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Music Generation Louth’s Junior String Orchestra win first place at Newry Feis!

Music Generation Louth’s Junior String Orchestra was thrilled to come first place in the string ensemble competition at Newry Feis this week. The programme’s Playstrings Training Orchestra also played superbly well and pulled off third place in the same competition.

Both groups rehearse weekly on Saturday mornings in the Music Department of DkIT under the expert direction of tutor Jayne Graham. The standard of playing in the competition was extremely high however the polished performances by both Music Generation Louth groups impressed adjudicator Keith Smith.

Here is what Music Generation Louth Coordinator Gemma Murray had to say about the event:

We were delighted that both groups came home with the trophies this year. Of course it is not all about winning but when it happens, it’s a great boost for everyone involved. Jayne is a fabulous leader for the group; under her direction these fifty young musicians are receiving quality training as orchestral string players. Being part of a string ensemble has developed everyone’s playing beyond measure. The group worked hard in the lead up to the competition. The fantastic result was a tribute to all the hard work and commitment from Jayne, the children and their parents.

Membership to both orchestras is open and Music Generation Louth is always delighted to hear from children and young people who would like to join. Inquiries to: Gemma Murray, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Louth, Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, Chapel St, Dundalk. Email: and/or tel 042 93 64635.

Photographed above are the young orchestras going home on the bus with their trophies and leader Jayne Graham.