For­pea­ce­proms an­niver­sary con­cert

The Argus - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Saint Fursey’s School has lit­er­ally been there from the start of the Peace Proms and will take part again in the cross border con­cert pro­gramme and be in­volved in the 21st an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The school choir, com­prised of some 35 boys and girls, will per­form at the con­cert in the RDS on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, con­tin­u­ing the ever pres­ence in­volve­ment of the school in the ini­tia­tive whereby schools from across the coun­try gain the op­por­tu­nity to per­form with the cross border orches­tra.

The op­tion is there for par­tic­i­pat­ing schools to per­form with the Orches­tra at con­certs in Dublin or Belfast, and Saint Fursey’s chose Dublin this year as it suits the school time ta­ble.

The con­certs com­prise or­ches­tral pieces by orches­tra, solo per­form­ers, dancers, pipers, and the school choirs join in in per­form­ing med­leys.

The con­certs are a means through mu­sic to cel­e­brate cul­ture and di­ver­sity and to pro­mote peace, unity and tol­er­ance, with the songs hand picked to get that mes­sage across.

That is the over­rid­ing theme, but the young par­tic­i­pants will also per­form with the orches­tra pop­u­lar and well known mu­sic from Dis­ney, from the mu­si­cal An­nie and by Michael Jack­son.

Deputy Prin­ci­pal, Mary Bren­nan who is choir mis­tress de­scribes the ex­pe­ri­ence as ‘won­der­ful to par­tic­i­pate in a large-scale event.’ A to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 60 choirs are in­volved, some 2,500 chil­dren per­form­ing at once.

There is quite a lot of prepa­ra­tion and re­hears­ing in­volved, mostly in school and the pupils also prac­tise at home. ‘All are very ex­cited about the whole prospect of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­cert, es­pe­cially the new mem­bers of the choir. It is won­der­ful for the chil­dren to per­form with a live orches­tra. It’s lovely for them to see the mu­si­cians live’, told Mary.

It is one of the me­mories that will live with them as they grow older, she points out.

The choir range in age from nine to 13 and com­prises se­nior pupils from third class up­wards. As the con­cert draws near the choir is in­vited to a work­shop, which was staged this week in Dublin, to help get them to a state of readi­ness for the big day.

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