WELB Music Service - Music Notes Welcome
Welcome to our current edition of Music Notes, the WELB Music Service newsletter. The wonderful events and activities showcased here reflect some of the successes of our talented young musicians. There are currently more than 13,000 pupils involved in weekly music-making activities with the Music Service. Our pupils are involved in many musical events and we will let you know where you can hear them perform. Please encourage and support them whenever possible.
The Strule Arts Centre in the heart of Omagh was a hive of activity on Culture Night in September 2014 with a variety of entertainment celebrating our wide and diverse cultures. The evening proved a great success with our WELB pupils performing alongside many other artists including Hungarian, Irish and Scottish Dancers, RSPBANI Young Pipers along with traditional Celtic Folk Band Camhanach, Omagh Protestant Boys Melody Flute. The evening also included Short Film Screenings, Art Workshops, BBQ, face painting and balloon modelling.
FLive Fermanagh Live Festival WELB students were involved in the launch of the recent FLive festival. Some 180 primary and post-primary string pupils took part in masterclasses with the internationally-renowned Benyounes Quartet, regarded as one of the most engaging, dynamic and exciting young quartets to have emerged in recent years. The Music Service is particularly proud of the fact that one of our past-pupils, Kim Vaughan, is the cellist with the Benyounes. Pupils were guided through a selection of pieces and various aspects of stringplaying fundamentals in preparation for the evening’s public performance. The audience was entertained by beautiful string sounds in a programme of popular music as well as some virtuoso playing from the Benyounes Quartet.
Members of Omagh Junior wind band,Intermediate wind band and Folk/Traditional group who performed at Culture Night in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh with their conductor, Mrs Aislinn Hughes and Instrumental tutor Mr Chris Wright Our young musicians from the WELB Youth Orchestra & the Fermanagh Intermediate Orchestra performing with the Benyounes Quartet at the FLive Festival. They received a standing ovation!
The Benyounes String Quartet in concert surrounded by strings from the Fermanagh Junior String Orchestra.
Issue 3 Live Music Concerts
In September 2014 the Music Service Staff Orchestra performed a series of Live Music Concerts in Derry, Omagh and Enniskillen for our new pupils and their families. The concerts provided an opportunity for hundreds of young people to experience the excitement of a live orchestra. The orchestra performed a wide selection of pieces interwoven with a children’s story of musical curiosity and exploration. It was not just the audience who were delighted by their concert experience. The music teachers found it rewarding too.
Dates for your Diary We have an incredible array of musical performances this Christmas from all our ensembles.
Irish Horn Day
Groups performing; Preparatory & Junior String Orchestra, Primary school Brass band, Intermediate String Orchestra & Portora Royal GS Brass Band
Some of our WELB pupils will be participating in a jam packed day of French Horn fun on Sunday 5 October in Belfast. The day is open to all French Horn players of all abilities in Ireland, both North & South to create a unique Irish Horn Sound. The event will take place at the City of Belfast School of Music and features the Horn sections of the Ulster Orchestra and members from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. This is sure to be a fantastic day out. Parents Evenings 2014-15
Derry Thursday 27 November at 7.00 pm Waterside Theatre and Arts Centre Groups performing; Preparatory & Junior String Orchestra, Junior Windband, Intermediate Windband & Jazz Band Fermanagh Tuesday 2 December at 7.00 pm St Fanchea’s College, Enniskillen
Omagh Monday 8 December at 7.00 pm Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Groups performing; Preparatory & Junior String Orchestra, Junior Windband & Castlederg Primary School Band & Intermediate Windband
Limavady Wednesday 10 December at 7.00 pm Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
Fermanagh Wednesday 5 November 5.00 pm 7.00 pm Enniskillen Model PS
Groups performing; Preparatory & Junior String Orchestra, Junior Windband & Flute Choir
Derry/Limavady Monday 10 November 5.00 pm 6.00 pm (Primary pupils) 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (Post-Primary pupils) Derry Music Centre, NWTC
Strabane Friday 5 December at 7.30 pm Strabane Academy (Derry road site)
Omagh Wednesday 12 November 5.00 pm 7.00 pm Omagh Music Centre, TEC Strabane Thursday 13 November 5.00 pm 7.00 pm St Mary’s PS (senior site)
Music Notes - Issue 3
Groups performing; Preparatory & Junior String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra & Percussion group WELB Youth Orchestra Friday 5 December at 7.00 pm Alley Theatre, Strabane Groups performing; Youth Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra & Percussion group
Issue 3 WELB Youth Orchestra Summer School Residential The University of Limerick invited the WELB Youth Orchestra to return for a residential course at the Irish Chamber Orchestra Campus from 25-30 June 2014. The Senior Youth Orchestra comprises approximately 100 musicians drawn from schools throughout the Western Board area. The Youth Orchestra residential coincided with the Blas International Summer School for Irish Traditional music. The campus was abuzz with musicians and music. Our students attended workshops and performances delivered by renowned performers and exponents of folk music including the great Steve Cooney and Eileen O’Brien. After 5 days of intensive rehearsal, the Youth Orchestra played two concerts including one in the historic th 12 century Limerick Cathedral and a return-home concert in Enniskillen. The audiences enjoyed first class performances of a diverse and challenging programme featuring LArlésienne Suites 1 & 2 by Bizet and the Waltz from “Masquerade” by Khachaturian. Lighter pieces included the Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore and favourite themes from 007. As in previous years, a traditional group, comprising members of the orchestra, played a selection of Irish and Scottish music. Both performances received standing ovations!
