School joined in LCMS festival
Louth Contemporary Music Society's recent Book of Hours Music Festival in Dundalk included a very special outreach dimension as part of its programme this year.
A group of 30 string players and singers from St Malachy's Girls' School joined the festival musicians on stage for a special arrangement of the seminal piece Jesus Blood as part of the final festival concert on Saturday evening. The ensemble also included composer Gavin Bryars who had made a special arrangement for the Festival to include the young string players and singers. This special project was arranged in collaboration with Music Generation Louth. The children were treated to two days of workshops in school led by festival musician Kathie Prince and Music Generation Louth musicians Niamh O'Hanlon and Anne Marie McGahon. Composer Gavin Bryars also popped into school one afternoon to rehearse with the group, joining in on double bass.
The children loved every minute of the experience from the workshops in school to pre performance pizza to the buzz of the concert itself.
Performing to a packed St Nicholas Church, audience members were deeply moved by the performance, showing their appreciation by giving the young musicians and singers a standing ovation.