Can­celled mu­sic fes­ti­val will be held next month

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

SOUTH Wick­low will fi­nally be ring­ing with the sound of mu­sic as the 49th Ark­low Mu­sic Fes­ti­val gets un­der way on April 21.

The fes­ti­val had orig­i­nally been due to be­gin on March 3 but or­gan­is­ers were forced to can­cel it be­cause of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.

The fes­ti­val pro­gramme will keep to the same day to day sched­ule as the post­poned fes­ti­val and the fes­ti­val pro­grammes are also still valid al­though lo­cal shops will have an ad­di­tional in­sert with the re­vised dates. These in­serts will also be handed out dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the fes­ti­val will take place in St Mary’s Col­lege Hall on Sun­day, April 22, at 3 p.m., with mem­bers of the Hud­son fam­ily from the Ark­low Bay per­form­ing the open­ing.

The Ark­low Bay Ho­tel is the fes­ti­val’s main spon­sor this year, spon­sor­ing the Grand Pianos 2018 for St Mary’s Col­lege Hall and Arus Lor­cain. They are also spon­sor­ing com­pe­ti­tion no 44 for Adult Choirs.

All venues are the same as last year and in­clude St Mary’s Col­lege Hall, Arus Lor­cain, the Marl­bor­ough Hall, the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel and the Chris­tian Brothers School. School drama, orches­tra and school and adult choirs com­pe­ti­tions will take place in St Mary’s Col­lege Hall while male and fe­male mono­logue, pi­ano, vi­o­lin and string com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing wood­wind and brass will take place in Arus Lor­cain.

The Marl­bor­ough Hall will cater for ju­nior choirs, youth choirs, sa­cred mu­sic and verse speak­ing for girls and boys age five to 14 years.

The Ark­low Bay Ho­tel will host the ac­tion songs, verse speak­ing and ac­tion po­ems com­pe­ti­tions and the CBS will have all the Dan Gaeilge com­pe­ti­tions on both Sun­days.

As part of fes­ti­val week, Ark­low and District Cham­ber of Com­merce is once again spon­sor­ing the award for the ‘Best dressed win­dow dis­play’ in a mu­si­cal theme. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the Prize Win­ners Con­cert on Sun­day, April 29.

The pro­gramme of com­pe­ti­tions is avail­able on www. ark­low­mu­sicfes­ti­ and on Face­book. For more de­tails email ark­lowcfs@hot­ or of­fice@ark­low­mu­sicfes­ti­, call into the of­fice on 61/63 Main Street, Ark­low, or ring 0402 32732.

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