Schools tours - Steps to Music An extensive programme of performances was given in June in schools in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel and Castleisland to introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra. The visits and performances organised and funded by the School of Music reached nearly 2,000 children. As a follow up we are rolling out in cooperation with these same schools and low-cost introductory programme entitled Steps to Music whereby school-going children will have access to high quality group lessons for as low as €8 per lesson. In many cases the instrument will be provided by their school or by the School of Music.
Colour my Strings Steps to Music, Moyderwell Primary School: Organised by Moyderwell Primary school in conjunction with Kerry School of Music, this programme will see every senior infant child in Moyderwell Primary School provided with a beginner violin and taught general music and a violin lesson each week for a year. Based on the ground breaking Colourstrings method, the initiative is the brainchild of Vice-Principal Maire Jones. The programme begins on Tuesday, September 18th.
Kerry School of Music threw open its doors last Saturday, September 1st, from 10am to 1pm and invited families and members of the public to observe at first hand classes in progress in music, dance, music theatre and spoken arts conducted by the school's teachers and to enquire about and discuss all aspects of music and performing arts education. There were short performances by many of the School's performing ensembles including the Senior Orchestra, Wind Band, Traditional Ensemble and a host of talented solo musicians and singers who were also be happy to talk about their instruments and to give 'try-outs'.
This was the first open day for many years. And what a turnout there was.
A further round of open days takes place next Saturday from 10am to 12pm in Killarney (Holy Cross Primary, New Road), Castleisland (Scoil Aogáin, College Road) and Listowel (Scoil Realt na Maidine - Boy's Primary). Parents can enquire about the instruments and other classes organised by the School of Music in each of these towns.
So its 'open house' again at the Kerry School of Music next Saturday and all are welcome
FORMER STUDENTS' SUCCESSES:
The saying ' nothing succeeds like success' was never so true as in the case of some of the School's most distinguished former students. Former Student of the Year, Mezzo Soprano Paula Murrihy has been in Glyndebourne Festival for much of the summer covering the lead in Ravel's "L'Heure Espagnol" and two roles in "L'Enfant et les Sortilleges and is currently preparing Sesto in Handel's "Giulio Cesare" for a new production at Frankfurt Opera, opening December 2nd. Claire Doyle from Curraheen is currently singing Christine, the female lead in Phantom of the Opera in London's West End. Soprano Miriam Murphy, who visits and teaches regularly at the School, will shortly fulfil her life ambition when she sings the role of Isolde in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. Miriam who is now widely recognised as one of the world's outstanding Wagner Sopranos has previously covered the role in both Europe and America. This is a unique opportunity for music and opera fans in Kerry to see and appreciated the remarkable talent and achievement of one our own right here on our own doorstep. It is also a mark of the quality and vision of the School. We wish them all continued success.
ORCHESTRAS AND ENSEMBLES
For those who may not be aware, Kerry School of Music orchestras and ensembles of which there are many have an open membership policy. Performing groups are not limited to registered students. Any musician or singer may join the School's standing groups - Senior or Junior Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Childrens' Choir, Light Opera Society of Tralee (LOST), Seisiún group, Jazz/Swing/Wind Band, Strings and Things - provided they meet the specific criteria of each group.
Classes resume at all centres on Monday, September 17th. We wish all a happy and productive year ahead.