In February 2020 the friendship through music programme Japan – Northern Ireland began and was developed by lead partners Min-On Music & Research Institute Japan and Beyond Skin.
The partnership is a legacy outcome from Anne O’Donoghue Arts Council of Northern Ireland award Beyond Skin CEO Darren Ferguson received in 2019. Anne O’Donoghue’s legacy is significant joining the Play Resource Warehouse in 1984 where she remained as a committed director for thirty years championing Community Arts practice in Northern Ireland. The award was set up in Anne’s memory.
C&S Music School Japan and Glengormley High School where Darren was a student, are partnered through the project. The project has now produced a song, Far Away”.
To compliment the release of the song promotional T-Shirts have been manufactured and distributed in Japan designed by Sienna Wilgus (age 13) from Glengormley High School
The creative process entailed students from both schools deciding on a melody and structure. Students from Glengormley High wrote the lyrics and students from C&S Music School performed the song.
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