Birr Young Voices
Established in 2017 as part of Birr Festival of Music in collaboration with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, Birr Young Voices is a choral group for young people (9-12 years) who love to sing.
The group perform regularly during Birr Festival of Music and also take part in other exciting projects throughout the year.
A Song of Resilience
Working with phrases collected from school children throughout Offaly, composer and animation artist Finn Nichol created a song and video about how we have shown our strength through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was a Creative Ireland project, devised by Caroline Conway and supported by Birr Festival of Music and Music Generation Offaly Westmeath.
18 children joined Birr Young Voices for two afternoons during the October Mid-Term break. Rehearsal sessions took place in the Pavilion in Birr Castle, directed by Anne McCambridge and Tríona Walsh.
The children then performed at a special recording session at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre for their parents and families.
Finn is now adding the song to the video and it will be available to watch online shortly!
Singing in the Air!
During Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2021, children took part in our 3-day music event at our Festival Dome at Birr Castle. Kindly facilitated by Birr's Ann Hogan and collaborator Sarah Keane.