Music interest groups and public representatives attended this evening’s launch of a new campaign for a school of music in Galway City. The event was hosted by Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe at its new location in the Presentation Primary School on Newcastle Road. Speakers included Brendan Breslin of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Chris Baldwin of Galway 2020, Terrence Flaherty of Moycullen NS, Hildegarde Naughton TD and Éamon Ó Cuív TD. The event also showcased the exceptional talents of award winning music students and international music teachers based in Galway. There was universal agreement that all stakeholders would now come together shortly to develop a strategic plan for presentation to government. Concern was expressed that in this day & age only 9% of the city’s 16,000 children have access to music tuition!