Boyle Arts Festival

The Boyle Arts Festival held in July this year, was noted for fines performances from students from the Conservatory at Dublin Institute of Technology.  This year’s festival drew huge crowds for all events but the biggest draw was, undoubtedly, the Chatham Saxophone Quartet consisting of recent graduates Darren Hatch and Daniel Dunne and current students Orlaith Cronin and Louis Boland.  All four are members of the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.  The recital took place in the Presbyterian Church in Boyle on Tuesday 28 July.

Also performing in the Presbyterian Church was the Trad Ensemble on Saturday 25 July, which was designated a  “La as Gaeilge”.  This group also did their bit for ecumenism in Boyle by playing at no less than three Sunday services: Methodist, Church of Ire land and Roman Catholic.  After a performance of the O’ Riada Mass in St Joseph’s Church Fergus Ahern, the festival administrator, thanked the DIT students for their participation and expressed a keen interest in keeping up the connection.

 The beautiful King House was the venue for  two vocal recitals . Rising tenor Ross Scanlon and soprano Helene Hutchinson gave recitals on Monday 27 and Wednesday 29, both accompanied on the Roscommon County Council Steinway by pianist Mary Scarlett.  Another  staff member, Dermot Dunne (with his  group Lunfardia) performed there on Monday 27 ,as did John Feeley on Friday 24.

 Other student recitals were given by Aine Balfe and Donal Adams on Thursday 23 July and by John O’ Shea on Friday 31 July.

 The students in the conservatory are grateful to be provided with the opportunity to display their talents at the Boyle Arts Festival every year. They have proved to be  wonderful ambassadors for the Conservatory and contribute in no small way to the promotion of DIT in front of international audiences.