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Bunscoil Loreto pupils and finalists in the Waltons Music for Schools competition in the National Concert Hall with their school principal Aileeen Kennedy and teacher Therese Kehoe

Bunscoil Loreto pupils and finalists in the Waltons Music for Schools competition in the National Concert Hall with their school principal Aileeen Kennedy and teacher Therese Kehoe

Bunscoil Loreto pupils and finalists in the Waltons Music for Schools competition in the National Concert Hall with their school principal Aileeen Kennedy and teacher Therese Kehoe

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Gorey's Bunscoil Loreto primary school have been announced as one of six finalist school music groups selected in the national Waltons Music for Schools Competition which takes place on March 23 at the National Concert Hall.

Founded in 2012, the Waltons Music for Schools competition celebrates music in Irish schools and is supported by RTÉ Lyric FM.

There are twelve finalist school music groups to perform at the final, six primary and six secondary schools, and each group will take to the stage in front of their peers and two distinguished adjudicators, Kathleen Turner and John Spillane.

Schools from nineteen counties entered the competition this year, and Wexford's Danescastle National School were highly commended by the competition but unfortunately just missed out on a place in the final.

Schools were selected based on musicality, originality, inclusiveness and how effectively and creatively they addressed this year's theme, which was 'Where words fail, music speaks'.

Aileen Kennedy, Principal of Bunscoil Loreto said 'We are thrilled to have been selected to perform in the Finalist's Concert. Fitting with the theme of the competition this year, we took the journey of an asylum seeker and told their story through the medium of music. This links in with our quest to be recognised as a School of Sanctuary this year'.

Judges described the standard this year as very high, enormously impressed by the imagination, musicality and effort that went into each entry.

During the finals, there will be prizes for first, second and third place by category as well as awards of €2,000, €1,000 and €500 in vouchers to be used for musical instruments and equipment from Waltons Music.

The team wish to thank all performers, teachers, principals and schools who worked so hard to prepare themselves for the competition.

The entries of all finalists including Bunscoil Loreto primary school can be viewed on YouTube by searching 'Waltons Music Schools'.


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