Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has seen unprecedented growth since it’s foundation in 2007. The branch now has over 250 members and 13 teachers actively participating in, and passing on, our music, song and dance traditions in the area. With 47 classes scheduled two nights each week in Coláiste Ráithín, the branch is very active and is one of the fastest growing branches in the Leinster area. Comhaltas in Bray provides the focal point for community action. The branches are more than simply local music schools. Comhaltas provides the “nursery” setting in which young students spend most of their formative years learning and perfecting their art forms, while developing an attachment and commitment to our rich cultural heritage that will stay with them throughout their lives. Pupils learning instrumental music are introduced to other art forms such as singing and dancing.
The branch Seisiún and other branch events brings people together in an enjoyable setting and provides an invaluable opportunity for players to perfect their art. The branch also acts as an important meeting point, where the coming together of young and old ensures the passing on of the traditions, and where the use of Irish is encouraged in an everyday setting.
It takes many years of learning and immersion in the traditions to become accomplished musician. The long-term commitment required to providing quality tuition depends on having a strong local branch structure in place to foster and support emerging talent.
TWINING PROGRAM As part of the on going development of the branch Bray Comhaltas will be twinned with Comhaltas branches in Connaught and Ulster. Such partnerships can be richly rewarding, encouraging cooperation between members and providing opportunities to foster friendships. Visits to and from twinned branch will take place during the term.