THE wonderful work carried out by Music Generation Cork City was recently recognised and rewarded in the most special way.
A donation of €600 from Cork native and internationally-acclaimed musician, Aisling Casey was made to the organisation. The donation was made on behalf of the Amsterdam St Patrick’s Festival, of which Aisling is artistic director and co-founder.
Currently principal oboist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, Aislingoriginally began her studies at CIT Cork School of Music, before travelling the world to train with some of the best mentors in the business. She continues to serve as a visiting lecturer at Cork School of Music and is dedicated to the growth and development of Cork’s musical talent and community.
Aisling’s donation will go towards the purchase of new wind instruments for the students of Music Generation Cork City and will benefit those who take part in their many programmes. More than 2,000 children and teenagers access Music Generation Cork City partner programmes.
Budding flautist Mya Nangha, who is a member of Mahon Community Concert Band, accepted the gift on behalf of Music Generation Cork City at a recent presentation ceremony. Mya is learning to play flute through Cork Academy of Music in partnership with Music Generation Cork City.
Following the presentation, Aisling commented on the importance of encouraging the youth of today to get involved in music, saying: “It gives me such joy to see young people like Mya learning to play music and to share this talent and passion with their peers.
“Organisations such as Music Generation Cork City are integral to the development of a love of music within young children and to the continuous nurturing of raw talent and skill. I’m delighted to contribute to this in some small way and I hope that Music Generation Cork City will continue their amazing work for many years to come.”