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Inishowen teens get 'Tuned In' 08.11.07

TEENS and young adults from Inishowen recently got the chance to participate in a unique project promoting peace through music.
Danielle McDermott from Carndonagh Community School - Photo courtesy John Soffe. The 'Tuned In - Peace through Music' camp took place over five days at the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre and encouraged youngsters, both from musical and non-musical backgrounds and from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone, to take part.
"Throughout the five-day residential programme, these groups worked together as one ensemble to rehearse a work commissioned specially for the project and to also create their own distinct piece of music from what they
learned and experienced," explained a spokesperson.
Throughout, the participants engaged in team/orchestra building through the excellent facilities offered by the Gartan Outdoor Education Centre. The aim was for the students to share information about their backgrounds and experiences in a relaxed and uninhibited environment, free of peer pressure.
The non-musicians taking part, worked with Lorna McLaughlin of The Henry Girls and the Inishowen Gospel Choir and music therapist Jo McAuley. The young musicians, meanwhile, worked with composer/conductor, Vincent Kennedy who has previously written and commissioned work on the peace and reconciliation theme. From left, Philip Canny, Derry and Patrick Lynch, Burnfoot - Photo courtesy John Soffe.
The project, funded by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region, culminated in a great performance at a packed Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on October 29.
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