National Children's Choir
THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S CHOIR IN WICKLOW 2017
The Wicklow Regional Concert for the National Children's Choir (NCC) took place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 and Thursday, 11 May 2017 in Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones. Boys and girls from six local schools sang to packed audiences of almost 600 parents, friends, and the wider community per night. The six Wicklow schools this year were St Laurence's NS, Greystones, St Cronan's BNS, Bray, St Patrick's Loreto NS, Bray, St Patrick's NS, Curtlestown, Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa, Glendalough and St Patrick's NS, Greystones.
The conductor was Mairéad Déiseach. The repertoire in 2017 challenged pupils to perform many diverse pieces of music including traditional, opera, modern and spiritual. The choir enables young people to experience the sheer joy of singing with other children in a large choir - often in two, three and even four parts!
The children were accompanied by Maev Quinlan on piano and the National Children's Choir Orchestra. The compère was Dara MacMahon, a local classically-trained singer.
Special thanks were given to the Wicklow co-ordinator, Catherine Coveney, Principal of St Laurence's NS, Greystones.
BACKGROUND TO THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S CHOIR
The National Children's Choir (NCC) 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.
Representatives from every school are then invited to perform in one of three gala concerts in The National Concert Hall, Dublin.