Donegal Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir perform a re-working of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince with narration by Little John Nee on RTÉjr Radio on Friday 18 May at 2pm. The concert will be available to listen to on RTÉjr Radio and it will also be videocast live on the RTÉjr Radio website.
Working from an existing text, composer Vincent Kennedy and writer, actor and musician Little John Nee were asked to write and perform an orchestral/narrated Donegal adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince. It is an exciting and beautiful performance of music and storytelling, directed by Raymond Keane. The performance will last for 50 minutes and explores the timeless themes of love, friendship and compassion.
The work has been commissioned by Donegal’s Public Art Office in partnership with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership and there will be an accompanying online education pack for schools who tune into the radio or log on to view the live feed of the performance from Studio 1 in the RTÉ Radio Centre.
RTÉjr Radio station editor Martina McGlynn says “The Happy Prince is fundamentally a story about kindness, and I’m happy to say that in this re-working of the story, that theme is very much still there, but in a modern context that the children of Ireland will identify with. It’s my hope that the broadcast and videocast will bring this wonderful story of The Happy Prince to as many children in Ireland as possible.”
Terre Duffy, Public Art Manager in the Donegal County Council says “This commissioning of The Happy Prince through the Public Art Program of Donegal County Council has been an incredible opportunity to bring together different creative forces to make this new magical and exquisite work and we are so excited that a work made in Donegal will be broadcast to the nation by RTEjr Radio.”
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