Limerick musician to play the recorder for 24 hours

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

Limerick musician to play the recorder for 24 hours

Caoimhe de Paor, right, with her fellow Palisander band members calls the fundraising initiative ‘a mad event’

IF PRACTICE makes perfect a young Limerick woman will be note perfect after playing the recorder for 24 hours straight.

Caoimhe de Paor, from the Fr Russell Road, and her group – Palisander – are undertaking the feat to purchase their own six foot tall, contrabass recorder.

Caoimhe describes it as “a mad event”. It takes place on Saturday in a recording studio in London, where she is now based.

She got in touch with her local paper as Limerick is where her love of music started.

For many the recorder is a starting point on a musical journey but Caoimhe has fallen in love with the instrument.

“It wasn’t until my undergad year that I discovered there is so much more to the instrument than you think. It doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves and I want to show what it is capable of,” she said.

Caoimhe began her musical studies in Limericks’ Municipal School of Music where she was taught by Maria O’Brien. She continued her studies on recorder and clarinet under Elizabeth Jones in the Cork School of Music. She also played clarinet with the Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band.

Having graduated with a First Class Honours B.Mus, and achieving first in her class, Caoimhe was named student of the year by the Cork School of Music 

Having graduated with a First Class Honours B.Mus, and achieving first in her class, Caoimhe was named student of the year by the Cork School of Music.

The young Limerick woman beat off competition from some of the most talented musicians in the world to be accepted in to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music’s masters programme. 

Palisander has a growing reputation in the music industry and also work with a charity providing access to live music for the elderly and for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Having the giant recorder in their reportoire can only add to their success.

“We are nearly half way to the total cost of the instrument and have £2,400 left to raise before May 2016, when we will lose the funding we have already received,” said Caoimhe.

Palisander has also worked at the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber tots series. In a nice coincidence a Lisnagry man, John Gilhooly, is the director of one of the world’s great concert halls and Caoimhe’s mum Derbhile was the principal of Castleconnell National School in the same parish for many years.

If you would like to support Caoimhe log onto https://www.gofundme.com/palisander24