RTE’s Nationwide programme tonight, Monday 14th March, at 7pm, will have a feature on ‘A Nation’s Voice’, one of the major events of the Ireland 1916 Commemoration programme.
18 Students from the Music Generation Laois Choral Programme are taking part, representing 5 participating schools (Errill NS, Kiladooley NS, Killenard NS, Presentation Primary Portarlington and Rath NS), under the direction of MGL Choral Team Nuala Kelly and Grace Bergin. The Nationwide crew visited the Laois rehearsal last week and filmed the children singing, along with an interview from Nuala Kelly (also School of Music Co-ordinator), who has a personal connection with 1916 through her Portlaoise grandfather John Muldowney, one of the Laois Volunteers at that time.
A Nation’s Voice is presented by the Arts Council and RTÉ, in association with the National Museum of Ireland, the Association of Irish Choirs and Music Generation, as part of Ireland 2016. On Easter Sunday, March 27th 2016, in the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin, one thousand voices from all over Ireland will join with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in presenting a major new orchestral and choral work composed by Shaun Davey and Paul Muldoon. This free concert promises to be one of the highlights of the 1916 commemoration programme and will be broadcast live on RTE 1 from 2.30pm on Easter Sunday.