In a most beautiful family run hotel in the town of Papa, Hungary, an impromptu Irish traditional night of music and dancing was held recently by members of the County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra, to round off a very successful concert tour on the eve of their return to Ireland.
During their stay in Hungary, the orchestra performed on Hungarian T.V. and in three concerts, two of them in the town of Papa and one in a Synagogue in Gyor. All of the concerts were well attended thanks to arrangements made by Hungarian friends and music colleagues of the orchestra’s Conductor Michael John Ryan who introduced each concert with a greeting in Hungarian to the delight of the audience.
Special thanks are due to Music Teacher Katalin Nagy and her husband Treebo Nagy, Principal of the Papa School of Music and Cellist Peter Varay, who also acted as a guide in the city of Gyor. All the orchestra’s needs were well catered for, the hotel accommodation was excellent and the staff friendly and anything requested was granted without any fuss, even the use of three Cellos and a Steinway Grand Piano, which was used in the Synagogue. Musically, it was fabulous.
The orchestral sound was tops. All the members of the CTRYO are to be commended for the orchestra’s performances which won loud and sustained applause at all the concerts. In addition to The March from Carmen, Farrandole, The Radetzsky March and other classical favourites the orchestra’s concert programme included an Irish section with Traditional Music and Dance which was very well received.
As well as Brahm’s Hungarian Dance no 5 which was by far the most popular piece and brought the most applause, the Orchestra performed a gentle Hungarian Folk song which brought a wave of song from the audience, especially in the synagogue. During the week the Hungarians gave generously of time and effort and even treated members of the orchestra to a session of Hungarian Folk Dancing.
Sight-seeing trips included guided tours of the town of Papa, with it’s baroque castle and it’s historic Church where members availed of the opportunity to climb the winding stairs of the bell-tower to ring the bell. All were very impressed with the Beautiful city of Budapest and it’s Heroes Square and the viewing points overlooking the Danube as well as the architectural beauty of it’s buildings, Opera Houses and majestic castles, parks and squares in the beautiful city of Gyor in Hungary and the magnificience of Vienna in Austria, with it’s famous Schonbrunnen Palace which was also visited.
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