12 July 2018 – 11 talented young music graduates, from The Liber8 Music Project, performed at the CHQ Building in Customs House Quay for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who were in Dublin this week on their first official foreign trip as a married couple. The students, aged between 14 and 17, participated in the ground-breaking 10-week after school music programme, which is the result of a collaboration between The Digital Hub and the BIMM Institute Dublin.
The young people, all living within and around the historic Liberties area of Dublin 8, performed three well-known hits, Rolling in the deep by Adele, Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran and Read my mind by the Killers, as well as an original song based on Stand by me for the newlyweds. They followed the performances of 2 bands from BIMM: Moon Looks On and Leila Jane.
The Liber8 Music Project was included in the itinerary of the Royal Couple as this newly established programme, is a unique vehicle for young people living in Dublin city to be introduced to and to develop their creativity and musical talents, while developing life skills and experiencing a third level college environment.
Over the course of 10 weeks, participants complete three modules: Music Styles, Introduction to Performance Techniques and Introduction to Recording and Design. The programme also gives young people the opportunity to engage with some of Dublin’s most well-known musicians as tutors, including Kieran McGuinness, lead singer and guitarist from Delorentos and Louise McNamara, vocalist and guitarist in the twin sister duo group Heathers. The students enter the course often without any musical experience or access to musical instruments, and by the end of the ten weeks, they perform a concert in front of family, friends, and members of the community!
Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub: “We are delighted to see one of our community learning initiatives included in the itinerary for today’s Royal visit. It is entirely fitting that this very special programme and its talented participants receive an international audience. We are enormously proud of our support of The Liber8 Music Project, which ensures that young people from the community here in the Liberties can immerse themselves in a creative environment while being introduced to cutting-edge digital skills.”
Kieran Mc Guinness, The Liber8 Music Project course director and Lecturer at BIMM Institute Dublin said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of the students on The Liber8 Music Project. The students have been working so hard in preparation for today and were extremely excited to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Liber8 project provides opportunities for students to be exposed to life at a third level college, while developing their interests and skills. Today’s performance for the Duke and Duchess is a once in a lifetime experience and everyone at BIMM and The Digital Hub is delighted to be part of it.”