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Daniel Kellerhals - President European Federation of Orchestras, Juan Barro - Orquesta Crescendo Madrid, Nelleke Gusenbroek- Federation of Amateur Symphony Orchestras, Sue Watts - Yorkshire Late Starter Strings,  Armorel Allen - Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra, Jacqueline Gernay - Belgium, Terry Clancy - Sounds Ensemble Dublin, Sabina Higgins, Michael D. Higgins - President of Ireland, Seamus Doyle - St. Agnes’ Parents Orchestra, Maggie Hilton - East London Late Starters Orchestra, Melanie Reineke - ‘Happy Strings’ Tomatenklang Musikschule Berlin, Elena Rahona - New York Late Starters Orchestra, Bart Van den Goorbergh - Het Betuws Dagorkest Netherlands, Allin Gray - Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

Daniel Kellerhals - President European Federation of Orchestras, Juan Barro - Orquesta Crescendo Madrid, Nelleke Gusenbroek- Federation of Amateur Symphony Orchestras, Sue Watts - Yorkshire Late Starter Strings,  Armorel Allen - Glasgow Senior Citizens Orchestra, Jacqueline Gernay - Belgium, Terry Clancy - Sounds Ensemble Dublin, Sabina Higgins, Michael D. Higgins - President of Ireland, Seamus Doyle - St. Agnes’ Parents Orchestra, Maggie Hilton - East London Late Starters Orchestra, Melanie Reineke - ‘Happy Strings’ Tomatenklang Musikschule Berlin, Elena Rahona - New York Late Starters Orchestra, Bart Van den Goorbergh - Het Betuws Dagorkest Netherlands, Allin Gray - Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

Parents Orchestra 10th Anniversary Concert

Featuring Sounds Ensemble and International Guests

23rd February 2020



After a chance to get to know more about our guests and their music programmes, followed a busy rehearsal schedule of music beginning with Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, and ending with Offenbach’s ‘Can-Can’. Orchestra members enjoyed the period of focussed rehearsals punctuated by refreshement and meal breaks where they continued to get to know each other and tell stories of music in their lives.


‘The story of the parents orchestra is a story founded in a great friendship and solidarity.’

President Michael D Higgins


On his arrival in the hall, President Higgins acknowledged the dedication of all those organising the event and working to sustain the project in many ways, while describing the importance of music in our lives and in society.


All pieces in the concert were arrangements of well known classical and folk works. Vivaldi’s Gloria featured the choirs of St. Agnes’ Musical Society and Crumlin Community Choir, who also sang ‘The Trout’ by Schubert. Instrumental solos were by Juan Barro, Melissa Deans, Dawn Davin and Mick Deans in the Vivaldi.


Sounds Ensemble conductor Terry Clancy conducted Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah and Egmont Overture. Eimear O’Grady who conducted the orchestra for most of the ten years was warmly weclomed back to conduct Barcarolle (Offenbach) and ‘O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini), each featuring Breeda Ward on Harp.


Soprano Soloist Jennifer Grundullis joined the orchestra with ‘Aria’ from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Villa Lobos. There followed arrangements of music by Anderson, Sibelius, Traditional Irish, and Albeniz. An arrangement of ‘Japanese Lullaby, Forest Owl’ featured a beautifully played duo passage for violin and cello with father and daughter Mick and Melissa Deans, and also a duo passage featuring Melissa and Sinéad Ellis. The concert concluded with a string orchestra rendition of the Finale from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.


While marking the end of the weekend activities, we f eel the event marked the beginning of new friendships, connections and bringin us all closer together.

Pauline Cavanagh - string tutor, Nicole Hudson -string tutor, Eimear O'Grady - conductor, Melissa Deans - orchestra leader, Jennifer Grundullis - soprano soloist, Sister Bernadette Sweeney -Director St Agnes CCMA, Sabina Higgins and President Michael D Higgins, Cormac O’hAodáin - summer camp conductor, Aoife Burke - cello tutor, Margaret McCabe - volunteer - Finance Officer and orchestra founder member, Rose Lyons, volunteer, Public Relations, founder member, Joanna Crooks - Project director - orchestra founder member. Terry Clancy - conductor Sounds Ensemble, Denise Ni Dhuibhir Asst Director CCMA.

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