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5th Annual Music Festival with Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, Sunday 4 March

Our 5th annual non-competitive Music Festival with Laois School of Music will take place on Sunday 4 March in Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise. This is a great opportunity for students and ensembles of Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, to perform and get feedback from an external Music Advisor. We are delighted to have musician Ken Rice of the Irish Chamber Orchestra as our Advisor this year.
Ken is a classical violinst, and is also an arranger and composer and has experience in a wide range of musical genres from Classical to Pop to Jazz and Irish Trad, which will very much lend itself to the diverse range of instruments and genres of our student population. Applications are available from Tutors andby clicking on the link below:

Festival Entry Form & Guidelines 2018

Siobhan Cunningham performing in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

A harp Quartet performing in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

Participants in the Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois – 4th. Music Festival in Portlaoise. Photo: Michael Scully – no reproduction fee .

 

Trad Orchestra Auditions

Applications are now open for high-standard, dedicated young trad musicians to join the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra . Membership is for 2018 and will commence in January 2018.

The positions open for audition are:

  • Button accordion
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Fiddle
  • Piano
  • Harp
  • Uilleann Pipes
  • Double bass

Standard: This opportunity is for advanced traditional music students with 4 years experience and upwards

Age: 21 and under.

Weekly rehearsal: Successful applicants must be available for weekly rehearsal on Saturdays from 10am-11:30am. Attendance is strictly monitored, if members miss more than 3 rehearsals throughout the academic year, their membership will be relinquished.

Fee: Annual orchestra membership fee €100.

How to apply: Spaces are allocated on an audition basis – send an email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your name, date of birth, instrument(s), standard (how many years you have been playing, any significant performances or achievements in this time), Parent/Guardian contact telephone number (for those under 18) and home address. Note, as this is an advanced ensemble, expression of interest emails are to come from young people, applications made by parents/guardians on behalf of their child will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Thursday 30 November

Auditions: Successful applicants will audition on Tuesday 5th December in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre.

The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra was established in January 2016 under the directorship of Paul Finn and Siobhan Buckley. In May 2016, the orchestra collaborated with Donegal Accordionist Martin Tourish to create a new 30 minute suite of music ‘1916 Visions and Voices’ funded by the Laois 2016 Community Fund, Per Cent for Art through Laois County Council and the Music Generation Arts Council Partnership.  The music was premiered on the 22 of May 2016, as part of the Music Generation Laois New Works Series, to unprecedented public response! The work has since been performed in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Ennis 2016, for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin Castle and in Powerscourt for the Ireland Funds Worldwide Conference attended by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Prince Albert of Monaco.

The Trad Orchestra performed on the Gig Rig at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann once again in 2017 and have worked with acclaimed composer Ryan Molloy and have had workshops with brilliant Irish musicians such as Michael Rooney and members of Goitse.

Please note: This is a highly professional youth ensemble, repeated absenteeism is not acceptable nor is poor timekeeping.  Frequently additional rehearsals and performances are added and these are mandatory.  Young musicians must come prepared to rehearsals. Poor conduct and irresponsible behaviour is not accepted in line with the expectations around adult professional musicians.

Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop Saturday Jam

Calling on:

  • Bass Players
  • Guitar Players (acoustic and electric)
  • Singers
  • Keyboard/piano players
  • Drum Kit
  • Brass (saxophone, trumpet) players
  • String players (violin, cello, double bass)

Music Generation Laois are re-launching their Saturday jam time, on a pilot basis between now and Christmas 2017. There are currently 2 Jam sessions already available to Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music students – which Tutors refer students on to, on Wednesdays and Fridays. The concept of the Saturday Jam is, therefore, an opportunity for more advanced students only based on an audition process, working with Paul McIntyre.

Times: Saturdays 12:30pm-1:30pm

Standard: For intermediate to advanced players, who have been playing for 3 years or more

Cost: Free of charge to Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music students

Non- Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music students will pay €15 membership between now and Christmas (remainder of Term 1), and €50 for Term 2 if the pilot continues (Jan-June 2018).

How to apply: Spaces are allocated on an audition basis – send an email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your name, DOB, instrument(s), standard (how many years you have been playing, any significant performances or achievements in this time), Parent/Guardian contact telephone number and home address.

As this is an advanced ensemble, expression of interest emails are to come from young people, applications made by parents/guardians on behalf of their child will not be accepted.

Deadline for receipt of emails: 12noon Friday 17 November 2017

Auditions: Auditions will take place from 12:30pm-1:30pm on Saturday 18 November 2017

Catriona McKay & Olav Johansson to perform at Leaves Literary & Music Festival

On Saturday 11 November, to celebrate National Harp Day, Scottish Harpist, Catriona McKay together with Swedish Nyckelharpa player Olov Johansson, will perform as part of the Leaves Literary and Music Festival taking place in the beautiful Emo Court at 5.30pm. Playing a fusion of Scottish and Swedish folk music, the duo will be joined by the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble for the performance.

Catrions McKay and Olav Johansson, Saturday 11 November, 5.30pm, Emo Court tickets are €15/€5 for Music Generation Laois students. Booking through dunamaise.ie or calling 057-8663355.

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