Saturday 20 January 2018

Talented students play their heart out

TALENTED STUDENTS from a Donabate music school performed their hearts out at an end of year concert in the area.

Some 50 students from Ceol Draiochta School of Music brought the house down when they staged their show at the Waterside Hotel. The students are put through their paces, mainly in piano and vocal training, every week, and the year concludes with a concert for the parents at the . Their teacher is Kim Fallen Bailey , who graduated in 2007 from Trinity with a Bachelor of Music Education Degree and set up my own school in Donabate as there were no jobs in any schools.

There was a huge range of material from Beethoven's Fur Elise, to the more contemporary Einualdi ' i giorni' to Adele and One Direction! And of course there were the old reliable's - Rudolph and Silent Night! The youngest performer was aged just five while the eldest was 20, with every age in between. Kim was greatly supported by the students and their families but also by the Waterside hotel, Thornton's Piano Shop and Jessie Bakes Cakes, who made a grand piano shaped cake for the raffle prize.

Six of Kim's students won High Achiever Award for achieving 100% in their Music Theory examination at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and they were presented with their medals at the end of the concert. The recipients were Eimear Noonan, Helen Burke, Eden Milne, Sarah Oliver, Emer Green and Adam White. Three of the students, Sophia Moroney, Laura Shields and Ellen O'Rourke, who attend the local Donabate Community College, are performing in the EPTA Piano Festival in the National Concert Hall in February.

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