Music at St Joseph’s
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Leamington Spa branch of Comhaltas (Irish Musicians Association)
Children, mainly from St. Joseph’s, meet every Friday (after school) to learn Irish Traditional Music on a variety of instruments. At the moment, the children are learning the button accordion, fiddle, whistle, flute and mandolin.
The children are all members of the Leamington Comhaltas branch which is part of a very large organisation which has many branches in Britain, obviously lots and lots of branches in Ireland and also branches in America, Australia and beyond.
The children are taught by Mrs Burke and members of her family and they get a lot of opportunities to perform throughout the year. Many of the children take part in competitions and up to date have been very successful. A lot of the children have had the opportunity to play in the All Ireland having qualified through from the All Britain.
Most importantly, it is a social occasion where children can learn tunes and play together and then meet and play music with children everywhere who are learning Irish traditional music.
There are many of St. Joseph’s children who have now left, but still attend the classes on a Friday evening. Children are invited to start in Year 3 and the eldest student in the class at the moment is seventeen years of age.