The National Children’s Choir is much more than large groups of children singing magnificent music to adoring parents, families and friends on local and national stages. It is a philosophy, a way of thinking about and celebrating the children’s musicality. As a movement it absorbs their energy and gives it back in multiples.
The choir’s Mayo regional concert will take place on April 3 in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Popular all-male Mayo group Coda will also be performing at the concert, combining strong backgrounds in Irish traditional, folk and contemporary popular music with an a capella style developed through classical choral music.
The National Children’s Choir is a school-based choral experience for primary school children. Affiliated pupils from Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes in Irish primary school learn a common repertoire of songs. The repertoire challenges the pupils to perform a broad range of music, from Bach to the Beatles, with the aim of fostering a love of choral singing and helping young people to further their musical education.
The choir has its roots in European Music Year 1985. Seán Creamer, then a music inspector with the Department of Education and Science, wanted to celebrate this exciting event in a unique way. His idea was that large groups of schoolchildren would learn and perform a common repertoire in public. A number of teachers got behind his vision, and the National Children’s Choir was born.
Since 1985, over 90,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the choir at local level. This is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of teachers all over the country.
This year 500 children from Mayo will perform at the regional concert, which takes place in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar. The local schools taking part this year are St Angela’s GNS, St Patrick’s BNS, Breaffy NS, Crimlin NS, Ballintubber NS, Knockrooskey NS, Louisburgh NS, Brackloon NS, Carrowholly NS, Lecanvey NS, Carrakennedy NS and Lankill NS.
Tickets available through the schools.