On Saturday, February 8th seven Bower students performed at the National Concert Hall for the coming together of the 25th Festival of Youth Orchestras – a festival of music by young people, for young people. Aoife Hensey, Ava Kelly, Emily Spencer, Nadia O’Rourke-Harris, Shauna Scullion, Caitlin Dungan and Michelle Flynn, all members of the school orchestra, participated in the event with Athlone Youth Orchestra, under the guidance of Mr Paul Hensey.

The girls rehearse every Saturday, with Sundays added to the schedule in the weeks running up to the performance. They showed great dedication, perfecting their sound and honing their talent in flute, violin, trumpet and saxophone, in order to take to the main stage of the concert hall, alongside 500 other young musicians from Dublin Youth Orchestras Junior Strings, Carlow Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

The girls performed classics such as Ravel’s Boléro, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Greig, two movements of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and the lively Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman, along with performances of music from The Avengers, pop classics such as Shallow from A Star is Born and The Beatles’ When I’m 64.

It was a wonderful experience for the girls and we extend our congratulations to each of the members of Athlone Youth Orchestra and Paul Hensey on a superb performance.