Fairytale frolic in time with a new beat
It was serious business as well as frolics when children from the Dolphin House Homework Club in Dublin's Rialto brought their music to the National Concert Hall with a performance last night in the Kevin Barry room.
The children, aged 9 to 13, composed and played the piece entitled 'The Power of Music' based on an Irish fairytale written by Sinead de Valera.
It tells the story of a prince and musician friends who planned to infiltrate the court of a beautiful princess by performing at a ball in the castle. They played a dancing tune, a laughing tune and then a lullaby to make her parents and guests go to sleep, giving the prince and princess the opportunity to get to know one another.
"My favourite part is the funny song," said Lydia Lynam (13) from Rialto, admitting she found it hard not to laugh at the lyrics during the rehearsal.
Chloe Hendrix (12) said it wasn't hard to write the music "once you get into it" -- they all grabbed an instrument, worked out a beat and put words together, coming up with a song, she said. "It was great fun."
They worked on the music every Thursday evening after their homework. "We were tired after school but you have to take it serious," said Lydia.
Elaine Agnew, musician and co-composer, has been working with the Rialto children for the past five years on the Common Ground's Music for Me programme. She said she couldn't believe the children's creativity when they approached this latest project.
"I've worked with these children for five years and there was something about this fairy story that unlocked a creativity that was previously unseen," she said.