On Sunday evening last 25th September ’16, Portarlington Branch CCÉ held a Concert in the CYMS Concert Hall, Mountmellick to present SCT Certs to those Musicians who took part in the exams earlier this year.
A large crowd of happy people, musicians and their families, assembled for the occasion which was admirably organised by our Music class organiser, Gerry Conway.
He was ably assisted by our Branch Secretary, Shirley Conway who had prepared the Certificates and Class awards and looked after the door and refreshments.
The Certs and Awards were presented by Branch Cathaoirleach, Robert Gleeson. The presentation took the form of a Concert and everyone who wished gave a performance of high standard. At the urging of Gerry, the Cathaoirleach was prevailed on to play some pieces with some of the fiddlers on stage.
He thanked Gerry and Shirley for their continuing hard work on behalf of the Branch and also the Hall Committee and Ger. Lynch who opened and prepared the hall.
In making the presentations, the Cathaoirleach asked the musicians on stage to be aware always of the help given by their Parents and Siblings who act as taxis and general supporters for them in their musical journey. All Musicians gave a big round of applause for this. In complementing all the Musicians for their high standards both in the exams and performance that evening, he also stressed the need for continued practice. It is, as he said, a case of Practice, Practice and More Practice.
The evening drew to a close with all playing a set of Polkas in a forceful, lively fashion. More Photos here.