Talent on show at student concert [with run-order]

More than sixty young musicians and singers wlll be taking to the stage in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Sunday (22nd April) at the student concert of the Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Everything from Borodin to Bruno Mars will be on offer from soloists, singers and groups. There’s a range of instruments, including piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and guitar.

The concert starts at 2pm in Workshops 1 & 2 at the RCC, which is behind An Grianán Theatre. Admission is free. Audience members can come and go so you can drop in for a short visit or stay for the whole thing. The short concert interval will be at around 2.45pm.

Martin McGinley of the DMEP said it’s one of his favourite music events of the year.

 “It’s always really enjoyable,” he said. “You have everyone from beginner to grade 8, so you’ll be listening to Little Bear’s Lullaby on piano one minute and a Vivaldi cello concerto the next.

“This concert always gets a good crowd but it’s important to remember that it’s not in the auditorium of the RCC this year so seats are limited.”

The Donegal Junior and Intermediate Strings will start the concert under conductor Victor Yélamo. The concert will also feature two groups of singers and musicians put together by well-known singer and musician Egon Calleary.

There’s a host of individual performers, some accompanied by the well-known pianist from Letterkenny, Paul McCarroll.

DMEP tutors who have students involved include full-time violin tutor Orsi Szabo-Yélamo, Victor Yélamo, Anderinna Gooch, Pamela Patterson, Ursula Ó Faodhagáin, Egon Calleary, Nigel Crossan and Riana Lynch.

A DMEP student concert will also be held at St Patrick’s Centre in Donegal Town (beside chapel) next Friday evening 27th at 7.30pm. Again, lots of talented young music students. Thanks to Evan McGarrigle for organising that one. More details later on DMEP student concert in Carndonagh (with thanks to Seamus Devenny).

The DMEP can be contacted at musiceducation@donegaletb.ie or by calling 07491 76293. Martin McGinley’s mobile is 087 1677 699 (if no reply, please text).

Donegal Junior Strings, under conductor Victor Yélamo, will begin the DMEP student concert at 2pm on Sunday (22nd April) at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. 


STUDENT CONCERT, RCC, LETTERKENNY, Sunday 22nd April, 2pm – running order

Timings approximate, audience members can come and go (we’ll probably organise it to happen after every fourth performance to minimise disruption).


2pm Welcome – Martin McGinley

2.02pm Junior and Intermediate Strings (3 pieces) Weber: Hunter’s Chorus; Waldteufel: The Skater’s Waltz (2); Offenbach: Can Can

2.09 Kate Somunata piano, Wood Fairies

2.11 Holly Ward piano, A Brief Tango

2.13 Andrea Colmanjerajo voice, Edelweiss (from Sound of Music)

2.15 Maria Henry piano,  He’s a Pirate (Pirates of the Carribean)

2.17 Anna Curley violin, Haydn: Concerto in G major – 1st movement

2.21 Sarah O’Keeney piano, Little Study

2.23 Maria Henry violin, Bach: Minuet in G

2.25 Roshni Cannard clarinet, Prelude from suite by Paul Reade

2.28 Fionn Halligan violin, Gossec: Gavotte

2.30 Ezgi Osbay voice, Colours of the Wind

2.32 Eoin O’Fearraigh piano, Waltz

2.34 Fintan Robinson violin, Haydn: Andante

2.36  Group One (tutor – Egon Calleary), Count on Me: Bruno Mars

2.42 Emma Burns piano, Ariana




2.50 Alicia Miranda cello, Boccherini: Minuet

2.54 Yagmur Ekiki piano, The wood fairies

2.56 Lara Ozbay voice, Castle on a Cloud

2.58 Paul Gillespie cello, Squire: Danse Rustique

3.02  Emily Kelly piano, Study no. 38 in C

3.04 A’Alya Mustapha piano, Latin Carnival

3.06 Éabha Flanagan cello, Harris: March of the Stegosaurus /or/ Haydn: Trio

3.08 Leah Cullen piano, Little Bear’s Lullaby

3.10 Ezgi Ozbay piano, Rat Race

3.14 Áine Brennan cello, Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in C Major (first movement: Allegro)

3.17 Group Two (tutor – Egon Calleary),  ‘Linger’: The Cranberries

3.23 Christine Anthony piano, Sad March

3.25 Sean and Elijah violas, French folk song / Suzuki’s Allegro

3.28 Brian Anthony piano, Song Without Words

3.31 Aina Branchat Puig cello, Squire’s Tarantella

3.34 Amy Clarke piano, Titanium