Laois School of Music celebrates decade in style

THE Laois School of Music celebrated their 10th birthday with a gala concert in the Dunamaise Arts Centre last weekend with a concert that featured the school’s present pupils, as well as performances from teachers and some past pupils.

THE Laois School of Music celebrated their 10th birthday with a gala concert in the Dunamaise Arts Centre last weekend with a concert that featured the school’s present pupils, as well as performances from teachers and some past pupils.

Director of the School of Music, Nuala Kelly was delighted with the event.

“We had a great crowd on the night, nearly a full house. We had four past pupils perform and all are studying music at 3rd level. There is a great scene of musicians built up here over the past ten years. On the night we also had some very nice messages from people congratulating us,” she said.

The tutors from the School of Music performed throughout the concert, and were very well received by the audience.

“We had four different teachers’ groups and they all played so well. We also had some very young musicians, with our seven year old violinists being the youngest,” she said.

There was a wide variety of music on the night including performances from the LSM Senior Ensemble, pianists Soha and Mashel Haroon, Maebh Aine Ni Dhufaigh, vionlinists Rebecca Lee, Lily Breslin, Eugina Melinkova, Marie Keogh, as well as from Kim Melia and Tatyana Vykhodtseva.

Meghan Flanagan performed a violin solo, while Jessica Bennett performed a piano solo. Past pupils Heather Fogarty and Mairead Carroll sang and played the flute, and there were guitar solos from Chris Farrell, Eamon Dunne, Kevin Quigley and Dearbhla Dunne. Violin trio Benn Hogan, Rory Hearn, Aoife O’Connor, and guitar duo Conor Finnegan and Conal Rae also performed. Young Voice of Laois Winner 2012 Michael Kirkman took to the stage, as did Oisin Ryan on saxophone and tutors Robert Solyom and Mary Wisely.

The Orpheus Orchestra played as did the flute choir made up of Aoife Flynn, Laoise O’Connell, Niamh O’Riordan, Mimi Pataki Sellers and Emily Quinn; pianist Liam Fraser and tutors group Mary Wisely, Ed Dwan, John Davidson and Sonja Cadogan.

There was a vocal duet from Aideen Morrin and Patricia Newell, as well as a piano solo from Angelica Too, and music from past pupils, singer Roisin Ryan and guitarist Ciaran Elster as well as tutors Maurice Daly and Edward Newell.

There were a number of well wishers and messages of congratulations on the night, from past pupils, the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Music Network as well as a host of other music schools and local businesses.

For more on the School of Music, visit www.laois.ie.