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SETANTA PAY IT FORWARD WITH A SCHOOL BURSARY

SETANTA PAY IT FORWARD WITH A SCHOOL BURSARY

Posted by cathie in news 09 Dec 2014

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Alan Leech with the children of Realt na Mara School

Celebrating 35 years of choral singing in 2014, Setanta Choir decided to award a bursary to promote choral singing to the next generation of singers as a way of celebrating this milestone in their history.

They teamed up with with Create Louth, the arts service of Louth Local Authorities, to award the bursary, valued at €2,000, which will allow the school access to the very best of choral tuition.

Réalt na Mara primary school proved to be the worthy winners, and began their journey with Drogheda born Alan Leech who set up a series of workshops. Working primarily with the school choir, he worked with students throughout the school in the classroom in tandem with staff in-service training, so that the entire school community benefited from the bursary.

Alan Leech with the children of Realt na Mara School

Alan is a professional tenor and voice coach. He has been a full time tenor with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland for many years, as well as facilitating on their various outreach workshops.

He is also a singing teacher and a vocal coach for the Irish Youth Choir, Irish Youth Chamber Choir and the Ulster Youth Choir. He has also acted as a vocal consultant for the Association of Irish Choirs on their annual Conductor’s summer school.

The bursary is a ‘paying forward’ from Setanta to the wider community. It is intended to help to improve the quality of choral singing in the area in which Setanta has worked for its 35 years, and by awarding the bursary it is felt that this will be best achieved by assisting teachers in developing their school choirs’.

 

Alan Leech with the children of Realt na Mara School

 

It is hoped that by providing the best of choral training to these young people they will see the value of this lifelong pursuit and of course hopefully help to continue the great tradition of choral singing in Dundalk well into the future.The children of Réalt na Mara had the opportunity to showcase what they learnt when they took part in Setanta’s Christmas concert on 14th December last in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church. The concert was extremely well supported and everyone who attended enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of music and song. The proceeds of the concert which amounted to €1200 were presented to the school.

 

Alan Leech with the children of Realt na Mara School

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