The ICO’s Sing Out turns five

Sing Out: last year's concert, which took place in the Lime Tree Theatre, saw hundreds of kids perform with the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra
THE Irish Chamber Orchestra’s innovative community engagement programme, Sing Out With Strings, will celebrate its fifth birthday with a massive concert in the University Concert Hall this June.

THE Irish Chamber Orchestra’s innovative community engagement programme, Sing Out With Strings, will celebrate its fifth birthday with a massive concert in the University Concert Hall this June.

The gala concert on June 21 will feature over 300 children aged 4-14 from four city schools participating in the musical education programme - Galvone National School, Southill Junior School, St. Enda’s Community School and St Mary’s Boys School, all performing with the world class musicians in the ICO.

A number of guest musicians will also perform on the day, including percussionist Noel Eccles, guitarist Jimmy Smith, pianist Boris Hunka and celebrated saxophonist, Ken Edge.

The ICO is this year seeking local schools to come along and participate in the grand finale of the show.

“All participating schools will be asked to learn a song which they will perform together as part of the grand finale, Express Yourself” said a spokesperson.

“It showcases the children’s performance of orchestral works and original songs, while exploring how music impacts on their feelings, thinking and creativity,” added the spokesperson.

The concert will mark the fifth birthday of the programme, which has seen music become embedded in the participating schools’, increasing self-esteem and confidence, pride, and self-discipline in the children as a result.

A report commissioned by the ICO and UL last year concluded that the project acts as a “social catalyst and is uniting communities” while also fostering a sense of “community pride and social unity” in the areas it runs in.

To book tickets for the show contact the UCH box office on 061-331549.