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The National Children's Choir in Wicklow


The Wicklow Regional Concert for the National Children's Choir (NCC) took place last Thursday 2nd May in Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones. Boys and girls from five local schools sang to a packed audience of almost 1000 parents, friends, and the wider community. The five Wicklow schools this year were St. Cronan's BNS Bray, St. Patrick's Loreto NS Bray, St. Laurence's NS Greystones, St. Patrick's NS Curtlestown, and Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa Glendalough.

The conductor on the evening was Ms Joan-Marie Healy from St. Cronan's BNS. The repertoire this year challenges pupils to perform many diverse pieces of music - including traditional, opera, modern and spiritual with composers ranging from Wagner to Walt Disney. The choir enables young people to experience singing in a large choir - often in two, three and even four parts.

They were accompanied by Maev Quinlan on piano and the National Children's Choir Orchestra. The compère was Dara MacMahon, a local classically-trained singer, and special thanks were also given to the Wicklow coordinator, Mrs Catherine Coveney, principal of St. Laurence's NS.

The National Children's Choir was established in 1985 by Seán Creamer, a music inspector with the Department of Education. The NCC is a biennial, school-based, choral experience for primary school children. Pupils from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in participating primary schools learn a common repertoire of songs in Irish, English, Italian, French and Latin.

Since its beginnings in 1985, over 100,000 children have enjoyed the experience of singing with the National Children's Choir at a local level. Affiliated schools in each area meet during the year for rehearsals - then every child is invited to sing as part of the choir at the Regional Concert. Teachers nationwide conduct the choirs or play in the accompanying orchestras, and these concerts are a wonderful testament to their dedication and commitment.

This year, there are over 8,000 children around the country taking part in the National Children's Choir regional concerts. Representatives from every school will then be invited to perform in one of three gala concerts in The National Concert Hall, Dublin on May 25th, 26th and 27th.


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