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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Orchestral manoeuveres in the 'Park'

It's not every day you get to conduct a professional orchestra when you go to school.

That was the experience of pupils in Kennedy Park primary school last week when the Wexford Festival Orchestra came to visit.

The orchestra held two days of interactive music workshops coinciding with the school's annual Arts Week during the Opera Festival.

To add to the excitement, RTE arrived to film one of the workshops for a television report which was broadcast on Wednesday night.

The musicians who have performed all over the world, talked about the various instruments within an orchestra and played the trumpet, violin, tuba and drums individually as the children clapped and tapped to the music.

The orchestra members entertained with a mixture of orchestral and traditional Irish pieces and pupils Darragh Moran and Casey Farrell Walsh were invited to conduct.

Theme tunes from The Simpsons and the James Bond movie Skyfall were favourites with the children.

RTE's south east correspondent Damien Tiernan interviewed members of the orchestra and also talked to pupils Dawn Cullen and Aaron Dempsey about their experience.

This was Kennedy Park's first time to host the Festival Orchestra as part of a general music in schools progamme called 'The Rhythm of Life' which is fostered by the Opera Festival.

'All the children really enjoyed it. It was a great experience,' said the school's arts co-ordinator Olivia Sweeney.

Wexford People

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