Thursday 24th March 2022 was a truly memorable day for 4 young harpers from Music Generation Waterford as they were invited by Waterford Council to perform for The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall. The royal couple were on a three-day visit to Ireland as part of a series of royal tours for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee year.
The young harpists, Annamai Condon, Breeanna Beirne, Ruby Calvy and Éadaoin O’Shea, and their musician educator Jill Devlin, performed live during a reception hosted by Waterford Council & Mayor of Waterford, Cllr Joe Kelly.
The talented young musicians performed during the royal couple’s entrance into the elegant eighteenth-century style ballroom to great applause from the eagerly awaiting invitees. The Prince spoke to the young harpers asking them about music in their lives and Ireland’s national emblem the Harp. We are so proud of these young ambassadors for representing Music Generation and the harp as a historical instrument of Irish culture and heritage. What an incredible performance opportunity and experience for this next generation of Waterford Harpists.
Also in attendance at the event were local Councillors, local charities & frontline workers alongside Minister of State for Mental Health & Older People, Mary Butler.
A tweet from @MGWaterford after the performance reads:
"It was an absolute honor for our young harpers to perform at the Mayor's Reception this morning for Prince Charles and Camilla. Thank you for stopping to speak with us. Thank you @WaterfordCounci for this unforgettable experience." @MGWaterford
Annamai, Breeanna, Ruby and Éadaoin, and their musician educator Jill Devlin, had a short rehearsal at City Hall ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla’s arrival. Thanks to Music Development Officer Shauna Mc Cullough for capturing this beautiful performance. What a talented ensemble!
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall also visited Waterford Crystal and the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary during their three day visit to Ireland. See more coverage from the Mayor's Reception event here.
To find out more about harp programmes for children and young people in Waterford follow Music Generation Waterford on social media (links below) or find a Music Generation close to you on our website!
Music Generation Waterford is managed by Waterford Music Education Partnership, led by Wexford and Waterford Education and Training Board in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.
Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives children and young people access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) in which Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.
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