Recipients of the Acorn Fund’s Inspire Bursaries were paid a very special visit today by the Neil Cowley Trio who returned to Derry as part of a recent tour.
The Inspire Bursaries offer talented disabled young people from across Derry the opportunity to be mentored by exceptional professional artists and performers.
Jason Welsh, a pupil of Ardnashee School and College got the opportunity to hone his drumming skills by playing with Neil Cowley and his band in a personal one day workshop.
Jason said: “I love playing the drums and I want to be a professional drummer – that is my dream’.
Jason is also a member of local band ‘The Plantin’. Other recipients who also got the opportunity to work with Neil are Emma O Kane and Faustina O Hagan. They also are members of The Plantin and are working with Liberty Consortium at the Playtrail and the Tuned In Project. Sorcha Friel, a former student of Foyle View School also had the opportunity to sing with and perform for the Neil Cowley Trio.
Neil Cowley said: “I was Musician in Residence for the City of Culture year and it is great to be back to help continue the legacy of that remarkable year by taking part in this workshop with Jason. I am inspired by his talent and that of the singers. Exceptionally talented young people.”