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The SLOANE 350 initiave from Killyleagh will be launch this year’s celebrations at the St Patrick Centre, Downpatrick on Monday 28th March.

Students of Music or Spanish from 10 local secondary level schools have been invited to the launch where Mr Morris Crawford organiser of this year’s concert will present them with complimentary tickets to a Musical Concert by Spanish Quartet with “Eduardo Neibla” who will be performing in St John’s CoI Church, Killyleagh on Thursday 14th April. Doors open at 7.30pm concert commences 8pm.

Mr Crawford said, “In a career spanning four decades flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Neibla has been acclaimed as one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion today.

He takes his flamenco gipsy jazz roots and bridges them with Indian, Arabic, classical and modern jazz road to produce the most electrifying, brilliant and poignantly poetic guitar playing. We are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to play for us in Killyleagh and that the students will be inspired by his performance”.

Tickets are £10 and available from the St Patrick Centre, Tel 028 4461 2233, Picnic Delicatessen, Killyeagh or by contacting Liz Tel 028 4482 8229. This concert follows the brilliant success of a concert of period music at the same venue in April 2010.

The concert will be followed on Friday 15th April by the Hans Sloane Lecture entitled ‘Animal intelligence: fact or fiction‘ by Prof Nicola Clayton, FRS, Cambridge University. The talk is in St Mary’s Hall at 6.45pm and is FREE. We are able to do this due to the very kind support of the Cadogan Charity; the Cadogan’s being direct descendants of Sir Hans Sloane.

Nicola Clayton is a rising star in science, having recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Society, and she gives brilliant, accessible talks. Her research is primarily on birds and this will be central to her talk.

However, the talk will also cover general views of animal intelligence and is aimed at a general audience. This talk was to have been given last year but the volcano in Iceland grounded all flights and she was unable to travel from Cambridge. This will be the 12th year that the Hans Sloane lecture has been held in Killyleagh and previous lectures have been very well received with the audiences being entertained and informed. It promises to be a good night.