ORQUESTA CRESCENDO from Madrid, under the baton of their conductor Raul Sanchez, comes to Dublin for the second time to share a concert with St Agnes Parents String Orchestra. The link with Madrid was formed by a former member of the Crumlin orchestra, whose family relocated to Madrid for work purposes. Since then Dee McDonnell has kept in constant contact with progress in St Agnes (now Scoil Una Naofa) Violin and Orchestra Project and has inspired her Spanish Orchestra to make two trips to Ireland.
The Spanish players are staying with some Irish host families and some have selected hotels. They visited Glendalough on Saturday 20th May before a lengthy combined rehearsal programme. The Dublin players are the hosts for Saturday's evening meal followed by more rehearsals and later some entertainment with contributions from Spain and Ireland.
On Sunday the large combined string orchestra headed to picturesque Carlingford and after lunch in Carlingford FOUR SEASONS hotel and settled down to final rehearsal including the choir who are from Carlingford.
Carlingford is so picturesque with a backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea. No better place for a concert to support the vital services of the RNLI Lifeboat Institution.
The concert and weekend spent together was a fantistic social and musical success, and will be part of a continuing musical friendship.
¡Hasta la próxima!
Raul Sanchez conducts
The combined orchestras 1st violins
Raul Sanchez plays guitar
Marta Marcia Gomez plays ‘The Swan’ by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Some Spanish Songs
Shay McGlynn and his friend Brendan give the Spanish visitors a taste of Irish traditional music
The all important refreshments
The mains may have dissapeared, but time for dessert now!
Rose checks it’s all ready to go.
As our guests arrive we get on with the music and with the fun in advance of the Carlingford concert