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Posted on 05th October 2018 | GeneralNews

On 6 November 2018, the traditional group from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt will take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall, London.  

They will perform alongside young musicians and singers from across the UK in the renowned Schools Prom organised by the charity, Music for Youth.

The group was asked to participate after a performance at the National Festival for Youth Music which is held annually in Birmingham at the beginning of July.  They performed three times at the festival, including a workshop at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music with folk music expert, Joe Broughton.  He commented on their innate musicality and musicianship. 

There are 19 members of the group, including 17 musicians and 2 dancers. All of the musicians are active members of various Comhaltas across Antrim, Derry and Tyrone.  One of the fiddle players, Roise Devlin, was winner at the recent All-Ireland Fleadh in the Slow Air (12-15) competition.  Two other members, Rosie McElroy (Fiddle) and Caoimhe O’Kane (Tin Whistle), were winners at the Ulster Fleadh in Fiddle (12-15) and Slow Air Tin Whistle (15-17) respectively.  Clodagh Gillen (Dancer) is a world champion dancer. St. Mary’s is only one of two schools in Northern Ireland invited to perform at this prestigious event. 

The group are directed by Miss Donnelly, Head of Music.

The dancers are choreographed by Mrs A. Kearney. Click for photos