Centenary celebrations get off on right note

By Esther Hayden

Published 15/01/2016 | 00:00

Singers, Joanne Smith, Chara Mc Donald and Grace O' Brien, students of Gorey Community School.
Singers, Joanne Smith, Chara Mc Donald and Grace O' Brien, students of Gorey Community School.
Singers, Ciara Nolan, Annie Molloy and Emily Kavanagh, Loreto Primary School, Gorey.
Singers, Chloe Walsh, Aine O' Leary and Ciara Kavanagh, of Presentation Wexford.
Council Chairman Tony Dempsey, Cllr. Keith Doyle and Enniscorthy District Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh.
Serena Casey, Eve Mc Cormack and Paige Mitchell.
Eileen Morrissey and Sinead O' Gorman, Wexford Library and Arts Service.
Singers, Ciara Callinane, Amy Richards and Ceris Brown, from Loreto Wexford.
Roisin Dempsey, Bishop Denis Brennan and Lorna Mahon.
Ceris Brown, Kate Bone, Caoimhe Duggan and Emmeline Turley of Wexford School of Music.
Wexford County Council presents, 'Cherish the Children' New Years Day concert at, St. Aidan's Cathedral.
Composer and conductor, Liam Bates.
County Council chairman Tony Dempsey addresses the congregation.

A wonderful evening of music kickstarted the New Year and the centenary of 1916 in Enniscorthy last week.

The 'Cherish the Children' concert saw the start of the county's 1916 commemorative programme hit all the right notes with the debut of a newly composed piece of music.

Composer Liam Bates was commissioned by Wexford County Council to write a piece of music to commemorate 1916 taking his inspiration from the passage of the 1916 Proclamation 'cherishing all children of the nation equally'.

The newly composed choral piece called 'Child of Creation' celebrates the spirit and wonder of childhood in 2016. Children from Gaelscoil Charman (Wexford); Scoil Naomh Maodhóg (Ferns); Bunscoil Loreto (Gorey); Presentation (Wexford); Gorey Community School; and County Wexford School of Music accompanied by the renowned Music Ireland orchestra performed Liam's piece and also a new piece from Sue Furlong.

Colm Tierney of Scoil Naomh Maodhog said it had been a fantastic night. 'It was wonderful. It was a great opportunity for the children too because they got to perform with a orchestra. It was very special for them and their families. Everyone who attended was buzzing after it. The cathedral was packed and the newly composed pieces by Liam and Sue were very apt. It was very inspiring for the children taking part. As well as the newly composed pieces they sang a number of other songs in Irish and English.

'Bishop Denis Brennan said it was a fantastic night and it was great to see the links between the students, music and the arts.'

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