Music, song and dance filled Manchester Town Hall to celebrate the Manchester Irish Festival 2017.
Now an established part of our annual high-profile events calendar, our 2017 Irish Music Celebration from Monday 13 March to Wednesday 15 March.
Twenty five classes of primary school pupils had the opportunity to take part in traditional Irish music, song and dance workshops followed by a lively fleadh in the afternoon.
This event is organised by One Education Music and is supported by the Irish Youth Foundation to promote the confidence and self-esteem of pupils of Irish heritage in addition to sharing this rich culture with other children.
Head of Music, Lindsay Thomas, expressed her thanks to all the schools, children and staff involved in the successful three-day event. This included a group of high school musicians from Loreto RC High School and two work experience pupils from William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester, who have written about their personal experiences.
Jenai - William Hulme's Grammar School
“On my first day to work at the Town Hall I was very anxious but then Lindsay helped me out by giving me a little tour around the Town Hall and showing me all the rooms that I would be guiding the other schools to.
I was given a timetable which had all five different workshops - fiddle (violin), dance, singing, tin whistle, Bodhran (drum) and ukulele.
After I had got the children settled in each workshop, I had the best opportunity ever to pick out workshops and take part. I tried out all of them but my favourite one was the Irish dance workshop because I got the chance to interact with the kids.”
Saisha - William Hulme's Grammar School
“My job was to show the primary schools where to go in the Town Hall for workshops. I also had the opportunity to join in and learn more about the Irish music culture.
For example, by the end of the fiddle workshop I was able to play an Irish song on the violin. In the singing workshop Rioghnach Connolly taught the children to sing in Irish. My favourite activity was dance.
In the afternoon mini festival session, the five music teachers performed. Everyone seemed to love this, best bit of the whole day. Then some of the children from each primary school performed. They were all amazing and enjoyed performing for everyone. “