St Agnes' Summer Strings 202One
St Agnes’ CCMA’s Annual String Summer camp was a fantastic success. It took place on-line over a five day period from the 28th June and culminated with the annual end of year concert on the 2nd of July. Cormac O’hAodáin was the conductor.
This year's Summer String Camp was a camp with a difference in so many ways. Seven string players from St Agnes’ Community Late Starter Orchestra (LSO) played the repertoire. Musicians Cillian O’Breacháin, Aisling Drury Byrne and Shane Cavanagh also joined the group in the CCMA. The rehearsals were live-streamed to almost sixty players including to a player who zoomed in from New York. Players from Galway, Wicklow, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Donegal, Kildare, Meath also attended the rehearsals. Darby Carroll, bass player and sound engineer ensured the sound from the CCMA was perfect for all to hear.
There was an opportunity for Summer Camp participants and the wider community to zoom in and listen to topics related to music and the arts by attending the Explore Lunchtime Series.
On Monday from Switzerland Clíodhna Ní Aodáin gave an inspiring workshop, "Discover Your Own Inner Music". On Tuesday, not to be outdone, her brother Cormac gave us a history of his own professional instrument the horn, emphasising the historical background of the horn in Ireland, and concluding his talk with a live performance of the final Movement of Mozart's quintet for horn, violin, two violas and cello.
On Wednesday Denise Ní Dhuibhir, gave us an insight into the visual arts in the lifetime of one of the composers of the week, Ralph Vaughan Williams. She paid particular attention to Jack Butler Yeats, brother of the poet William Butler Yeats, and encouraged us all to go to the galleries and see some of the painting she discussed in the weeks ahead. On Thursday Cillian O’Breacháin, string tutor for the week, delivered an inspirational lecture accompanied by wonderful excerpts on the life and work of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and concluded his talk by performing part of Vaughan Williams' most famous work for solo violin, The Lark Ascending.
On Friday we were joined by Peter Whelan, artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, to give a talk with the intriguing title Mr Handel’s Adventures in Dublin.
Roll on next year!
Down to the Sea Again
The St Agnes' Community LSO and the St Agnes' Community Choir joined forces with Cór Chairlinne to present a gem of an online concert on Sunday May 30th at 8pm. Proceeds went to the RNLI North Louth Branch.
Conducted by Seamus Doyle
Choir directors: Clodagh O'Gorman and Jennifer Grundulis
Carnival of Orchestras
Carnival of Orchestras
A virtual music event with a difference took place on Sunday May 9th when more than 150 children aged 7 to 12 from nine orchestras played together-from-home in a music programme, accompanying prepared tracks on Zoom.
Their programme included two
movements of THE COVID SAGA, composed by Robert Mahon for his orchestra in Kiltra School of Music, arrangements of pieces by Haydn and Beethoven, a traditional Irish folk tune orchestrated by Seamus Doyle and a musical story of a girl and a tiger in the pandemic, narrated by Raphael Kelly.
Children from the different orchestras introduced elements in the programme and exchanged jokes with Smiler the Clown.
Pet photographs of the players pets and their drawings are also on view on the recording above.
A highlight of the programme was the introduction of one lucky pet from each orchestra to the audience Live on Zoom– these include a snake, a rabbit, a hen, a dwarf hamster, guinea pigs, a parrot, a tortoise, fish as well as beloved cats and a dog.
Taking part remotely are young musicians from
Accora Orchestra, Co Cavan,
Athenry Music School, Co Galway,
Budding Bows WIT Waterford, Kiltra School of Music, Co Wexford,
Music Generation Louth,
Sligo Academy of Music, Sligo,
St Agnes’ CCMA Junior Strings, Crumlin, Dublin,
St Peter’s School, Phibsboro, Dublin, and
The Staves Orchestra, Carlow College of Music, Co Carlow.
Free and all welcome.
A Thursday evening groups for play-readings, book discussion and poetry
Thur 7 th PLAY The Life of Galileo by Bertold Brecht
Thur 11th BOOK Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
Thur 18th PLAY The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge
Thur 25 th POETRY Poems-I-Love-About – SPRING
Thur 1 st EASTER BREAK
Thur 8 th PLAY Philadelphia, Here I Come! by Brian Friel
Thur 15th BOOK A Month in the Country by J L Carr
Thur 22nd PLAY The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Thur 29th POETRY Poems-I-Love-About – TREES
Thur 6th PLAY Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Thur 13th BOOK Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor
Thur 22nd PLAY The Silver Tassie by Sean O’Casey
Thur 29th POETRY Poems-I-Love-About – Friends
Thur 8 th PLAY A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Thur 15 th BOOK tbc April 15th by ……………………………..
Thur 22 nd PLAY The Shaughraun by Boucicault
Thur 29 th POETRY Poems-I-Love-About – LAKES AND MOUNTAINS
July 8 th play, July 15th book, July 22nd poetry. Aug 9 th play, Aug 16th book. Aug 23rd poetry