St Agnes’ CCMA Covid-19 plan
Immediately following the Government announcement that the schools were closing, the CCMA implemented a plan to keep the various elements of the community connected.
‘Sectional’ WhatsApp groups were initiated on March 10th and by May 24th 218 members were using the CCMA WhatsApp facility daily with 2,155 interactions in first violin group and 13,563 interactions in all CCMA WhatsApp groups. These interactions are a mixture of chat, visual jokes/ photos/videos and information about other interesting items on the internet.
George Keenan, a member of the viola section, put his lock down time to good use and started to build a viola Check out the photos
Weekly Quiz on WhatsApp
Over 60 people actively participate in the weekly Thursday night quiz and a great many more take part passively, in that they don't join a team but they watch questions and later answers appear on their screen.
Participants observe the interjections on WhatsApp from people who are not on a team. One person has told us that he saves all the questions and does the quiz himself the following morning, checking the answers when he has finished.
Zoom Classes for RIAM candidates
Zoom Classes for children from Scoil Úna Naofa, and the Teenage Chamber Orchestra members were organised to facilitate the completion of the RIAM Grade Exam curriculum. Twenty two primary and secondary school students have had ZOOM lessons individually from March to May. The initiatives have given some small amount of employment to professional musicians who are among the hardest hit workers in the economy.
Zoom Orchestra Sectionals and Zoom class for adult beginners
Zoom classes have been available since the 22nd of April. Each Section - violin/viola/cello and double bass - participate in a weekly lesson. An average of 90 have participated with learners link in from Belgium and Texas. The Zoom Sectionals will continue during the summer.
The lessons are deliverd by Shane Cavanagh, Naoise Dack, Seamus Doyle, Nicole Hudson and Cillian Ó Breacáin
One-to-one contact was made to those who did not use Zoom before and assistance was provided to enable Download and practice sessions.
‘Sing a song with Jennifer’ campaign.
Singing is good for the soul. The CCMA initiated a Sing a Song campaign with Jennifer’. Jennifer Grundulis, who is an active member of the St. Agnes' Musical Society, performs sings and records popular songs which are then overlaid with the words of the song to assist people in singing along with Jennifer. The YouTube link is distributed via WhatsApp, and emailed to all CCMA members. Average 196 weekly viewsYou can click the links below to access the songs.
- I will Survive
- I Can’t Help falling in Love
- This is me
- Blowin' in the wind
- Country Roads
- I have a Dream
- Teddy Bear’s Picnic
- What a wonderful World
- Waltzing Matilda
- Que Sera Sera
The St. Agnes' Summer Camp moved on line this year. It is a three week camp under the direction of violinist Ciara Cavanagh. Young learner musicians come together to learn and have fun with Ciara and Shane Cavanagh who teaches cello
St. Agnes' Community Choir
There was a Zoom choir event on Friday 29th of May at 6:30 pm to test its viability. It is hoped that those interested will join in. Jennifer Grundulis will lead with the songs already provided on the St Agnes’ CCMA YouTube Channel and other songs
Memory Lane Choir
Memory Lane Choir meets weekly with Choir Director Gerry Noonan
The Musical society is now staging weekly live readings of plays on Zoom that will continue during the summer. The Play reading include:
- 2020 April 28th The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
- 2020 May 5th Twelve Angry Men Reginald Rose
- 2020 May 12th Our Town Thornton Wilder
- 2020 May 19th Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
- 2020 May 26th Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
- 2020 June 2nd The Government Inspector Nikolai Gogol
- 2020 June 9th The Norman Conquests I Table Manners Alan Ayckbourn
- 2020 June 16th The Norman Conquests II Living Together Alan Ayckbourn
- 2020 June 23rd The Norman Conquests I Round and Round the Garden Alan Ayckbourn
- 2020 June 30th The Servant of Two Masters Goldoni
- 2020 July 7th The School for Scandal Richard Brinsley Sheridan
- 2020 July 14th Juno and the Paycock Sean O’Casey
Zoom Community Music Classes
There are two Piano Keyboard, harp and concertina classes for those who attend the CCMA.
Thanks to Yvonne Chilton, Anne Tuite and Tina Murphy
A Christmas Concert Steering committee has met with a view to organising an online Christmas concert.