Music Generation Kilkenny

SING OUT Choir with conductor Clare Kilkenny, Musician Educator

‘Sing Out’ concert a sold-out success!

21st December 2022 – The Music Generation Kilkenny SING OUT concert, which took place in St Canice’s Cathedral on Monday the 19th of December, was a sold-out success.

Young musicians from Music Generation Kilkenny gave a 90-minute performance of pure musical joy and sent the audience home with all of the warmth and joy of Christmas. Those lucky enough to get tickets were treated to a string performance by young musicians from the Kilkenny School Project strings programme under Music Generation Kilkenny’s musician educator Carl Rochford. Dazzling the audience with their vocals were Mikey, Jessica, Clare, Tara, Julieann and Enya, young singers from the Creative Music Space, in a selection of festive songs including Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Prince of Peace and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

200 children from CBS primary, Gaelscoil Osraí, and St. John of God primary took to the stage in the second half of the concert. After six weeks of preparation, in their own classrooms, those individual schools came together on stage in St Canice’s Cathedral on Monday evening and delivered a heart-warming performance – and received a standing ovation for their efforts.

The Dean of St. Canice’s Cathedral, the Reverend Stephen Farrell gave a warm welcome to everyone, and the concert was also attended by KCETB Chief Executive Eileen Curtis, Kilkenny County Council Arts Officer Mary Butler and Music Generation Ireland National Director Rosaleen Molloy who made a special trip from Dublin to watch the performance.

Rosaleen Molloy praised the young music makers, describing their performance as “a real musical treat – emotive, meaningful, authentic and brilliant”.

Music Generation Kilkenny is part of Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local music education partnerships. The programme seeks to transform the lives of children and young people up to 18 years by creating access to high-quality, affordable music tuition in their localities. Locally, the programme is led by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB), in partnership with Kilkenny County Council.

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