De La Salle students were busy last week recording a fusion piece for ‘ Waltons Music for Schools competition’. The students, together with their music teacher Pamela Campbell chose to create an arrangement of ‘The Parting Glass’. The song fuses traditional, jazz and African music.
The musicians and singers involved range from 12 to 18 years old. All are accomplished on their instruments, having won multiple titles at provincial and all Ireland fleadhs, performed at the national concert hall and on multiple radio stations. Instruments in the recording include uilleann pipes, whistle, bongo, piano, and drums.
The students’ dedication to this creation shows in the production, which is flawless and meaningful. The harmonies, counter melody and arrangements work effortlessly together. The song was recorded by teacher Oliver Brennan and the video was put together by students Neil Reilly and Harry Foley.
The 12 finalist school groups (six primary and six-post primary) selected in this year’s competition will be announced by Liz Nolan on RTÉ lyric FM on Wednesday March 22 and the finalist groups will perform before their peers and our two adjudicators Deborah Kelleher and Bill Whelan at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday May 2.