Carnival of Orchestras | Sunday, 9 May at 6pm
Purr-Fect Notes – Carnival of Orchestras
Mixing music and pets? Why not? Pets have been so important in this pandemic year.
A virtual music event with a difference takes place on Sunday, 9 May when more than 150 children aged 7 to 12 from nine orchestras play together-from-home in a music programme, accompanying prepared tracks on Zoom. Their programme includes two movements of The Covid Saga, composed by Robert Mahon for his orchestra in Kiltra School of Music, arrangements of pieces by Haydn and Beethoven, a traditional Irish folk tune orchestrated by Seamus Doyle and a musical story of a girl and a tiger in the pandemic, narrated by Raphael Kelly.
Children from the different orchestras will introduce elements in the programme and will exchange jokes with SMILER THE CLOWN, a light-hearted MC guiding events as they unfold. Many children submitted pet photographs and artwork to be shared during the evening in a video backed with music. A highlight of the programme will be the introduction of one lucky pet from each orchestra to the audience live on Zoom – these include a snake, a rabbit, a hen, a dwarf hamster, guinea pigs, a parrot, a tortoise, fish as well as beloved cats and a dog.
Taking part remotely in the Carnival Orchestra are young musicians from Accora Orchestra, County Cavan, Athenry Music School, County Galway, Budding Bows WIT Waterford, Kiltra School of Music, County Wexford, Music Generation Louth, Sligo Academy of Music, Sligo, St Agnes’ CCMA Junior Strings, Crumlin, Dublin, St Peter’s School, Phibsboro, Dublin, and The Staves Orchestra, Carlow College of Music, County Carlow.
During the programme Smiler the Clown will send shout-outs and virtual hugs on behalf of some children to relatives and friends whom they have not seen for many months and who will zoom in from their homes in Ireland, Europe and several continents to applaud and encourage the children, their teachers and parents with enthusiastic jazzy hands!
Some children have found it difficult to keep going with their music during the pandemic. These children have persevered and worked hard in preparation for this event, against all the negatives of Covid-19. The orchestras have made new connections which hopefully can be maintained in the future in real-time. It’s a moment to savour along with the children who are the musical future of our country.
This event is steered by St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music & the Arts, Crumlin, Dublin.
All orchestras are members of IAYO and we are very excited that this day will be part of our Youth Orchestra Celebration Day on Sunday, 9 May 2021!