at Le Cheile N.S., Presentation N.S. and are now attending Coláiste Nano Nagle continuing their music studies through generous scholarship schemes and school funding. Patronage from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Michael Buckley and Northern Trust scholarship funds, Music Capital Scheme, The Arts Council, The Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Music Network, the JP McManus Foundation, Sistema Europe Foundation and Coláiste Nano Nagle has enabled this inspirational residency.
The 10-day course culminates in performances at two of the UK’s most prestigious venues, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Southbank, London. Star violinist and music education champion, Nicola Benedetti, will join the Youth Orchestra to perform the riveting final movement of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto, written especially for her.
“Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is thrilled to welcome young musicians and teachers from Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra 2018 to Birmingham to make music together in our new state-of-the-art Conservatoire building. This magnificent and extraordinary international cultural collaboration proves once again that music has no barriers of language or politics, and we are proud to join forces with Symphony Hall in August to give a platform to this unique orchestra that will represent the vital Sistema movement in Europe.” Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Founder of Sistema England.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out with Strings initiative provides weekly workshops in singing, songwriting and violin and cello tuition to 300 Limerick city children annually. Irish Chamber Orchestra Sing Out with Strings began in its pilot stage with 60 children in Galvone National School in 2008 as an Irish Chamber Orchestra community engagement programme and has since gained a significant position within the musical fabric of primary music provision in Limerick’s regeneration process. This project has worked with over 1,500 children across RAPID Areas of Limerick City, addressing inclusion, equality of access. Sing Out highlights the numerous benefits that a long-term project of this nature has on children, staff, parents and the wider community.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra is one of Europe’s finest orchestras and is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. It is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
The nine recipients of this residency are Niamh Toner, Leona Purcell, Sophie Dillon, Jasmine O’Carroll Dillon, Alannah Purcell, Clara Dillon, Katelynn Naughton, Uzoma Obi Kabi and Buki Adejomehin.
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