The International Music Council recently announced that the SCOIL UNA NAOFA VIOLIN & ORCHESTRA PROJECT has been selected as the 2019 LAUREATE of the IMC 2019 MUSIC RIGHTS AWARD. The nomination was made by the European Orchestra Federation, and adjudicated by an international panel of experts on behalf of IMC. The adjudicators wrote, “This project involves everyone, not just the school but the community. Aside from broadening a child’s world, it gives them without a doubt an invaluable tool and bright spot for their future. This project demonstrates the transformational power of music and its impact in society.” Attending to receive the award in Paris on September 28th at the WORLD MUSIC FORUM will be Sister Bernadeette Sweeney, former Principal and founder of the project and current Director of St Agnes Community Centre for Music & the Arts, Carl Jones, aged 16, past pupil, double bass player with the Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble and Seamus Doyle, chairman of St Agnes CCMA and conductor of SCOIL UNA NAOFA ORCHESTRA and ST AGNES’ PARENTS STRING ORCHESTRA. This is a huge honour for the school violin and Orchestra Project and we congratulate Joanna Crooks, Sr. Bernadette and all the team for this great accolade and acknowledgement of their hard work and dedication to the Music Project both at school and community level.