The WhistleBlast Quartet & The Greatest Challenge  music finished

The WhistleBlast Quartet (Ken Edge, Conor Linehan, Oonagh Keogh and Mary Curran) is enjoying a busy nationwide Composition Programme, funded by the Art Council’s Arts Grant Funding, Mayo Co Council, venues, Blackshell Farm Ltd and contributions from schools and Sligo Academy of Music.

The Quartet has been working with six secondary and special schools and Sligo Youth Orchestra in county Mayo, Dublin and Kerry – including Balla and Swinford secondary schools, St. Dymphna’s Special School in Ballina, Clonturk Community College and Scoil Chiarian’s in Dublin, and Mercy Mount Hawk and St Ita’s in Tralee. This has been a fabulous opportunity for a diverse group of young people to work together with professional musicians to compose, perform and develop musical playing skills regardless of individual abilities. The working title THE GREATEST CHALLENGE led to all groups creating fantastic songs and instrumentals delving into ideas about immigration, love and friendship!

In partnership with the National Concert Hall, Ballina Arts Centre and Siamsa Tíre, this programme of workshops and live performances by WhistleBlast will culminate in performances given and created by over 100 Students from diverse backgrounds, geographical locations and abilities...

Students will create and compose the final performance piece through percussion, choral, rapping and instrumental groups. The integration of special schools has been a wonderfully joyful aspect of the programme and an opportunity for different sectors in the community to work closely together and exchange ideas through a quality cultural event.

Admission: Free, but booking is advised.