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Orchestral manoeuvres in the Abbey

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SPECIAL EVENING  Members of Mayo Concert Orchestra.

Midsummer fundraiser for Williams Syndrome Ireland

Mayo Concert Orchestra is preparing for the final concert of the season. For the past seven years, the musicians have performed in the wonderful evocative surroundings of Ballintubber Abbey on Midsummer night. The event takes place on this Thursday, June 21, at 9pm and acts as a fundraiser on behalf of Williams Syndrome Ireland.
Jarlath Tynan is a past pupil of St Anthony’s Special School. Each summer he attends a special music camp organised especially for people with Williams syndrome. His sister Fionnuala is a the camp organiser and, coincidentally, a member of the Mayo Concert Orchestra.
The Tynan family have had long associations with Williams Syndrome Ireland. Both Fionnuala and Jarlath share a love of classical music, and have shown great loyalty to Mayo Concert Orchestra in many ways. Jarlath is a fantastic ambassador for people with Williams Syndrome. His love of music is infectious and he has been known to provide many a pleasant musical surprise on the night of the mid-summer performance.
Many musicians and attendees would agree: there is a tangible feel-good factor about this event, thanks in part to the wonderful community of people involved in Williams Syndrome Ireland. According to research, people with Williams Syndrome tend to share an affinity with music and funds raised on this evening help finance an exciting and enjoyable summer music camp for members of the community.
This event is also a great opportunity for Mayo Concert Orchestra to showcase the achievements of the year. Under the daring direction of Kathy Fahey, the musicians have taken on many stimulating challenges this year, and have grown greatly in skill and ability. The umbrella name of the organisation has recently changed to Music West. The musicians are looking forward to new ventures in the future, alongside community initiatives such as this.
Music lovers and supporters of many genres of music are in for treat comprising of historic and contemporary music, from Vivaldi to ‘Viva La Vida’. The atmospheric venue alone is reason enough to attend for some.
The orchestra invites everyone to head along, support a wonderful cause, join in the uplifting mood of the evening and enjoy architecture, community and the rich textures of instrumental music in a single setting.