Viking Voices is an exciting Creative Arts Programme for Music, Poetry and Heritage Collaboration between 1st and Transition Year students in Waterford. It seeks to expand the students’ knowledge of Waterford’s Viking heritage, to guide them in developing their research creatively and to promote collaboration between different ages and abilities. The programme is also designed to nurture and develop the creative skills of Transition Year students in music and poetry composition, culminating in the writing and performing of twelve songs. Viking Voices will be facilitated by composer Dr Eric Sweeney, poet Mark Roper and Fadó Productions Manager, Kay Sinnott Browne. The resulting product of this collaboration, two songs from each school, will be performed at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford on Friday 21st March 2014. The concert will coincide with the city’s anniversary celebrations.
The programme commenced in September with five Waterford secondary schools participating: De la Salle College, St. Paul’s Community College, Newtown School, Mount Sion and Gaelcholaiste Phort Lairge.
October saw students compose nine poems based on the following artefacts currently on display at Reginald’s Tower: Kite Brooch, Pin, Dog Collar, Curfew Bowl, Flute, Broken Sword, Comb and Coin.
Photographs by courtesy of Waterford Treasures.
Three additional poems have been composed on the Long Ship, Anvil and an Inhabitant (of this place); all portraying different aspects of Viking life in Waterford 1100 years ago.
Currently students are busy composing music to accompany the poems…
Watch our last Music & Poetry Composition Programm 2012