Friday, April 15, 2011

Press piece from Clare Champion 14th April 2011

Scoli Chriost Ri Live at The Plaza for Love Live Music Day

 Bearing fiddles, whistles and accordions and with a willingness to entertain , a  group of 50 musicians set off on foot from Scoil Chriost Ri  Cloughleigh  to play at the outdoor auditorium  of the Temple Gate Plaza   on Friday .   The group included  David McMahon’s  4th class pupils , the Blazing Bows Ensemble  who were very excited as it was their first time to perform in public and also  their first joint venture with the Scoil Chriost Ri Band. The group have been learning violin as part of their school curriculum since September  as part of a new initiative at the school .

The event was one of several in County Clare marking Love Live Music Day, an initiative by National Music Network, a  celebration of all forms of music in Ireland through free nationwide music events which aims to promote access to live music for all regardless of location or circumstance and to encourage active participation in music events.
 The combined group  played a variety of  repertoire  including traditional Irish tunes, film themes and blues numbers. Mary Fagin  visiting from Co Meath was one of many onlookers who enjoyed the impromptu performance . 'Today was a great day to be in Ennis' she said.  As I stepped out of the Temple Gate  I was serenaded by this wonderful music. I particularly enjoyed the double bass’ she said .    

Ned  a regular busker here said ' They were great' I had serious competition today .  I think it is good that  they get a chance to  learn to play music at school.  Karen Vaughan director of the school band said she was delighted with the performance of her young musicians . ‘They are a very dedicated  and enthusiastic bunch to work with’ and it is encouraging  to see them engaging  with  their local community. 

Fionna Power, principal said she was very proud of her students and the musicians would soon be busy preparing for their next event , the Scoil Chriost Ri Intercultural day at the end of May.  Further information on the Blazing Bows music programme at the school can be found on

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to Siobhan Mulcahy for taking this great shot of our musicians