Leinster Schools encouraged to enter The All Island School Choir Competition 2014

“Schools come alive with the sound of Music” – Leinster Schools encouraged to enter The All Island School Choir Competition 2014″.
The All Island School Choir Competition organised by Co-operation Ireland in association with RTÉ will take place during Autumn 2014 and is currently open to applications from all second level schools across the Island of Ireland.

The competition, presented by Anne Cassin, forms a five-part RTÉ television series celebrating and encouraging the tradition of choral music in second-level schools throughout Ireland.  The competition welcomes entries from schools all over the island of Ireland, with 20 schools chosen to perform at 4 regional finals one at St. Patrick’s Pro Cathedral, Armagh, two at St Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth and one at The Cork School of Music where the winners of each regional final will perform in the live Grand Final at the iconic Titanic Belfast.
This is the sixth series of the All Island School Choir Competition, Blackrock College Dublin was one of the schools to make it to the Final, Patrice O’Connor Choir Director in Blackrock College described the experience” The ‘All island school choir competition’ has offered the boys of Blackrock College the opportunity to perform at the highest level. Being the first all boys choir to reach the final in Belfast was a rewarding and memorable experience, and one that has kept the spirit and enthusiasm of choral music alive in the college.”

The competition is funded by Department of Foreign Affairs, Titanic Belfast, eFlow, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Department of Education Northern Ireland. Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore T.D said “I would like to extend my best wishes to all the schools participating in the All Island School Choir Competition 2014, which my Department is supporting again through its Reconciliation Fund.  This competition is testament to the work of Co-operation Ireland in bringing people together to promote healing and reconciliation and to build a peaceful future on this island. This competition offers young people from across the island the opportunity to engage in cross-border co-operation and learning, fostering lasting relationships for all involved. I wish all the schools who take part the very best of luck in the competition as they come together to celebrate a shared love of song.”

Howard Hastings, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) said: “NITB is delighted to sponsor the All Island School Choir Competition in 2014 which has been a huge success to date and is a great way to nurture young music talent and help children develop their confidence.
We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over Ireland to the Grand Final in November, which will once again take place in the iconic Titanic Belfast. I am also delighted that St. Patrick’s Pro Cathedral in Armagh, an integral part of the St. Patrick’s Trail, has been confirmed as the venue for the Regional Final”.

New associate sponsor, eFlow, Ireland’s leading tolling solutions provider, is delighted to sponsor this fabulous competition and looks forward to a superb series of events.

“The competition has grown over the last 5 years and we are delighted along with our partners RTÉ and all our sponsors, to open the competition to all second level schools on the Island again this year and wish all those who take part in the competition the  best of luck. We are looking forward once again to be entertained with wonderful musical performances showcasing the talents of the young people invovled.”
Information and application forms for the All Island School Choir Competition are available from Co-operation Ireland on www.cooperationireland.org/choir or by emailing choir@cooperationireland.org

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