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Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School 21-23 July 2017

Venue: Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise
Times: 11am–3pm (Fri, Sat) 11am-4:30pm (Sun)
Age: 8 years upwards

Cost: €60

TUTORS INCLUDE
Laoise Kelly, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Siobhan Buckley, Joleen McLaughlin & Rachel Hair (Harp)
Denise Boyle & Bríd Harper (Fiddle)
Michelle Mulcahy & Ernestine Healy (Concertina)
Niall Keegan & Tommy Fitzharris (Flute)
Peter Browne & Paul Finn (Button Accordion)
David Power, Fionnán McGabhann, Gay McKeon & Alexander Suarez Mendez (Uilleann Pipes)
Tommy Hayes, Colm Phelan (Bodhrán)

There will also be a mixed juniors class for more recent beginners.

REQUIRED STANDARD: You must have some experience in an instrument to enroll in the Trad Summer School classes. Those of a more junior standard will be placed in the mixed juniors class, and this will be decided by the instrumental tutors. Limited number of harps are available for Music Generation Laois harp students.

BOOKING: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 866 4176

Concerts
Opening Gala Concert 
Featuring Tutors from the Summer School and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

Friday 21 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre @ 8pm
Concert featuring top-notch traditional musicians teaching at the Summer School, and a performance by the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra.
€5 • Book directly through the Dunamaise Arts Centre  057 866 3355/dunamaise.ie

Beoga
Saturday 22 July, The Courtyard @ Kavanaghs, Main St, Portlaoise @ 7pm
Brilliant Irish Trad band who have shot to international fame since recording with Ed Sheeran
Admission €20/€15, book tickets in person or online through Kavanaghs Live Music Venue

Student & Tutor Concert
Sunday 23 July Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, 3pm Portlaoise
Finale concert showcasing students from the Summer School. Free admission, donations welcome.

Summer Camps 2017



Pop, Rock or Traditional? Music Generation Laois are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our Summer Camps for 2017. This year will see a variety of camp choices and a range of musical genres. Our experienced and renowned tutors will work with students to unleash their creative side through classes, workshops, performances and masterclasses.

Bookings are now being taken for
– School of Rock & Pop (3 – 7 July)
– Music Generation Laois Trad Summer School (21 – 23 July)

See Summer Camps 2017 for more information on each camp.

To make a booking or for information contact Music Generation Laois on 057-8664176 or  musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie.

Trad Orchestra Commission Awarded to Ryan Molloy

Composer Ryan Molloy has been awarded a commission to create a ten minute piece of music for the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, to be premiered in July 2017.

Ryan will work with the Trad Orchestra, gathering ideas and influences from the group to help create this new composition.

Dr Ryan Molloy is currently a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years, including major concert venues such as Tanglewood (U.S.A.), Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), Holywell Music Room (England) and Waterfront Hall (N. Ireland). In great demand as an accompanist, Ryan has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. The confluence of these two genres formed the basis of his PhD in composition at Queen’s University, Belfast, studying under Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell.

In September 2013, Ryan joined the Department of Music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth as a lecturer in composition.

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