Children from Gran Canaria welcomed to Ballymena

Jane Witherspoon

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Jane Witherspoon

A group of children from Gran Canaria have been visiting Ballymena to take part in the annual local music festival.

The group of 10 children are pupils of the British School of Gran Canaria, and are taught by local woman Claire McDonald.

Claire, who is the head of the music department at the English speaking school has accompanied her pupils to Northern Ireland to take part in the festival, sightsee, improve their English skills and experience the culture of Northern Ireland.

The young people, who are all aged between 11 and 12 years old are keen musicians, with some playing the piano, drums, violins while others are singers.

They have experienced success at the festival, with some winning first and second prizes and others were highly commended.

The group have been travelling around NI, visiting the Giant’s Causeway, Hillsborough Castle and the Titanic museum and performed in a local concert with Kellswater Flute Band.

This has been their first taste of Northern Ireland, and it did not disappoint!

One of the students, Miguel said: “I’ve really enjoyed my trip.

“I play the drums and the musical festival has been great.

“We learn English at school so it’s good to speak it here.”

Fellow student Alicia, said: “Northern Ireland is great and the festival has been a wonderful experience.

“I was really excited to play with the band but my favourite part was the Giant’s Causeway and the music festival.”

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