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.

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.

Tionól 2017, 3-5 November

Following on from the success of last year’s Tionól, we are delighted to announce that Music Generation Laois, with the support of the Music Generation National Development Office National Projects funding and the Trench Trust, will deliver a Tionól for Harps and Pipes in Portlaoise from the 3 to the 5 of  November 2017.

The purpose of this weekend is to bring together pipers and harpists and their Tutors from Music Generations throughout Ireland, for a weekend of workshops, sessions and performances, including  an opportunity for students to get workshops from well-known non MG guest tutors including Catriona McKay (harp), David Power (pipes), Tríona Marshall (harp) & Michael Rooney (harp).

A range of classes are available, open to all students from recent beginners to advanced in the harp and uilleann pipes. Tutors include:

Harp: Siobhan Buckley, Michael Rooney, Catriona McKay, Tríona Marshall, Ramune Sakalauskaite, Deirdre Ní Bhuachalla, Gráinne Hambly, Kerri Mullan & Billy Jackson

Uilleann Pipes: Paul Harrigan David Power, Timothy Doyle and Padraig McGovern

 

Booking

€70 fee includes workshops and all concert tickets. €60 discounted rate to Music Generation Laois students. To book, email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or phone 057-8664176. For more information, see Music Generation Laois Tionol Letter and Application Form for Harpers and Pipers Sept 2017.

Supervision

Under 18s will be supervised during break times unless alternative arrangements are made by parents/guardians.

 

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Concerts

Friday 3 November

Opening Gala Concert featuring the premiere of a newly composed suite of music by Michael Rooney for the Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra, Tionól Tutors, Michael and June Rooney and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Saturday 4 November

Concert featuring Tionól participants from across Ireland and guest harp ensembles in the Dunamaise Arts Centre at 7pm.

Free admission to students of the Tionól/ General public €5. Booking through the Dunamaise Arts Centre 057 8663355 or Dunamaise.ie

Sunday 5 November

Closing Student Concert: Tionól 2017 – featuring students from the Tionól taking place in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, 2pm.

Admission free of charge, on a first come-first serve basis on the door.

 

MGL Junior Trad Group

Music Generation Laois will be holding auditions for their Junior Trad Group which will be starting this October.

The Trad Group will hold weekly rehearsals on Thursdays from 4-5pm in the Portlaoise Further Education & Training Centre, Tower Hill.

€100 annual membership fee.

Entry is by audition only. Please email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie with your expression of interest by 12 noon Friday 13 October. Auditions will be held on Thursday 19 October. You will receive an email if you have been selected for an audition.

In your email, we will need the young musician’s

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • Parent/Guardian name, email and mobile number
  • Instrument
  • Years experience

We are looking for young trad musicians who have been playing at least 2 years, can pick up basic tunes and learn to play them by ear with ease.

In the audition, young musicians will need to play two contrasting tunes and participate in a short interview (5-10 minutes).

There is no age limit – the selection process is based on playing standard.

Applications by email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie

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.

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