Young musicians in spotlight

CHRISTMAS carols lifted spirits in Listowel on Thursday as some of the finest singers and musicians in the region took to the stage in St John's in the Kerry School of Music's Christmas concert.

Scores of talented young musicians performed carols over the course of the night, as the music imparted that uniquely Christmas glow to a town already sparkling in seasonal lights and spirits.

One of the highlights was a goosebump-inducing rendition of O Holy Night performed by Kerry School of Music Student of the Year and Tarbert native Caitríona Fitzmaurice; who also duetted with her equally talented sister Máiréad in a reprise of their performance in Tarbert with the school earlier in the month.

"It went perfectly, in front of a full house, as our second-last concert of our Christmas carol series that has been ongoing since earlier in the month," Kerry School of Music Director Aidan O'Carroll said.

Listowel was one of the final performances by the school in a tour that kicked off in Tarbert and took in Tralee and Killarney as well as other centres.

The Kerry School of Music first established a permanent centre in Listowel over 20 years ago and is also operating in Abbeyfeale today – two centres from which the majority of Thursday night's performers were drawn.

In that time, the school has helped train and develop some of the finest musical talents in the region – a fact not lost on an audience that left St John's on Thursday both deeply moved and impressed.