Michael Rooney leads the line- up for ‘ Spirit of Sligo’

MU­SIC EX­TRAV­A­GANZA IN JAN­UARY TO LAUNCH YEAR OF EURO­PEAN VOL­UN­TEER­ING CAP­I­TAL

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS - By JES­SICA FARRY

AWARD win­ning com­poser Michael Rooney will head­line the ‘ Spirit of Sligo’ mu­sic spec­tac­u­lar in Jan­uary.

The event takes place on Jan­uary 27 to launch Euro­pean Vol­un­teer­ing Cap­i­tal 2017.

Other artists fea­tur­ing at the event in­clude Kieran Quinn, Ni­amh Crow­ley, Sligo Gospel Choir and the ac­claimed Sligo Academy of Sin­foni­etta Or­ches­tra.

High­lights from Rooney’s rous­ing com­po­si­tions Famine, Bat­tle of the Books, De Cuel­lar and Ma­calla suites will be per­formed along­side a new ar­range­ment of his sem­i­nal Prince Charles Suite by tra­di­tional and clas­si­cal mu­si­cians.

Tick­ets priced € 10, are now on sale from www. evc­sligo. eu, from the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s Box Of­fice on 071 9161518 or in per­son at their re­cep­tion area.

There is also a spe­cial ticket of­fer for un­der 18s: EVC Sligo 2017 has teamed up with Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion Sligo to of­fer ‘ Go See’ half price tick­ets to chil­dren and un­der 18s.

The evening will also fea­ture the stories and voices of vol­un­teers — the des­ig­na­tion of Euro­pean Vol­un­teer­ing Cap­i­tal 2017 was be­stowed on Sligo ear­lier this month.

The EVC 2017 des­ig­na­tion is a coup for Sligo in that it fol­lows the ma­jor Euro­pean cities of Barcelona, Lis­bon and Lon­don in be­ing cho­sen to show­case vol­un­teer­ing and the pos­i­tive im­pacts that it has on lives across Europe.

Speak­ing about the con­cert, com­poser Michael Rooney said he was ‘ ex­cited and hon­oured’ to be asked to take part.

He added: “This is a huge hon­our for me. As a teacher of mu­sic and a vol­un­teer my­self, I am very proud to be tak­ing part in the ‘ Spirit of Sligo’ and greatly look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing.”

The Co. Mon­aghan na­tive now lives in Sligo where he has be­come part of the mu­si­cal and cul­tural bedrock of the re­gion.

Last week he was named as the 2017 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Com­poser of the Year, in recog­ni­tion for his mag­nif­i­cent mu­si­cal achieve­ments.

In a ci­ta­tion, the judges said Rooney had cre­ated an im­por­tant body of new mu­sic through his work as Direc­tor of the Na­tional Folk Or­ches­tra of Ire­land.

It added: “His deep knowl­edge of harp cul­ture within the liv­ing tra­di­tion means that he can draw on the iconic sta­tus of the in­stru­ment to act as a cre­ative cat­a­lyst in his com­po­si­tions which of­ten in­volve com­mu­nity mu­si­cians along­side es­tab­lished high- pro­file play­ers.”

Ciara Her­ity of Sligo Vol­un­teer Cen­tre said the ‘ Spirit of Sligo’ theme for the gala night was a cel­e­bra­tion of the many peo­ple who ev­ery year give to the com­mu­nity through vol­un­teerism.

“The gala night is about hon­our­ing those peo­ple and fos­ter­ing the strong sense of vol­un­teerism I in Sligo. The won­der­ful mu­sic and vol­un­teer stories on the night prom­ise to make ‘ Spirit of Sligo’ an event to be proud of.”

Ciaran Hayes, CEO of Sligo County Coun­cil said the ‘ Spirit of Sligo’ gala event was a won­der­ful ‘ not to be missed’ show.

Com­poser Michael Rooney, who was last week ac­counced as TG4’ s 2017 Com­poser of The Year.

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