SETANTA PAY IT FORWARD WITH A SCHOOL BURSARY
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 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.