Meet Mr John Walsh
John Walsh has taken the helm at Lourdes Youth Brass as their new conductor. John, a hugely accomplished musician, began his musical studies as a member of the Artane Boy’s Band and subsequently studied Trumpet with Mr. Josef Csibi at the College of Music, Dublin. Under Mr. Graham Hastings (Principal Trumpet – National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland), he completed an Honour’s degree in music performance (Trinity College Dublin). Further study was taken with Mr. David Mason (Royal College of Music – London), Mr. Raymond Mase (Chair of Brass at Julliard School for Performing Arts, New York), and at masterclasses with Mr. John Wallace. In June 2007, he completed a Masters degree in Performance and Musicology, at NUI Maynooth.John has performed many solo recitals and regularly with The R.T.E. Concert Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Cecilia, The Orlando Chamber Orchestra, and The Irish Baroque Orchestra.

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Lourdes Youth Brass' First Win
In July Lourdes Youth Brass, our youth band, entered their first ever competition, and with their conductor Mr Mark Shortt were crowned the South of Ireland Champions by scooping 1st place in the Junior of the S.o.I Band Championships held in Clonakilty. The adjudicator at the event was Captain Brain Prendergast, of the Army Band. LYB put in a lot of preparation and worked hard to get to their first competition performance, where the faced tough competition from seven competing bands. They opened their program with the march “Slaidburn” by William Rimmer, followed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” by featuring soloists Lucy O’Malley and Adele Maguire. To complete their programme they set the hall wild with the jungle sounds of “African Funk” featuring soloist Tara Shortt, with a backing feature of bongos and a whole manner of percussion. Capt. Brain Prendergast awarded LBB2 first place in the Junior Section and highly commended their performance and that of their soloists. This was a significant achievement for all involved and a huge accomplishment for their conductor Mark Shortt who led them to success.

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