We know the Score
Setanta Choral Bursary Christmas Concert 2014
On December 14th last, Setanta joined the winners
of the choral bursary, Réalt na Mara National School,
for a wonderful concert in The Redemptorist
Church Dundalk. This was the first time the choir
had taken on a project like this and the overall
consensus is that it has been an outstanding success.
The idea of the choral bursary came about as we
were looking for some way to commemorate 35
years of singing. What better way for a choir
to do this than to pass on the joy of singing
to the next generation? Following a selection
process Réalt na Mara School were chosen as
the worthy winners.
Over the course of the Bursary, the staff and
students of Réalt na Mara all benefited
from the expertise of vocal coach Alan Leech.
Alan is a great communicator and facilitator and with his vast experience both as a singer and teacher brought his love of music to each classroom within the school and in particular to the school choir. The result of this work was indeed very evident at the final concert where the children sang with great confidence and joy, both on their own and with Setanta.
Great credit must go to the Principal and staff of Realt na Mara, with special thanks to Ms. Clune and Ms. Mc Ardle who were directly involved with the choir. Obviously having someone come into the school disrupting the everyday routine cannot have been easy, however, a warm welcome was always received and for that we thank them. To quote Phil McCaul, Principal of Réalt na Mara, “Winning the bursary from the Setanta Choir has been a wonderfully enriching experience for the school community. What began as a journey into the unknown has become a seamless part of our school life”.
The bursary reached out to a large number of people and we hope that it has inspired the children, their teachers, families and friends. As a choir we obviously recognise the wonderful benefits and power of singing, and we hope that this project will encourage many more to join choirs both now and in the future and experience that joy for themselves.
Setanta recognise the contribution made by Create Louth, the Arts Service of Co. Louth without whose generosity this Bursary would not have been possible.