We’re delighted to be welcoming the players of ‘Wilmington Strings Attached’ to the cathedral tomorrow (17th) at 1.15pm.
As usual admission is included in the normal cathedral entry fee.
They will be playing the following:
- Entrance of the Queen of Sheba- Handel
- Tour of California- Silva
- Golden Fields- Silva
- Brandenburg Concerto #3 Second mvt- Bach
- Danny Boy- Traditional
- Jupiter- Holst
- Arioso- Bach
- Music from the Royal Fireworks- Handel
- Rolling In The Deep- Adele
- The Water Is Wide- Traditional
Wilmington Strings is a course of study in Wilmington, Massachusetts Public Schools from grades 4-12 under the direction of Ward Dilmore. Wilmington is a small and very close-knit community situated just north of Boston. Its people are dedicated to their families, their schools, and their neighbours in the community.
Wilmington High School Strings has performed in two Italy concert tours, two France concert tours, an Austrian concert tour, an England concert tour, and this marks their second Ireland concert tour.
As American Musical Ambassadors, Wilmington Strings in collaboration with Encore Tours has sought to exchange cultural values in every country they visit. Each student musician prepares musically for two years, and each student is personally responsible for their tour expenses. Gaining a greater awareness of the world, and ultimately of themselves is the goal of Wilmington Strings. Maturity, sophistication, an awareness and respect of others, and a unity of a profound purpose are all goals of this orchestra.
Prior to visiting Ireland, the orchestra was received in a solemn ceremony at their State House by the government officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and each student obtained ambassadorial letters of greeting for their Ireland hosts, as well as personal commendations and citations from their Legislature.
As students, it is the goal of Wilmington Strings members to attain the title “Citizens of the World.” For many in the orchestra, this concert tour is a return to their homeland, and for all members, it is a time to honor the countless contributions of the Irish people throughout the world, and especially the Irish descendents in the United States. We are all grateful for the welcome we are to receive in the Emerald Isle
*Wilmington Strings is performing music that reflects the music of the United States and its scenic and cultural beauty.
One such piece is Golden Fields, an evocative and peaceful work that describes the vastness of the middle of America with its millions of golden acres of grain. Tour of California is another musical piece that reflects the vibrancy and spirit of America’s largest state, with its mountains, its bustling cities, and its shoreline.
Realizing that many in the US come from other countries, and honoring the many cultures that are an essential part of its cultural make-up, the group is also performing many classics from European masters, such as Handel’s The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, Music from the Royal Fireworks, and an excerpt from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3.
Jupiter, by England’s Gustav Holst is another homage to the members of the orchestra who hail from Britain.
The orchestra is proud to present a beautiful version of the Irish classic, Danny Boy.
And being teens, they are delighted to perform a contemporary version of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.
Their conductor, Ward Dilmore, has led the students on ten international concert tours to promote goodwill among America’s stalwart friends in the world. Believing that teachers should “practice what they preach,” Mr. Dilmore will perform a solo piece on ‘cello. He was trained in cello studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, USA, and has six albums of original music on iTunes and Amazon.com.
At the conclusion of each performance, Wilmington, Massachusett’s Strings Attached close their concert with the Scottish classic The Water Is Wide. Their motto is :The Best Things In Life Have Strings Attached, and it is their hope that the bonds that they form with their Irish friends will be the tie that binds them together in harmony for a lifetime.