Cookstown Youth Choir set to perform at Olympic festival event in Belfast

Some of the members of Cookstown Youth Choir pictured with composer Brian Irvine during rehearsals at the T13 building in Belfast.

Some of the members of Cookstown Youth Choir pictured with composer Brian Irvine during rehearsals at the T13 building in Belfast.

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MEMBERS of Cookstown Youth Choir are currently in the final stages of rehearsing for a performance as part of a huge choral and orchestral performance which will take place in Belfast on Saturday.

The event marks the launch of NEST which is an ‘Artists Taking The Lead’ project for the London 2012 Festival, funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland- it is the largest public art commission ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.

NEST is a huge collection of objects, stories and sounds gathered from hundreds of homes across the province. The labelled objects form a huge installation/exhibition at T13 in the heart of the Titanic quarter in Belfast.

These objects and their accompanying stories have also been the inspiration for a musical piece by acclaimed composer, Brian Irvine and writer, filmmaker and stage director John McIlduff.

Over the past number of weeks Brian has been working with the Ulster Youth Orchestra and a specially formed community chorus made up of singers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from all over Northern Ireland, including members of Cookstown Youth Choir.

From his very first rehearsal with the choir, Brian was so impressed with them that he decided to compose a piece especially for them, which they will perform on their own during this Saturday’s event.

The performances will take place on Saturday 21st July at the T13 building in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast between 4-6pm and again between 8-10pm.

Admission is free but by ticket only, which can be booked on www.2012nest.com.