|View from the top|
The annual AGM was held at the Cork School of Music last Sunday. The procedings began with a tour of the impressive state of the art new building with staff memberTomás McCarthy. The view from the library at the top floor is perhaps the best in the city. Having viewed a dizzying array of technological features and (yes I can vouch there are two Steinways in every practice room), the group paused at a most unusual feature which stood out from the gleaming glass, chrome and tehnical wizardry - a beautifully crafted wooden bookcase with a selection of handsome music volumes with ancient fonts and gasp! gold lettering.
Following lunch and AGM, we were treated to a performance by a student ensemble of arrangements of folksongs by degree students under conductor Geoffrey Spratt with Alan Cutts at the piano. The dozen or so numbers, most of them familiar arranged for strings with flute, clarinet and percsussion were a charming collection and suitable for intermediate orchestras with players around grade 3 or so. They will be an excellent addition to many school ensemble's repertoire.
|Tomás McCarthy in the studio|