Derry’s Musical Heritage


Derry’s Musical Heritage

We are reporting for BBC news, and we are Mairead, Jessica, Deana and Rebecca and junior pupils at St.Marys College. We are working on a report on Derry’s Musical Heritage. We have emailed a number of people for example Ben Kelly, Michael Bradley from the undertones and the Nerve Centre. We have gathered a lot of information and research to help us do this report. Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be held in Ebrington Square, Derry/Londonderry. As it takes place it will be broadcast live on BBC3. The event will last for 3 days and it consists of music, dance and Radio 1’s extras which will be held daily at the Nerve Centre. It will take place on the 24th of May to the 26th Of May 2013. There is no cost for this event. Before the concert young people in Derry will be invited to attend Radio 1’s extra academy between the 13th and the 17th of May. Derry holds a number of festivals and concerts the most famous which is the jazz festival, Derry is the city of jazz and it takes place each year, on the May bank holiday. Derry City Council promises a five day programme, jam packed with festival favourites along with some of the biggest stars and newest names on the jazz scene, it will be the biggest festival to celebrate the city’s city of culture! The festival now attracts over 35,000 people to the city and this high energy music event is enjoyed by visitors and locals alike! Since it started over twelve years ago, the festival has got bigger it now includes jive, swing, boogie, dance and rhythm. A big part of the festival success is its ability to attract new artists and new audiences each year from all around the world. Another big concert is Sons and Daughters. It began the year long celebration of the UK City of Culture. Local artists from Derry performed, Damian McGinty, Nadine Coyle and lots more. The event was staged in ‘The Venue’ in Ebrington Square. On the 6th of March we invited Michael Bradley from The Undertones to come to our school so that we could interview him. We asked him how he thought music has changed. He told us ‘there are a lot more bands these days than there was when I was 15/16, the instruments were more expensive back then and we had to order the records and now a days kids just listen to it or download it from the internet!’ He then added that ‘when we were asked to perform at the Sons and Daughters concert we all just laughed because we never played with Dana or Phil Coulter, it was very important to us. Also we have never been in the tent also known as ‘The Venue’ All we had to do was to turn up play two songs and we would be on T.V It was great!’ Finally we asked what was his opinion on One Directions version of Teenage Kicks, ‘I don’t really have an opinion on it because I think it’s stupid that people were getting angry at the television, and there were tweets about it all over twitter!’ Since 1922 Féis Dhoire Cholmcille has welcomes thousands of young people and adults through its doors. The Féis currently attracts more and more people overseas. It takes place over the Easter break, thousands of people many of them children and teenagers will take part in a range of competitions raging from traditional Irish and even hip-hop dancing. The three adjudicators this year will be an opera singer and a director of ballet. The féis are inviting all the past competitors to take part in a special reception to mark the City of Culture on the 6th of April. As you can see Derry has a rich musical heritage and is not just about the past but about the future!