The last few months have been hectics ones to say the least for Ardee Concert Band. They held a workshop weekend in August with Paul Lovatt Cooper from the UK. Paul is the most sought after composer with one of the most superb talents in music of his generation. Paul Lovat-Cooper’s musical works have been performed to sell-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall as well as Australia’s Sydney Opera House. Paul is in high demand as a soloist, conductor, lecturer and composer and continues to enjoy performing, conducting and composing for a variety of ensembles, festivals and media projects all round the world. “This was a very enjoyable feature of the bands engagement list and everyone had fun which is what this organisation is all about,” said a band spokesperson.
The band have recently played in the National Concert Hall, as part of an Anniversary Tribute Show: “A Tribute to Elvis” in aid of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harolds Cross. The show comprised a full piece band made up of members from Ardee and The Lourdes Brass Band Drogheda, along with two choirs, The Maynooth Gospel Choir and The Millicent Singers from Clane in Kildare. They came together to celebrate 60 years rock ‘n’ roll with a tribute to its founder, Elvis Presley. The show featured Anthony Bradley as Elvis and his backing singers and the electric back line also rocked the audience to Elvis’ 20 numbers sang on the night. New and original arrangements of music were specially written by composer and conductor for the evening Brendan Breslin. There was a huge buzz on and off stage on the night and in the lead up to the concert, and everyone enjoyed the night immensely. “It was a huge honour to be able to play in such a special venue as the National Concert Hall,” said Sinéad Nutley, band PRO.
Ardee Concert Band are also currently looking for new members, aged 8 years and over, to start lessons on the recorder and possibly other instruments. An enrolment night will take place in the band room at the rear of the Bohemian Centre, Ash Walk, Ardee, on Monday 15 September at 7.30pm sharp. The band’s church gate collection took place last weekend. The band committee express their sincere thanks for all support.