So many of our students are already seasoned performers. We have third-level music students and some are professional performers in their own right. Many of our students have ascended through the ranks of Fingal Children's Choir and Fingal Youth Choir, learning how to perform, how to prepare for lessons and rehearsals, and developing an understanding of what it takes to be a musician.
We spoke to FAM Singing student and member of Fingal Youth Choir, Clodagh Byrne, about some of her recent performance experiences, and how they have impacted her.
I'm sure like many aspiring performers, I have a dream of singing in some of the big venues. How lucky I have been to have achieved this dream.
Clodagh is a hard-working music student and has put a lot of hours into practising, attending rehearsals and studying her repertoire. She has also put in the effort to perform in public - as a soloist at Fingal Youth Choir concerts, at FAM Academy Recitals, and at school performances.
For the past couple of years, I have sung at a memorial service in Dublin. The Chairman of the Emergency Services Day committee heard e sing and asked if I would sing at the Celebration Day concert in the National Concert Hall (NCH) in September. We discussed the type of song that was appropriate and I sang two songs; Danny Boy and One Perfect Moment.
Her performance has been lauded and it's been a hugely beneficial experience for Clodagh.
I have received some great feedback and really enjoyed the wonderful opportunity. It was amazing and has given me an even greater desire to sing in more of these big venues. A huge thank you to my FAM singing tutor Michelle O'Rourke for sharing the song A Perfect Moment with me. Such a beautiful song.