Music City! Bringing the Derry air to life this Summer Solstice

Sky Orchestra is given a sound check in the skys above London. The Orchestra, which will see music played from hot air balloons over the Derry air, takes to local skies on Friday June 21 from 6,30am.

Sky Orchestra is given a sound check in the skys above London. The Orchestra, which will see music played from hot air balloons over the Derry air, takes to local skies on Friday June 21 from 6,30am.

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The City of Culture show takes to the skies next Friday, marking the Summer Solstice, with the launch of Music City!

Organisers have promised: “Events of all shapes and sizes, with every street, venue, community centre and school getting in on the act.”

A multitude of musical events begin with a Dawn Chorus at Grianan of Aileach. Performed by the Inishowen Gospel Choir, the chorus at the monument will begin a series of events which promises to be bigger, involve more people and will certainly be louder than both the Colmcille pageant and BBC Radio One Big Weekend.

The Derry air will literally come alive to the sound of music as seven hot air balloons play a unique piece of music composed by Luke Jerram. The balloons take to the skies from 6.30am. Other events include a music festival ‘Sounds from this City Vs Sounds from Cities on the Edge’ at Ebrington. In a special link up with Serbia’s leading music festival, EXIT, City of Culture programmers have booked a number of leading bands from the Baltics. Derry’s musicians, as we’ve come to expect, have not been overlooked. Among the locals featured, are Little Bear, Best Boy Grip, Wyldling and Paddy Nash.

The community outreach project ‘The Music Promise’ also culminates with a number of open air performances in Waterloo Street, Newmarket and Foyleside from 9.30am, Friday. The young ‘promise’ participants will also be joined on stage by City of Culture musician in residence, Neil Cowley.

Chief Executive of Culture Company 2013, Shona McCarthy said: “Music City! promises to be one of the highlights of 2013.

“We know Derry is a city of music and this will be a day to celebrate that like no other. This will not be a day for sleeping. Music City! will shine a spotlight on thousands of musicians, both amateur and professional, as the whole city becomes a stage.

“There will be hundreds of free musical performances across streets, squares, neighbourhoods, and venues.”

For the full programme of the Music City! don’t miss the free booklet in today’s edition of the Derry Journal.