Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Sorcha Nic an tSionnaigh 5A1, a fuair áit i mbliana ar Cheolfhoireann Náisiúnta na Cuimhne. Seo a cuntas féin mar gheall ar an gCeolfhoireann agus an onóir a bhain le bheith páirteach i dtionsnamh dá léithéid:
“The Irish Memory Orchestra is a uniquely Irish Orchestra, founded by composer Dr. Dave Flynn in 2012. Based in Clare it features musicians,
drawn from all quarters of the world, who are skilled in either classical
music or traditional Irish music. The focus is on the presentation of Irish
traditional music, old and new, in contemporary orchestral settings. The 80
piece orchestra is the first and only one in the Western world to play
exclusively from memory. At the recent World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s brand new Memory Symphony at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral only the conductor, Bjorn Bantock, had sheet music in front of him. The rest of the orchestra committed the entire symphony (25 minutes) along with extracts from other works of his to memory.
I know this is absolutely the case as I was privileged to be selected to take
part in the 2017 Irish Memory Orchestra Apprentice Programme. The
month of October was spent at home learning and memorising the various
tunes that form the basis of the symphony. Once this task was complete it
was off for a “bootcamp” week in Athenry, Co. Galway along with the other apprentices, some of the twenty professional musicians involved (including
Dave Flynn and Mairtin O’ Connor), and the conductor, to work together on
the classical-style arranging of the music and bring it up to performance
standard. It was an incredible opportunity for us amateur musicians to
experience the level of intense preparation required for a professional
performance. It was hard work and the days were long but it was absolutely
enjoyable, playing beautiful music in a new and unique environment,
making new musical friends, renewing old friendships (Áine Humphries,
Maith tú, a Shorcha!
Comhghairdeas mór ó chroí lenár ngrúpa traidisiúnta, ‘Imreasc’, atá tar éis dul tríd go Craobhchomórtas Siansa Gael-Linn don dara bliain i ndiaidh a chéile! Roghnaíodh ocht mbanna traidisiúnta ón tír ar fad agus tá ár gceoltóirí féin ina measc – ábhar mór bróid gan aon agó. Beidh ócáid fhíorálainn againn ar an 2 Aibreán sa Cheoláras Náisiúnta agus guímid gach rath ar ár gceoltóirí iontacha. Buíochas ollmhór tuillte ag a meantóir agus múinteoir ceoil, ár n-iarscoláire – Deirdre Ní Mhaoláin.
Comhghairdeas le Ms. Colgan agus lenár gceoltóirí ar fad a ghlac páirt sa cheadal lóin álainn a bhí ag an Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Ollscoil Luimní ar an gCéadaoin seo caite. Bhain gach éinne a bhí i láthair sárt-thaitneamh as an gceolchoirm. Buíochas freisin le Mr. Trevor Selby a thug tionlacan is tacaíocht dúinn mar is gnáth dó.
Bhí oíche cheoil den scoth againn i Séipéal Naomh Iosaif tráthnóna Dé Sathairn nuair a tháining Cór LHC, Ceolfhoireann LHC agus Cór De La Salle College, Waterford le chéile do cheolchoirm mhór na bliana. Parents, staff, students and friends of Laurel Hill Coláiste, as well as families and friends from Waterford who travelled up for the occasion, were treated to an evening of musical delights. The programme was varied and moved from largescale classical choral and instrumental works such as The Hallelujah Chorus to smaller settings of chamber music and solo performances in a variety of styles. The choir was accompanied on both piano and organ by Mr. Trevor Selby. One of the highlights of the evening was the world première performance of the Ballet music from Trevor Selby’s newly-composed opera The secret Garden, by the orchestra. It was an honour and a privilege to have been given the opportunity to perform this beautiful work. Rapturous applause and a standing ovation to Trevor followed. Indeed, there was more than one surprise on the night as Dr. Richard Hayes, of the English Department here at LHC, surprised many of us with his superb solo performance of Winter, Fire and Snow and You Raise Me Up. Finally, it is fitting that the work and dedication of Br. Ben O’ Hanlon and Ms. Orla Colgan-Ahern, music teachers at De La Salle, Waterford and here at LHC be acknowledged. Ms. Colgan has given up countless hours of her free time,preparing the girls for Saturday’s performance, and we are indebted to her for her dedication, generosity of spirit and for the tremendous service she gives to music in our school and city. Gur fada buan í!
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