Music students from Londonderry and Limavady were among those to receive awards at the Education Authority west region Music Service prize-giving.
The event was staged at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, and the event was used to showcase pupils performing music on a wide range of instruments at different stages of musical development.
Rebecca Mulhern, on flute, from Thornhill College, Londonderry, Chloe Eagleson (cornet) Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar and the Western Region Music Service string quartet, Laura Kennedy (violin) of Lumen Christi, Londonderry, Patrick McCrystal (violin), Dominic Loughrey (viola) and Jonathan Kirke (cello) from Omagh, were the soloists, who gave outstanding performances to a packed theatre. They were accompanied on the piano by Marie Batchelor, and displayed exemplary levels of musicianship and technical virtuosity.
The EA western region Music Service Omagh Junior and Intermediate wind bands and preparatory and junior string orchestras entertained the audience with classics such as ‘Music for the Royal Fireworks’, ‘Tequila’, ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ and ‘Thriller’.
Dónal Doherty, Head of Music Services, EA Western and Southern Regions, presented awards to over 30 high achieving exam pupils from the past academic year. He thanked the parents, pupils and tutors for their support and work throughout the year.
The Western Region Music Service Folk and Traditional Group brought the evening to a rousing end with an enthusiastic medley of Irish Folk music.
The Western Region Music Service was delighted with the appreciative response.