The Education Authority’s (EA) Music Service held its annual prize night to celebrate the effort, progress and musical achievements of young musicians from Derry~Londonderry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Strabane and Omagh, at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, recently.
This well-established event in the music service calendar gives the EA the opportunity to celebrate and recognise the endeavours and achievements of all young musicians in the area. Awards were presented to over 30 high achieving exam pupils and to ‘most improved’ musicians from the past academic year; boosting confidence and ambition for all pupils taking part.
Throughout the evening young people with a passion for music at various stages of musical development took to the stage to perform using a wide range of musical instruments. Senior school musicians performed a specially arranged repertoire displaying exemplary levels of musicianship and technical virtuosity.
The Omagh Junior and Intermediate wind bands and Junior String orchestra gave outstanding performances to a packed theatre with classics such as ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey and ‘The Magnificent Seven’.
The evening was presented by John Bergin EA Music Service who thanked parents and guardians for all their support throughout the year and praised the youth orchestras for high attendance and the exceptional achievement of many of its participants.
The Omagh Folk-Traditional group successfully concluded the concert with an enthusiastic medley of Scottish and Irish jigs-reels to give the evening a rousing finale.