This year over 8,000 children around the country will take part in the National Children’s Choir.
The National Children’s Choir was established in 1985 by Seán Creamer (then a music inspector with the Department of Education and Science.) The National Children’s Choir is a bi-annual, school-based, choral experience for primary school children, where affiliated pupils from 4th, 5th or 6th classes in Irish Primary Schools learn a common repertoire of songs in Irish, English or Latin that more than satisfies many objectives of the music programme at the senior end of the primary school.
The repertoire this year challenges pupils to perform many diverse pieces of music – including traditional, rap, opera, modern and spiritual – with composers ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson! The choir enables young people to experience the sheer joy of singing with other children in a large choir – often in two, three or even four parts.
Since its beginnings in 1985, almost 100,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the National Children’s Choir at a local level. Affiliated schools in each area meet during the year for rehearsals – then every child is invited to sing with the choir at the Regional Concert.
On Thursday May 19 and again on Friday May 20 some of these schools will be performing in St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkennny at 8p.m. The schools include: Moneenroe National School, Castlecomer; Bunscoil McAuley Rice, Callan; St. Canice’s, Kilkenny; St. Brigid’s National School Kells; St. Leonard’s Dunamaggin; Gaelscoil Osraí, Loch Buí; Scoil Naisiunta Móin Ruadh, Higginstown; Kilkenny Model School; and Kilkenny School Project. Tickets will be available from any of the schools or at the door on the night, with songs from light opera to Michael Jackson, amhráin gaelach, musicals, gospel and a few old favourites, each concert promises to be a great night’s entertainment. Representatives from every school will then be invited to perform in one of three gala concerts in The National Concert Hall in Dublin on May 28th, 29th and 30th.