DIT Conservatory musicians selected to perform at Ceiliúradh at the Royal Albert Hall

23 April 2014: DIT Conservatory musicians had the honour of performing recently in “Ceiliúradh” (Celebration), the concert held in the Royal Albert Hall, London that was attended by President and Sabina Higgins and HRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

“A unique and intimate evening of shared stories, music, song and dance”, this concert was the cultural highlight of the four day State visit by President Higgins and "showcased the strong artistic and creative links that exist between Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as recognising the significant contribution of the Irish community in Britain”

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DIT Conservatory musicians Noel Eccles and Aimee Farrell Courtney were selected to perform in this once of concert with a host of guest artists including Paul Brady, Imelda May and Elvis Costello.  Renowned actress Fiona Shaw as well as journalists/broadcasters Dermot O'Leary, Olivia O’Leary and author Joseph O’Connor also participated in the event.

Speaking of the event Minister Deenihan commented:  "This is an important concert which will allow Irish creativity, performance and talent to shine as part of this historic visit”.   The audience included invited guests from across the political, economic, social and cultural sectors, as well as those who have contributed to the Irish community in Britain.  Tickets for the concert sold out quickly and proceeds from these sales will be used towards the support of future Irish cultural projects in Britain. Given the historic nature of the visit and its significance to the Irish community in Britain in particular, but also around the world, the event was streamed live on RTÉ Player (available worldwide). 

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