Vocal Training Opportunities for Young People

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The Iveragh Peninsula group pictured with Baritone Gavan Ring during their recital at the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church in Caherciveen over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Young people interested in getting involved in choral singing now have an opportunity of joining a group near them thanks to a Creative Ireland Kerry initiative.

Creative Ireland Kerry is co-ordinated by Kerry County Council’s Arts Office.

No Cost to Parents

One of its early projects is the creation of opportunities for young people to participate in choral and vocal training at no cost to their parents.

Groups have been established in Tralee, Listowel and Killarney and are open to young people of all ages.

One such group on the Iveragh Peninsula has been active in Cahirciveen this month under the expert direction of Baritone Gavan Ring.

They performed to audiences of upwards of 700 at the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Wide Repertoire

Their repertoire included works by Mozart, Franck, Handel, Mendelssohn, Fauré, McDonagh and Hine.

“Seeing our group grow in confidence following the performance was amazing, we look forward to another show at Christmas,” said the director.

The work is made possible due to the support offered to Kerry from the Creative Ireland, Government funded programme.

The 2017 Creative Ireland Kerry Action Plan is informed by the public meeting on Creative Ireland Kerry of March 14th where there was unanimous consensus to focus on youth arts and creative engagement for young people.

Music Education Partnership

The programme is funded by Creative Ireland Kerry and the Arts Council, supported by Kerry Music Education Partnership.

To take part or contact your nearest group you’re invited to ring the Arts Office at Kerry County Council on 066 71 83536 or email arts@kerrycoco.ie

About Creative Ireland

Creative Ireland is an all of Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is built around five pillars: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production; Unifying our Global Reputation. Each of the 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans are available to download at creative.ireland.ie

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