Limerick schools sing out with strings

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Limerick schoolchildren with the Irish Concert Orchestra at the University of Limerick Concert Hall.
Limerick schoolchildren with the Irish Concert Orchestra at the University of Limerick Concert Hall.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s community engagement project Sing Out with Strings celebrates its fifth birthday today, mid-summer’s day, at University Concert Hall, Limerick.

The 1000-seater venue will be filled to capacity with children from all over Limerick who come together to celebrate Love Live Music Day.

Meanwhile, 300 children and staff members from the four participating Sing Out schools – Galvone National School, Southill Junior School, St Mary’s National School and St Enda’s Community School – take centre-stage with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

The theme, Express Yourself sees the children perform orchestral works, original songs, while exploring how music impacts on feelings, thinking and creativity.

Sing Out with Strings works to develop strong musical ability, but with the added emphasis on the transferrable skills that help children in other areas of the curriculum and in overall development.

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Through workshops, rehearsals and performances, children explore their abilities as musicians and gain that sense of pure joy and achievement that comes from working and playing together.