The WhistleBlast Quartet – Ken Edge (saxophones and clarinet ), Mary Curran (French horn ), Síle Daly (oboe and cor anglais ) and Andrew Synnott (piano ) – return for the new school year with another series of three-day outreach/recital programmes in Mayo. The quartet has been successful in applying for a Arts Council Travel and Training grant to bring internationally acclaimed music facilitator Tim Steiner to Mayo to work with the quartet in providing secondary school and youth in-training. Tim Steiner will also be joining the quartet for its first programme of the school year with the pupils of Ballinrobe Community School.
As a new departure, the quartet and Steiner will create a new work incorporating traditional and classical musicians, singers, and dancers pooled from the whole school. All participants have had previous performance experience through the school’s innovative and ongoing programme.
The final free concert - on Friday, October 5 is at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe – is for the whole community and for all ages and it will feature the WhistleBlast Quartet performing the mini-orchestral sounds of Saint-Saen’s Danse Macabre, Stravinsky’s Miniatures, Gold Finger and much more. The music and dance pupils of Ballinrobe Community School will also take part in the concert, performing a new work with the quartet. A group of transition year students will take photographs during the three-day programme and create an in-school exhibition from them. Everyone in the community is welcome to go along for some fun and great music.