After a whirlwind summer of musical festivities, Music Generation Autumn programmes are getting ready to rock over the coming weeks!
This September, sing with Yellow Bellows of Music Generation Wexford, compose with SubSounds / Music Generation South Dublin songwriters in Tallaght, or jam with Electric Bass Academy at Rumble Rehearsal Studio with Music Generation Sligo! A world of musical possibilities awaits children and young people as they start the new school year.
This term, Music Generation Hubs in Kilkenny, South Dublin, Laois, Roscommon, Meath, Sligo, Tipperary, Kerry (to name a few) are inviting young people to take part in music making. Children and young people can learn an instrument and experience the joy of performing together at Music Generation Hubs in a relaxed, creative environment. Don't worry if your city/county isn't listed here! On our website, you will find contact information for the Music Generation area closest to you. Find out more here.
The welcomed reemergence of the Irish Traditional Uilleann Pipes is capturing the imaginations of more and more young musicians in recent years. 'Uilleann', the Gaelic word for elbow, refers to the instrument's playing style. Many Music Generation areas, including Laois, Louth, Offaly/Westmeath, Kilkenny, Mayo, and Sligo, have partnered with Na Píobairí Uilleann to give children and young people access to this unique, UNESCO recognised, ancient Irish instrument. Participants will have the opportunity to try out the Uilleann Pipes, as well as take part in group classes and demonstrations from professional pipers. You're sure to see them 'pipe up' very soon in your area if you haven't already!
Nós Nua – Louth Youth Folk Orchestra made a very special appearance on John Creedon’s RTÉ show ‘Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland’ on Sunday 4th September. The young musicians performed a remarkable piece of music entitled Captain McNeill by the masterful 18th Century harper/composer Turlough Carolan. This historic piece of Irish music was the perfect conclusion to Creedon's mythological journey from the hills of Donegal to the lake lands of Cavan and finishing the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol.
Be sure to catch up on the RTÉ player.
Music Generation Laois rolled up to Electric Picnic last weekend on their Bandwagon stage. Youth bands, and young musicians had the chance to perform for festival-goers from Friday to Sunday. Even the wind and rain didn’t stop the Music Generation Laois Musician Educators from hosting drumming and ukulele workshops for all to enjoy.
Youth band “Anita”, winners of the 2022 Electric Youth Competition presented by Youth Work Ireland Laois, performed an epic set on the Hazelwood Stage on Sunday afternoon - a thrilling experience for these young musicians. A crowd of all ages descended to the Trailer Park in awe of the talented rock musicians as they took to the Music Generation Laois Bandwagon stage.
Check out all the photos here and follow their Instagram for performances from the weekend.
Irish Concertina Orchestra "The Road to 2022" with Music Generation Clare.
This insightful documentary tells the story of forty-four talented concertina players from Co. Clare and surrounding counties who came together to form the bespoke 2022 Irish Concertina Orchestra. Facilitated by Music Generation Clare, the young concertinists attended weekly rehearsals throughout the year under the guidance of Dr Tim Collins, Sinead Mulqueen, Cillian King and Conor O'Loughlin.
The programme culminated with a unique collaboration performance in Glór, Ennis in May 2022 with some of Ireland’s top multi-genre musicians from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Cormac McCarthy and ZoDoMo (Zoë Conway, Dónal Lunny & Mairtin O'Connor).
The performance included original work by renowned concertina player Dr Tim Collins who is a member of Kilfenora Céilí Band and co-director of the Consairtín festival. ZoDoMo was commissioned to compose a piece in three parts for this special collaboration. The young concertina players were not phased by the unusual chords, tricky key changes and cross-rhythms throughout the new work. Their commitment, determination and talents were evident on stage and brought the audience to their feet in applause after the final beat!
“A huge amount of talent, work and practice has gone into it and they were all superb. It was a wonderful fusion of different genres and instruments. The Irish Concertina Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra were just super!“
Want to see the Irish Concertina Orchestra LIVE? They have lots of exciting events, special guests and performances to be announced over the coming months. Stay tuned for updates on Music Generation Clare social media and we will keep you posted on Music Generation.
Vocal Musician Educators come together to “Connect, Create, Celebrate” through the Music Generation Communities of Practice.
In preparation for the return of Music Generation Autumn programmes our Quality, Support & Development (QSD) team hosted a Vocal Communities of Practice for Musician Educators across the Music Generation network. This vocal gathering was centred around the concept “Connect, Create, Celebrate”. It offered Musician Educators the chance to connect with like-minded practitioners, create a quality vocal practice together and celebrate performance music education.
The day was one of sharing, learning and feeling energised for the new term ahead! Musician Educator with Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan and Communities of Practice facilitator Donal Gormley commented on LinkedIn,
“Thoroughly enjoyed facilitating at this event, presenting ideas on vocal improvisation for working with 5th and 6th class. Lots of fun!”
Find out more about the six Communities of Practice groups here.
Music Generation Cork City Summer BANDCamp highlights!
Music Generation Cork City’s summer BANDcamp in partnership with Cork Barrack Street Band saw over 50 young brass players come together for four days of musical magic! Watch highlights of this wonderful summer camp.
The ensemble made up of brass, woodwind and percussion worked on 80’s classics, Danger Zone, Final Countdown and enchanting versions of Encanto and Arabian Nights. Directed by the talented flautist and soloist Oisin McGill, the ensemble blew the crowd away at the grand finale performance.
Music Generation is delighted to be taking part in Ombudsman for Children Beyond Limits events in October! The free family event empowers and celebrates children with disabilities. More details to come very soon!
Sligo 1st of October
Limerick 15th of October
RTÉ Culture: Why Music Generation matters
National Director of Music Generation, Rosaleen Molloy, celebrates Ireland's National Music Education Programme, and our ongoing mission to enable access to music tuition for all young people in Ireland in a recently RTÉ Culture “Why Music Generation matters”.
Save the Date: 23rd September 2022
Lots of exciting updates and events straight to your inbox very soon!
#JobFairy Administrator with Music Generation Dublin City
City of Dublin ETB as Lead Partner for Music Generation Dublin City wishes to recruit an Administrator.
The ideal candidate will have a relevant qualification, a passion for music in all its forms & for its promotion/development.
Deadline: 12noon 13th Sept 2022
Music Generation DAC, National Concert Hall Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 N527
Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. A Music Network Initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships