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MusicFest 2016 The Magic of Music

MusicFest 2016 'The Magic of Music'

The Education Authority held ‘MusicFest’ celebrations at the Millennium Forum, Derry, recently.  This year’s theme was ‘The Magic of Music’.  

Two workshops, attended by more than 1,700 primary school pupils, filled the Millennium Forum’s auditorium for the morning and afternoon sessions. 

A thirty piece Staff Orchestra, along with vocalists from the Musical Pathways to Learning team led Key Stage 2 pupils in well-known classics from the movies, including Disney favourites as well as themes and songs from Star Wars, Harry Potter and X Factor. The programme also featured music from the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ project, an exciting initiative for primary schools. It aims to open up the world of classical music to children and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces through music.

John Bergin, Deputy Head of EA Music Service, said: “The level of participation at the workshop sessions and the quality of all the performances at the evening concert was outstanding. I would like to pay tribute to the commitment and talents of all the young musicians, their teachers and music service staff.  The event was a real celebration of the value of music education and the key role it plays in the lives of all our young people.”

MusicFest, now celebrating its fourteenth consecutive year, brings together some of the most talented young musicians from local schools in an exciting celebration of music.  The evening concert involved more than 300 young musicians performing in string groups, bands, orchestras and choirs, which filled the Millennium Forum with a dazzling selection of music.

A wide variety of styles including classical, traditional and jazz, as well as some specially arranged and newly composed pieces, were performed as part of this annual showcase. The Senior Youth Orchestra performed the first movement from Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No 8 and the popular and rousing music from the Lord of the Danceprovided a fitting finale to the concert and a memorable day of wonderful music.


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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