ARMAGH PIPERS CLUB ANNUAL CONCERT & BOOK LAUNCH SUNDAY 11th 2012 MARCH
To celebrate their 45th Anniversary 1966 - 2011 the Armagh Pipers Club published a hard back book documenting the history of the club from its small beginnings in the 1960’s to the present day with 250 pupils and a worldwide reputation for musical excellence.
The book has been designed and printed in Armagh by designer Paul Eliasberg and local printer Trimprint Ltd. Paul is in charge of all design work for Armagh Pipers Club including the website www.armaghpipers.org while the club’s policy regarding printing work has always been to support home industry wherever possible.
The book launch took place during the annual concert on Sunday 11th March in the Marketplace Theatre. As usual the annual concert featured all 250 pupils of all ages organised in multi-instrumental groups and singing groups under the direction of the club’s staff of 33 tutors.
The concert showcases the work of the club throughout the year and reinforces its status as a world renowned ‘Academy of Music Excellence’ further underpinned by almost 40 years of music publications which have now spread all over the world.
The last year has been a year of achievement for the club and its members with many high profile invitations to play at world renowned festivals such as Celtic Connections and Piping Live in Glasgow as well performances at the Internationally respected William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh. The club has performed locally as well in Armagh’s two highly regarded cultural Festivals the John Hewitt Festival and Charles Wood Festival. Groups from the club have performed over the last year in the Waterfront Hall and Belfast City Hall where they entertained guests at the British Transplant Games. Just recently the group Ioscaid which includes four members of the club won the BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year award to become only the second Irish winners of this prestigious title. The first Irish recipient was Jarlath Henderson from Armagh Pipers Club as well now working as a doctor in Glasgow.
In the last year also the club members recorded a very successful CD entitled Re-Seisiun’ in a collaboration with the students and staff of the Southern Regional College Music Technology Department. Club members are active throughout the year with new young groups like ‘Siodá’ , ‘Reel it in’, ‘Armagh Pipers Club Big Band’, ‘Macha’ and ‘Cuig’ getting invitations to play all over Ireland and outside Ireland.
Many of the past pupils are now well respected professional musicians playing in high profile groups like ‘Lunasa’ ,‘Buille’, ‘Kam’, ‘Flook’, and ‘The Karan Casey Band’ to mention a few.
The annual concert had several spectacular presentations, starting off with the combined forces of all the beginner groups and their tutors with almost 100 performers on the stage. The concert continued with smaller groups and soloists and the final presentation featured the Armagh Pipers Club Big Band and the Armagh Pipers Club tutors who brought the concert to a rousing finish.
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