COOLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
On Saturday 11th March, 50 students from the Musica Fusion School of Music Orchestra in Charleville headed off to Galway to perform at the “Coole Music Festival”. Five Orchestras from around the country were chosen to perform at their 10th anniversary concert. The School’s two orchestras, junior (ages 4 – 11) and senior (aged 12 to adult) performed together, playing a varied 15 minutes program to a captivated audience. They performed pieces by Tchaikovsky and Strauss as well as delighting the audience with works by John Williams and Ennio Morricone. Entry to the festival was sponsored by Da Vinci Creative.
It’s been a wonderful 2017 so far for these orchestras. The Musica Fusion Junior Orchestra, won the Junior Conducted Ensemble competition in St. Mary’s Cathedral at the Feile Luimni in January.
The Orchestra is free and open to all members of the public who play an orchestral instrument (grade 2 and above). At present the Junior Orchestra rehearse on Fridays from 5.45pm to 6.15pm and the Senior Orchestra rehearses on Wednesdays from 8pm to 9pm.
Musica Fusion School will be moving in a few weeks to its new premises at the Pavillion Cinema and fund raising will begin in earnest for the orchestra. Because the orchestra has grown so much, presently 65 members, they can no longer perform in any of the local venues so they will be fundraising to build a large stage in the upstairs of their new school where they can rehearse and perform. They also need new instruments so as to be more inclusive of students from outside the school. If anyone would like to sponsor the Orchestra or contribute to the fund raising effort, please contact the school firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos of their concert performances can be seen on facebook (musica fusion school).