Sestina celebrates partnership with Exitex.
Over 30 children participate in Next Generation programme.
Sestina, the Belfast based early music ensemble, is this week celebrating the announcement that Dundalk based construction company Exitex will support the delivery of their Next Generation programme for a second year. Exitex has supported Sestina’s mentorship of young artists with £40,000 per year since 2013, and funding for this new programme was initially achieved through the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme which is focused on bringing like-minded businesses to partner and support the arts.
Already in the first year of the programme, Next Generation has supported young singers through a series of workshops exploring skills such as audition technique and choral singing, and has given two young singers the opportunity to deliver their own solo recitals. In addition, 30 children worked with education facilitators and professional Baroque musicians to create their own version of Handel’s Theodora.
Commenting on the success of the partnership, Ciara Burnell from Sestina, said;
“Partnering with Exitex has been wonderful for us. The support for young people through the funding from Mark and his team has been amazing and has enabled us to do so much enabling local singers to reach out and engage local children in music and singing, the majority of whom have never had exposure to this wonderful early music repertoire’. The feedback from all participants, children, families and singers has been so positive, proving that programmes like the next Generation really can make an impact.”
Commenting on the partnership with Sestina, Mark Allport, Director of Exitex added;
“As a business delivering excellence for our customers, the partnership with Sestina Music, supported by Arts & Business NI, helps us to deliver excellence in music and song for young people too. This is not in any way a natural place for us, however we love seeing the results that this partnership has helped to create, and it is brilliant to know our funding is laying the foundations for, we hope, the ‘Next Generation’ of Sestina performers.”
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.