WIT and the Music School Choral Programme performed at WIT College Street performing their concert and marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising
The Waterford Institute of Technology Music School Choral Programme held a performance at the WIT College Street Campus recent;y.
The concert that was held on the 10th anniversary of the formation of the full six-choir programme, was titled Cherish the Children and marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
The concert focused on uniting songs of patriotism and emancipation along with songs that outline the joys and trials of childhood.
The path from 30 to 200 singers started back in 1990 when Anne Woodworth founded the Waterford Larks. At the time it was open to both girls and boys, although the girls formed a large majority of the group.
Following an inspirational spell with the Irish Youth Choir, Niall Crowley set up the Waterford Boy Singers in 1997. Originally founded independently of WIT the choir became part of the Music School in September 2001. From there the other choirs developed quite rapidly and organically around those.
As the demand for choral singing grew, a group for singers younger than those in the Larks and Boys became necessary, and so in 2001 the Children’s Choir was added to a growing collection of choirs.
In 2003, the youngest choir, the Singing Club, took in its first members, allowing children experience the joys of choral singing from the age of just five.
Last year Áine Mahon became the first person to make the complete journey through the Choral Programme – all the way from the Singing Club to the Youth Choir. She was joined in this remarkable display of commitment and dedication by Caoimhe O’Connor with doubtless many more to follow.
"Being in the WIT Youth Choir honestly shaped me as a person, and I truly value the experiences I've had as a member. The big wins at competitions and a new appreciation for choral music are nothing compared to the lifelong friendships I've made in the choir," Caoimhe said.