Hitting the right notes at the Fr McGrath Centre

A GROUP of enthusiastic music lovers have formed a community orchestra at the Father McGrath Centre. 17 people are involved in the project so far which is not limited to any age category. “The idea was to try and get people together to learn to read music and hopefully to progress to learn an instrument. The group started in March and now we have six saxophone players, four trumpeters and two clarinetists.

A GROUP of enthusiastic music lovers have formed a community orchestra at the Father McGrath Centre. 17 people are involved in the project so far which is not limited to any age category. “The idea was to try and get people together to learn to read music and hopefully to progress to learn an instrument. The group started in March and now we have six saxophone players, four trumpeters and two clarinetists.

“I am teching them from tutors books the best I can. It is all voluntary and free of charge and the instruments are given to people to take home and practise but are the property of the centre. If anyone who like to make a donation to the orchestra or sponsor us we would be delighted,” he said.

“At the moment the saxophone players are rehearsing Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Seranade and we hope to have a concert later in the year. I needed to get back into music so this is what I did. It gives people an opportunity to get a taster of all the instruments and we would be interested to hear for anyone who would like to come up and learn how to read for drumming. I want to group to become well-established so it will last in the long term,” he said.

Centre manager, Stephen Murphy said: “Liam Quigley and Tom Dullard approached me last Christmas with an idea of starting a ‘community orchestra’. We gave them the meeting space and a few bob towards their first instruments - and there are now 17 of them of all ages practising every Wednesday evening at the centre. It is fantastic,” he said.

The group meet every Wednesday at the Fr McGrath Centre at 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.