June 2018 newsletter
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SCOIL ÚNA NAOFA VIOLIN & ORCHESTRA PROJECT – MAY 2018 NEWS

The Project based in SCOIL ÚNA NAOFA since September 2006 recently received exciting news that the primary school orchestra, SCOIL ÚNA NAOFA ORCHESTRA and a choir, along with St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra (secondary school students) will perform at the NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, Dublin next February 2019 on Saturday 9th at the FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS run annually by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras.  Soloist at the National Concert Hall will be Kellie O’Neill, viola, who has come right through this programme, and is now completing first year at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in their B Mus Performance course.


The PROJECT provides tuition and instruments with no fees to families to all children from Junior Infants to Leaving Cert. There are no financial barriers to accessing a rounded and carefully structured musical education with a string instrument throughout the fourteen years of primary and secondary school years. It is a unique opportunity provided in Crumlin. Students taking MUSIC for Junior and Leaving Cert are prepared for the performance practical at Tuesday lessons in SCOIL ÚNA NAOFA. The Project is sustained by fundraising including Christmas Market, pub quizzes, raffles, Golf Classic, VHI Women’s Mini-Marathon etc throughout the year.


All children in Scoil Úna Naofa Orchestra take an in-house exam in June annually, and receive certificates, based on a carefully graded programme of work. Students who continue to play in secondary school take Grade examinations of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Many are taking high grades now, up to and including GRADE EIGHT at the top of the ladder. They have lessons on Tuesday and rehearse weekly together as St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra.


OPEN LESSONS for all classes from Junior Infants to 4th class will be taking place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June, to which the School Principal invites parents, grandparents and supporters. All are welcome.


SCOIL ÚNA NAOFA ORCHESTRA is non-selective. It rehearses on Tuesdays after school. Orchestra members have an instrument to practise with at home, and to regard as their own. As they grow, a bigger instrument is provided at the right time. The end-of-year concert will take place on TUESDAY JUNE 12th at 6 pm. There will be refreshments for musicians and audience after the concert. The audience will also hear a remarkable 3rd class (Ms Thakarar’s)  bursting with talent, and St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra that night. All are welcome. Free admission. When they are ready, children audition for highly competitive places in DUBLIN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS. This year four young musicians in 5th class gained places in DUBLIN YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, Kiara Caulfield, violin, Sarah Caulfield, viola, David Lindsay, cello, and Lisa Slattery, cello. They are joining Siyu Li (Nini) and Sami Jones, both double bass players, who are already DYO members. DYO opens the door to a new world of adventure in music! All DYO players take part in a gala concert annually in January at the National Concert Hall.



SCOIL UNA NAOFA ORCHESTRA performs in a Christmas concert and in March annually at CÓR FHÉILE NA SCOILEANNA in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. ST AGNES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA performs annually at the INTER-SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL and regularly perform at the request of the IRISH YOUTH FOUNDATION at prestigious events including the IYF  JUNE Bloomsday lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel  and SPORTS EXCELLENCE AWARDS at the Clayton (formerly Burlington) Hotel.


St Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra will fly off to MADRID for a short tour June 22nd to 25th, where they will perform in two concerts with musicians from the Municipal School of Music of Tres Cantos, Madrid, and will be the guests of the Irish Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain at a reception on Sunday June 24th.  Thanks to all those who gave up so much time at Christmas for bag packing in Supervalu to make this tour possible.


The musical year ends with SUMMER CAMP, a unique intergenerational camp for string players from primary school upwards without age limits! The annual concert in CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, Dublin, is a highlight of the year, and will take place on Thursday July 5th at 5 pm. Everyone is welcome. ST AGNES’ PARENTS STRING ORCHESTRA founded in 2010 by school parents now has 100 members aged 20-80 including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, past parents and many members of the community. New members are always welcome and absolutely no previous experience is needed. Just email stagnesmusiccrumlin@gmail.com to open a new musical era in your life. See

Summer 2018 Newsletter, with project overview