Interview to Aoife Corcoran on 4 October 2020.
Aoife is 15 years old and the member of Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble.
I started playing harp when Music Generation Laois introduced harp lessons to my primary school. I loved the sound of the harps, so I started lessons. Music Generation Laois informed me of the harp ensemble, so I decided to join that, too.
I have an hour lesson with the harp ensemble and a 30 minute private lesson with two other people. We usually play the piece we learned the previous week and then we start on a new piece. I enjoy the lessons and you get a lot done in time you have at them. Music Generation Laois are outstanding. They have provided so many opportunities for people, especially young people.
I don’t really have a preference to what type of music I like, but I love Michael Rooney’s pieces. His pieces mainly consist of 10th in the left hand. I like them because its upbeat and I like his style of music.
I like to draw and sing. I enjoy dancing, especially Irish dancing. I like to go on walks and play with my dog. I like to meet up with my friends regularly, too.
My favorite class is art. I love to draw and I like making art objects, too. In the art class we study art history, work on drawings and create artwork. My favorite activity would be basketball after school. We do warm-ups and then we do a practice match. I love hanging out with my friends there and I enjoy going to the matches.
I think the zoom lesson was handy as I didn’t have to travel for harp lessons. The only issue I found from using it was if your internet connection was bad, you couldn’t hear what other people were saying. Other than that the zoom was a good idea. During pandemic, I usually go for walks or I help my dad on the farm. I also play with my dog a lot.
I like to go for a walk along the grand canal in Laois as the view around you is breath taking. I love to go to the Rock of Dunamaise in Portlaoise as the view from that height is amazing. Laois is my home place, so that’s why it’s special to me. Michael was great fun to work with. He is funny and we got a lot of tunes learned while we were working with him.
One memory was when we were out in Edinburgh, Scotland for a harp festival. We did lots of fun staff while we were there. I remember we all sat down to watch the jungle book while eating pizza.
My dream is to become a vet. I love animals and I would love to work with animals. Another job I’m interested in is a secondary school teacher. I’d hope to become a geography and art teacher.
In Japan I would like to go sightseeing and shopping. I hope the concerts go well and that the people enjoy the music we play for them. I would tell the Japanese audience to enjoy the concert and to be open minded to other cultures such as us Irish people.