In true Christmas spirit, the Education Authority’s Music Service Youth Orchestras have kicked off the festive season with special one hour concerts in Omagh (Strule Arts Centre, Wednesday 30 November at 7.00 pm); Derry (Waterside Theatre, Thursday 1 December at 7.00 pm); Strabane (Alley Theatre, Friday 2 December at 6.30 pm) and Enniskillen (St Michael’s College, Tuesday 6 December at 6.30 pm).
The talented young musicians will perform a number of traditional Christmas carols including ‘Silent Night’, the classic ‘Rondosauras’ and modern film hits such as ‘Let it Go’. The performances are a great way to introduce young people to the world of classical and traditional music – and the perfect way to spread the Christmas cheer.
EA’s Senior Youth Orchestra will be joined by the Intermediate Wind Bands and String Orchestras, Percussion Ensembles, Junior Strings and Wind Ensembles and Folk and Chamber groups, to celebrate their musical talent and achievements.
John Bergin, EA Deputy Head of Music Service, said: “Christmas is such a special time for all children and there’s no better way to get into the real spirit of the season than through the wonderful music played at this time of year.”
He added: “Music Service staff spend months preparing the young people involved to ensure they are ready to perform to their usual high standards. It is rewarding for all the family to finally hear the sounds of the full orchestra or band, having perhaps only heard a single line being practised at home.”