Classical success for Portlaoise’s musicians

The girls from Scoil Mhuire NS in Portlaoise are reaping a musical dividend thanks to the investment a bank of a differant sort.

The girls from Scoil Mhuire NS in Portlaoise are reaping a musical dividend thanks to the investment a bank of a differant sort.

The school was awarded a Bank of 20 Violins and 4 Cellos, from Laois School of Music/Dunamaise Arts Centre, as a result of the Business 2 Arts/ Dublin Airport Authority in May 2007.

Apart from getting instruments to learn on, Ms Anne Buggie, principal, says her pupils have also benefited from expert training.

“Mr John Davidson, a tutor from Laois School of Music has worked with our pupils, teaching violin since then.

“John had travelled extensively playing in the orchestra for Riverdance. Ms Sonia Cadogan, Kilkenny School of Music, is our weekly tutor with the Cello Students,” she said..

Initially the instruments remained in school for lunchtime practice sessions but late pupils were allowed to take home, practice, care for and return the Instruments.

The group has performed at end of year school events and for rthe visit of Her Excellency, Naghmana Hashmi, the Ambassador of Pakistan in April 2011.

“This is a unique opportunity for our pupils and our school and we are delighted to be involved in the Laois School of Music Project,” concluded Ms Buggie.

‘Care of Violin/Cello Contract’ were signed and strings, repairs rosin are on-going expenses.