SMF Concert in N. Ireland!

July 23, 2012 | By wickley wickley

Youth Volunteers (In black) and Children (in Blue) Perform "Tony Chestnut"



























Our NI concert was a great success!  Not all of the children in our program were able to perform because the concert was held one week after the end of school and many were on holiday with their parents.  But those who were there were amazing, and did a fantastic job.  Catholic and Protestant children who have been together for classes are now friends.  It’s awesome.  These photos are a much better description

of the concert than my words.  On the sides I’ll show a few comments written by children on a survey they filled in before the concert.

 

Harmonica Players Performing

 

 

 

“Liz, you changed my life.  First I thought harmonica was really boring but then I changed my mind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Popcorn Popping"

 

 

 















“I really enjoyed it.  I can now play music.”

 

 

 

Catholic and Protestant Children Playing Game Before Concert

 

Did the music program change your feelings, thoughts, or ideas about Catholics or Protestants?

“Yes, because I have made best friends!”

 

 

 

 

"Tony Chestnut"























Did the music program change your feelings, thoughts, or ideas about Catholics or Protestants?

 

 

“Yes, because they are very nice.”

"Posing" Before the Concert

 

 

 

Did the music program change your feelings, thoughts, or ideas about Catholics or Protestants?

 
“Yes, because it made me more confident.”  

Awesome N. Ireland Adult and Teenage Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 















“I love the teachers”

 

“I love it and want to do it next time”!
 

Thank you so much to all of the centers who participated–EAST BELFAST MISSION, AN DROICHEAD, and  ST. VINCENT DE PAUL–and to the wonderful volunteers at each center who attended twice-weekly training with me as well as running classes for the children.  Special thanks to those who traveled to other centers to help the children work on their music.  I love you all and hope you have seen what a difference you have made in these childrens’ lives.