Thursday 25 December 2014

May's school to rock with new talent

Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00

Singer Imelda May

IF THE walls of this old school could sing, they would probably reverberate with the sensational sound of Imelda May.

But now the songstress's alma mater will be filled with the fresh music of a new generation of pop stars.

In what may prove to be an inspirational move, the primary school where the Liberties Belle started her education is to become home to future generations of musical talent. Rock college BIMM has acquired St Brigid's Primary School, The Coombe, Dublin, to cater for the overwhelming demand for its courses.

As a young girl at St Brigid's, Imelda Mary Crabby, who adopted Imelda May as her professional name, was already marking herself out as a serious songstress.

Now BIMM is taking over the former convent school as a second premises, five minutes' walk from its Francis Street headquarters. The building will undergo a refurbishment before opening its doors to third-level students next September.

BIMM, which first opened in September 2011, offers a four-year modern music degree course through the CAO and is doubling the number of places from next September, from 150 to 300.

College manager Dara Kilkenny said over the past two years the level of talent applying for the course had been "incredible, and early indications are showing that this year will be the same".

Irish Independent

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