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PHOTOS – The ICOs Sing out with Strings 2018 celebrates a decade with TEN

The Irish Chamber Orchestra programme Sing out with Strings 2018 is here to celebrate 10 long amazing years of music with showcase TEN! 

The ICOs Sing out with Strings 2018 celebrates a decade with TEN

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s long-established community engagement programme Sing out with Strings 2018 celebrated a decade of music with a showcase performance, TEN! on Wednesday 30 May at University Concert Hall.

300 children from Le Cheile N.S, St. Mary’s N.S, Thomond Community College and Coláiste Nano Nagle come together for TEN!, an unmissable celebration. The Sing Out With Strings 2018 show was a rollercoaster of music, creativity and fun also featured colourful artwork by the students, reflecting a decade of productivity.  A selection of genres were played by the young musicians including Classical, Rap, Blue Grass and Pop feature in an array of new songs and music composed by the children, especially for the occasion.  Thanks to funding from Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, the orchestra has expanded to a complete mini-chamber orchestra.

Members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra were joined by special guests, renowned rock-guitarist Dave Keary and master of percussion, Noel Eccles.  Music facilitator and tutor, Shirley Keane directed the innovative showcase.

Sing out with stings works to develop the strong musical ability, but with an added emphasis on the transferable skills that will help children in other areas of the curriculum and throughout their lives as they grow.  Through workshops, rehearsals and performances, children explore their abilities as musicians and gain that sense of joy and achievement that comes from working and playing together.

Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, sing out with strings 2018 provides free tuition in singing, songwriting, violin and cello to 300 children on a weekly basis throughout Limerick City. The purpose is to develop not only musical skills but key life skills using music as a tool for tangible social change.  The sing out with strings 2018 programme has enabled more than 750 children to learn to play orchestral instruments and perform publically over the past decade.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra 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.

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Pictures by Sophie Goodwin/ilovelimerick

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.