|Coole Music Orchestra|
On the way home from the PPMTA conference I called into the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort to hear the concert celebrating 5 years anniversary of Galway Music School, Coole Music.
The ballroom was packed to capacity with parents and friends and the mood was celebratory raher than dutiful . I was intrigued by the unusual tattoo of a nearby wheelchair bound patron who had a best before date and a bar code printed on his bald head (the tattoo index is usually negligible at music school events) No doubt there was an tale to tell there. I was just in time for Yuki Nisioka's showstopping performance of Monti's Czardas. She was followed on stage by the Dublin based, Ebony Wind Quintet featuring Tom Burke and Fergal Lynch on oboe and horn , familiar faces from youth orchestra days who both remarked and the sense of occasion at the event. After the interval there was a charming small choir with an atttractive repertoire followed by some chamber ensembles.I would love a copy of the Joraalsa Suite as played by the Shanawalla Sextet featuring attractive dance rhythms
The highlight of the concert was the performance of the Coole Music Youth Orchestra who played Katharina Baker's attractive Adventure Suite which had lovely catchy rhtyhms . The finale featued everybody, choir and all the ensembles in a number, Amani Utope attributed to P Ford Simms and K Baker . Quite a feat of organisation in itself to get everybody into palying position. Professional photographer, Declan Monaghan was on hand to record the moment .
|Junior Orchestra Festival|