Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sounding Board set to continue for another year

Sounding Board, Sligo LEADER’s music technology programme for young people, has been given an extension by its funders, the International Fund for Ireland.

This follows a great summer of activities with praise given by participants, parents and schools.

Some participants took part in Cairde 2012, performing in the Peace Fest. They were Brian Candon, Jack Casey, Milo Cummins, Nathan Healey and Kealan Mitchell Hughes.

July 16 to 19 was the summer scheme in Grange and Fermanagh with workshops in music technology, guitar tuition and animation.

Then serving the south and west of the county, these workshops were held in Enniscrone and Tubbercurry, Aug 13 to 17. Young people, ages 12 to 18 came from across the area to learn how to play guitar, record their own music, compose sound tracks and make a short animated film. A showcase for family and friends closed both summer schemes.

This summer’s RAPP Leadership and Youthwork training programme had 10 graduates. All of them completed the 90 hours leading to an Open College Network Diploma. Sessions were delivered by YMCA and were held as residential weekends at Share and Tanagh Outdoor Centres.

Majella Flanagan, Sounding Board Development Worker describes some of the best things about the summer.

“Our summer schemes were oversubscribed with lots of news faces as well as many returning participants taking part. The programmes all ran very well with the help of staff at Grange Post Primary, SE Fermanagh Foundation, St Attracta’s Community School and Jesus and Mary Secondary Schools. Thanks to the great tutors we had to really got so much out of the young people: Ray Coen, John Crowe, Paul Cunningham, Kwa Daniels and the rest of bouncinDJ.

Congratulations also to our fine graduates who all worked so hard to complete their RAPP diplomas. They are Brian Candon, Jack Casey

Darragh Downes, Rachel Flannery, Bronagh Gawley, Martin Durcan, Sean Martin, Cian Medlar, Shona O’Dowd and Naoisa Trotter. They come from rural Sligo and Fermanagh and are a great bunch of young people.”

Thanks to this continued support from funders IFI, more music and performance activities are planned for Halloween and Christmas. If you would like to hear more about Sounding Board 2012 to 2013, contact Majella Flanagan on 071 9141138 or mflanagan@sligoleader.com

Please also visit facebook and Vimeo Sounding Board Sligo to hear some of the music composed and films made this summer.

Sounding Board