Councillors sing from same hymn sheet on county choir
Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00
A new county youth choir is being developed.
In a 'duet' motion Cllr Jim Moore and Cllr Paddy Kavanagh made the suggestion, requesting the local authority, through its Arts department, to lead and engage with relevant interested parties to develop the choir offering primary and post primary students across Wexford the opportunity to represent the county at events across the country and locally.
Cllr Moore said: 'The motion is being presented in the form of a duet,' with Cllr Malcolm Byrne adding: 'It's the Fine Gael boy band.'
Cllr Moore said: 'This council has a history of supporting the arts. Five years ago when this council was in a far more difficult situation we held on to our arts budget and we have continued to value our art sector. It has been hugely successful at primary and secondary school level etc. Our school choirs have the opportunity to perform at the National Opera House.'
Cllr Paddy Kavanagh said the county does not 'shout loud enough' about its arts scene.
Cllr Kavanagh said: 'Here is a unique opportunity as we need to get the message out there.'
The motion was unanimously supported.
Sinn Fein Cllr Johnny Mythen called on the council to restore the cuts in arts council funding to Music for Wexford and similar organisations in Kilkenny and Wexford as the Three Sisters bid advances.
Cllr Moore agreed, saying Arts Council funding to Music for Wexford was slashed, adding that the group helps local individuals and to promote the county.