Derry Summer School The North West Teachers’ Centre was the venue for our Derry Summer School running from 1 – 3 July 2014 culminating with a performance at the Playtrail venue. The Playtrail is a unique outdoor play and educational facility located within the grounds of Belmont House and Foyle View Special Schools. It offered a sense of occasion with a friendly and family-orientated atmosphere. The impressive performance from our young musicians was the icing on the cake!
Summer Schools Photo Gallery
Omagh Summer School Omagh Academy GS was the venue for our Omagh Summer School running from 1 – 3 July 2014. 80 young musicians joined together to explore music for Wind Band and String Orchestra. Both groups joined together to perform the Gershwin classic, Summertime, and the famous Batman theme. The young musician provided a rousing finale to a wonderful concert in front of very proud parents and families.
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Issue 3 Award Winners 2014 Congratulations to all our award winners and highest achievers 2014.
Graded Examination Awards Grade 1 Eimear Callan Dearbhla McNamee Grade 2 Tyler Buchanan Sophia Drumm Rebecca Egerton Sarah Henderson Grade 3 Orla Dolan Jenny Greenwood William John Graham
WELB Music Service Prize Winners receive awards for outstanding achievement and commitment from Mr Dónal Doherty, Head of Music Services WELB/SELB: Pictured (l-r) Aine Corry, Olive Quick String Trophy (Strings); Dervla Guckian, Overall Winner Alfie Bell Shield (Cello); Blaithin Kerr, Nicola Doherty Memorial Trophy for Woodwind (oboe); Conan Cunningham, Certificate for Outstanding Commitment (Violin; Mr John Bergin, Deputy Head of Service Missing from the photograph are; John Kerr, Harry Gault Memorial Trophy for Brass (Trumpet), Dearbhla Gavin Certificate for Outstanding Commitment (Cello); Paul Hassan, Certificate for Outstanding Commitment (Clarinet);
Soloists who performed at the annual Prize Night Andrew Ross (clarinet), Bláithín Kerr (oboe), Lucy Mills (trombone), Tyler Buchanan (euphonium) and Rhiannon Darragh (violin) photographed with Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, Dónal Doherty, Head of Music and Marie Batchelor, Accompanist
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Grade 4 Amy Clements Angel Delos Santos Seán McElroy Ciara Tuffy
Grade 6 David Donnelly Rebecca Downey Patrick McCrystal Scott McIvor Andrew Ross Grade 7 Rebecca Doherty Gráinne Kennedy Páraic Love Grade 8 Tiarnán Heaney Laura Kennedy Bláithín Kerr Conor MacBride Rebecca McMonagle Hannah McCosker Lucy Mills
Strabane award winner Eimear Callan with Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, and Janet Cooke, Area Co-ordinator
Grade 5 Áine Cullen Katharine O’Donnell
Omagh award winners with Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, Dónal Doherty, Head of Music John Bergin, Deputy Head of Music and Janet Cooke, Area Co-ordinator
Fermanagh award winners with Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, Dónal Doherty, Head of Music and Simon O’Hare, Area Co-ordinator
Derry/Limavady award winners with Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, Dónal Doherty, Head of Music Anne Bergin, Deputy Head of Music and Naoimh Simpson, Area Co-ordinator