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Christ Church Cathedral was the location for a unique celebration of Waterford’s Viking history at 11am on Friday 21st March. Students from five secondary schools performed twelve original compositions based on the city’s Viking heritage in a concert which was the culmination of six months’ work. Designed to nurture and develop the creative skills of students and to coincide with the city’s anniversary celebrations, the collaborative project was facilitated by poet Mark Roper, composer Eric Sweeney and Fadó Productions’ Kay Sinnott Browne. It was funded by Waterford City Council Arts Grants Scheme.
In September 2013, first and transition year classes from De la Salle College, Mount Sion, Newtown School, St. Paul’s College and Gaelcholaiste Phort Lairge were invited to compose twelve songs based on specific artefacts displayed at Reginald’s Tower, and Viking related themes. Research was undertaken as classes availed of free guided tours of the Tower. Under the guidance of poet and composer, and ably assisted by respective music teachers, the creative process began. Each composition is the manifestation of the students’ understanding of a culture, its people and a period in time, based on what was left behind. Each performance is a reflection of the individuality of the groups.