Three free events to mark National Music Day

NATIONAL Music Day, Love:Live Music, takes place on Friday, April 8 and in Offaly there are three free music events, all in busy public spaces and places where the public would not normally come across live music.

NATIONAL Music Day, Love:Live Music, takes place on Friday, April 8 and in Offaly there are three free music events, all in busy public spaces and places where the public would not normally come across live music.

The aim of the day is to promote the quality and diveristy of musicianship across the country and the thrill and enjoyment of happening across a live music event.

Kicking off Love:Live Music iis the Sacred Heart School Traditional Music Group playing a lunch time concert at 1.30pm in Aras an Chontae.

Led by Attracta Brady, this award winning group will liven up the county buildings and everyone is welcome to drop in on their lunch hour to enjoy the event.

Later in the afternoon, Tullamore Classical Strings School will play during visiting hours in the foyer of Tullamore Regional Hospital.

Between 4pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm the stunning atrium of the hospital will be uplifted by this gifted group under the stewardship of Adele O’Dwyer, making sure that the experience of visitors, patients and out patients in the hospital will be transformed next Friday.

They will play from the classical repertoire as well as selections from the musicals and some Irish traditional items and feature works by Handel, Massenet and St. Saens as well as music from Mamma Mia and Grease.

The students will range in age from 6 to 18 and will be assisted by Adele O’Dwyer on cello and Natalia Shiel on piano.

And in Birr, the Virtuoso Chamber Choir will perform in Birr Civic Offices between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. This all female group of vocalists and instrumentalists, possess a unique blend of voices and seamless harmonies which gives them a unique, distinctive and angelic sound. They perform ahead of the launch of their much anticipated debut album Enchanted later in April.

The programme of live music events is being organised by the Arts Office of Offaly County Council.

Arts Officer Sinead O’Reilly said, “We are delighted to expand the programme this year, in particular showcasing the quality of young and emerging musicians and singers in the county. The three places where the events will be are busy public spaces and work places, as well as architecturally stunning public buildings, and the presence of live music can really transform an ordinary day.

“In particular, we would encourage visitors to the hospital on Friday to, where possible, bring their relatives and friends who are patients down to the atrium to enjoy the music. We really gratefully appreciate the participation of Tullamore Classical Strings School, the Sacred Heart Traditional Music Group and the Virtuoso Chamber Choir who are all performing voluntarily.”

All events are free and non ticketed. Love:Live Music is an national event by Music Network and for details of other events around the country, please see www.lovelivemusic.ie or for more details on the Offaly events contact the Arts Office on 057 9357400 or arts@offalycoco.ie