Forpeaceproms anniversary concert
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.