€11,000 grant for unique Symphony for the Blind

€11,000 grant for unique Symphony for the Blind

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The Arts Council has awarded €11,100 to Clare County Council under the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme, to devise a unique music project with the Irish Memory Orchestra and 3L; an online music education resource which aims to empower and support visually impaired musicians.

The Arts Council confirmed the award as part of their ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ scheme aimed at Local Authorities, which promotes unique collaborations through working better together and promoting access to and engagement with the arts.

The money will be used to test and design a new composition called Symphony for the Blind with the support for the National Council for the Blind and Arts and Disability Ireland. The project will be led by Dave Flynn of the Irish Memory Orchestra and Brian McGill of 3L and represents a unique approach to composition and music education, through braille and audio learning.

Speaking at the launch on Friday July 21st, in the dlr Lexicon, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: “We recently put a call out to local authorities across the country looking to support ambitious ways of collaborating and engaging communities in arts projects. I am delighted to confirm that Clare County Council was one of the successful applicants and I’m confident this funding will help foster a unique collaboration between musicians and support equitable participation in the arts for all our citizens, the outcome of which will no doubt be of national interest.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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