ST. THOMAS’ school hall rang with beautiful classical music last Thursday, during performances by the talented pupils of the Bray Music Centre.
The musicians, aged between just five and over 60, were cheered by a huge audience of family and friends, who were all very proud to hear the fine results of hours of practice.
‘ The performance was very good and extremely well attended,’ said Artemis Kent of the music centre. There were 30 very young performers, dressed up for the evening, and 60 altogether.
The children and adults taking the stage all enjoyed the experience, said Artemis.
She added that while there were certainly some pre-performance jitters, all the acts were brilliant and the audience members moved by the high standard of talent in the room.
While the music centre does not always put on a Christmas show, Artemis said that she and the staff felt it would be fitting to celebrate music and the arts at a time when cutbacks are on the minds of people everywhere.
While Bray Music Centre is expected to be self-funding, the VEC has helped out significantly with many of their expenses over the years, something that Artemis said is now going to have to end. ‘ The fees we charge really only pay the teachers,’ she said. ‘We have absolutely no budget so will have to tighten our belts somehow!’
She added that they will be looking in to fundraising ideas for the new year.
Narrator Lily Kate Hearns at the concert.
Aoife Kelly, Emmanuel Isiaic and Karen Megannety in their full costumes.
The junior performers in their full costumes at the Bray Music Centre Christmas Concert in St Thomas’s.
Joseph played by Ben Sweeney.
Sarah Kelly was one of the wise men.
Ray McHallem at the Christmas Concert.
Rhiannon Healy De La Cruz on stage.
The Grumpy Sheep played by Katie Maye.