The day the music dominated
THOUSANDS of people took part in the first National Music Day yesterday with events around the country ranging from harpers on a Dublin bridge to an orchestral 'flash mob' in the centre of Limerick.
The series of shows was organised by Music Network and RTE Lyric FM and was aimed at getting people to take part in musical activity.
In Dublin, harpers from Cairde na Cruite (Friends of the Harp) gathered on the new Samuel Beckett Bridge for a lunchtime performance while later in the evening, there was a free traditional music show at the Button Factory in Temple Bar.
Meanwhile, busy shoppers were treated to the country's first ever orchestral 'flash mob' in Limerick when the Irish Chamber Orchestra played at the Brown Thomas store on O'Connell Street. Lunchtime shoppers were stopped in their tracks by an impromptu performance of Mozart's 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'.
RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta broadcast a live concert in Spiddal, Co Galway featuring more than 20 acts while West Cork Music hosted a free concert with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.
The Sligo New Music Festival opened with Gavin Bryars' 'The Sinking of The Titanic', performed by the Smith Quartet.