A choir of seven Music Generation Young Ambassadors, including four young singers from Carlow, joined U2 guitarist The Edge in making history as they performed live at the Sistine Chapel, Rome, on Saturday, 30 April as part of a conference on regenerative medicine, Cellular Horizons. Abbie Kelly (age 13, Straboe), Cillian Dooley (age 16, Carlow), Katie Brennan (age 14, Pollerton) and Joe Jennings (age 16, Nurney) were joined by young singers from Mayo and Cork City for this momentous occasion – the first ever performance by a contemporary artist at the Vatican venue.
The choir, which was specially formed for the concert, performed a cover of Leonard Cohen’s If It Be Your Will as well as versions of U2 songs Yahweh, Ordinary Love and Walk On, together with The Edge on acoustic guitar and vocals.
Abbie, Cillian, Katie and Joe are each members of the Aspiro Choir in Carlow and also participate in Music Generation Carlow programmes, supported locally by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board and Carlow County Council. The young singers were invited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event as Music Generation Young Ambassadors – a programme that offers hundreds of young musicians’ valuable opportunities to perform at national and international events each year.
In the weeks leading up to this very special concert, Abbie, Cillian, Katie, Joe and three other talented choir members came together to rehearse under the direction of Musical Director and Arranger Dawn Kenny.
Speaking of the performance, Music Generation Carlow Coordinator Paula Phelan said: “We are all extremely proud of these four young singers and thrilled to have been able to partner with Aspiro to extend their musical experiences in this unique and special way. They have all been incredible ambassadors for Music Generation, for Aspiro and for every aspiring young singer in Carlow. To have this amazing chance to perform on an international stage with such a highly-regarded artist is something that most young people could only dream of. We know that they’ll remember it for years to come.”
Music Generation National Director Rosaleen Molloy said: “I would like to congratulate these wonderful young people on their stunning performance. It has been such a privilege for Music Generation to have been invited to be part of this prestigious event together with The Edge – a remarkable opportunity for all seven young musicians to bring their talents to an international stage. Truly they have done both Music Generation and their country proud. We look forward to following their bright musical journeys in the future.”
On the night the choir performed with The Edge to a group of around 200 doctors, researchers and philanthropists who were attending the ‘Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact’ at the Vatican.
Aoife Lucey, Communications Manager, Music Generation
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