Consultation on music legacy

A consultation looking at how the city can maximize the long-term music legacy of the UK City of Culture 2013 will be held in St Columb’s Hall next week.

The open consultation, to be held next week on Wednesday, November 6, will reflect on the key music events and projects of the City of Culture for the past ten months and examine how the city can continue to reap benefits of these events and projects to ensure we maintain a strong legacy in the City of Song.

Encouraging people to register for the conference, Mayor Colr Reilly said it was the perfect opportunity for the public, whether you are a musician, promoter, teacher or music lover to voice your opinions, hopes and expectations post 2013.

“We are extending an invitation to anyone who is interested in having their say on what they want to see as part of the music legacy for City of Culture.

“We all want to ensure that the city’s rich musical heritage and exceptional music talent is further embraced and promoted on the international stage.

“The scale of the events that were hosted in the city this year has been phenomenal, starting the year with The Sons and Daughters Concert, a concert made up of homegrown talent, the city hosted music event after event; the Fleadh Cheoil, Music City, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Walled City Tattoo and just last weekend I witnessed the closing ceremony of a memorable International Choral Festival, all this and of course the huge educational Music Promise programme, has provided a range of events and initiatives for everyone to get involved.

“The successes of 2013 are already been seen in the growth of tourism, business opportunities and capital investments as well as many artists, musicians and communities gaining opportunities to participate.

“We are looking forward towards the final chapter of 2013 and on towards a 2014 year that will build upon the achievements of the work that has been done in showcasing our city, its people and talent to a new audience

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, said the purpose of the conversational and interactive workshop is to look ahead in discussing the best approach to maximize on these events and projects.

“We have had an exceptional year not only for musical performances but also for educational and community engagement projects.

“In attendance will be a range of stakeholders with their ideas of what the musical legacy should be for the city.

“This is our once in a lifetime chance to make the most from this fantastic opportunity,” she continued.

Members of the public who wish to attend the event at St Columb’s Hall on 6 November from 7.00pm-9.00pm are required to register in advance by contacting Colin Coyle at Derry City Council on telephone 028 71365151 Ext 6975 or email

Those unable to attend the conference but keen to give their views or feedback, submissions can be made directly at the contacts above.