Young trad musicians from Music Generation Laois and Carlow took centre stage on June 24, at Trinity College Dublin with a spectacular performance.
The groups entertained delegates attending the Gala Celebration of the 2016 Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference, including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and US Vice-President Joe Biden.
They performed an exciting set of traditional Irish music, including an arrangement of three tunes together with world famous flautist Sir James Galway.
The 25-member ensemble featured members of the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra under the direction of Siobhán Buckley.
Working with leading professional musicians in their respective counties, the young musicians have come together over the past number of months to rehearse and prepare for this significant performance opportunity. They were excited and honoured to have had the chance to perform for the international delegation.
Kate MacDonald, member of Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra was proud to perform.
“Music means so much to me. I feel really lucky to be able to perform here today. It’s been brilliant to work with the group from Carlow too so that we can share our stories and skills and make new friends from another County.”
Following the event, Rosaleen Molloy, National Director, Music Generation congratulated the ensemble.
“I would like to congratulate this ensemble of terrific young musicians from Laois and Carlow on their dynamic performance.
“ It is a privilege for Music Generation to have the opportunity to perform at this prestigious event and it will be a particular joy for the young people to have played alongside Sir James Galway.
“We are very grateful to our co-funders, The Ireland Funds, for providing a platform to bring the music of this combined trad ensemble to an international stage,” she said..