13 young harpists from Music Generation Laois will attend this year’s Edinburgh Harp Festival from the 31 of March to the 5 of April. Edinburgh Harp Festival is internationally renowned for its vast programme of workshops and concerts, and attracts musicians from all over the world. Members of the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensembles will attend this year’s Festival with their Tutor Siobhan Buckley.
Music Generation Laois currently has 116 harp students and 2 harp ensembles, many of whom attend classes in their local primary schools. The Music Generation Laois senior harp ensemble collaborated with Scottish Harpist Catriona McKay in 2016 to create a new suite of music for harp ensemble, entitled ‘Rising of the Harps’ and most recently this group performed as part of ‘Avoca: A Celtic Journey,’ a 30th birthday concert for Music Network, with music for large-scale harp ensemble by Phillip Martin conducted by David Brophy. Music Generation Laois will host their 2nd annual Tionól for Harps and Pipes from the 3-5 November 2017, featuring workshops and performances from many well-known harpists and pipers.
On Monday 27th February 2017, Music Generation Laois is delighted to announce it will host an inaugural ‘Brass Evening’ in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street. As part of the Brass evening, there will be an open session for anyone interested in taking up a musical instrument (7:15pm-7:45pm), workshops for those already playing brass (6-7pm), and a recital to include students, Music Generation Laois Brass Tutor Anthony Flannery and a performance by one of Ireland’s top trumpet players Niall O Sullivan (8pm). Anthony and Niall will also lead the workshop and master class.
Brass instruments include trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, French horn – Music Generation Laois offer economical group lessons and hire instruments. Brass instruments will be available to try on the evening. The event is open to adults and young people and costs €5, which includes admission to a recital by one of Ireland’s foremost Trumpet players Niall O Sullivan.
Music Generation Laois, lead Brass Tutor, Anthony Flannery commented, “We are delighted to run this inaugural ‘Brass Evening’ and hope to introduce lots of people to the world of brass. This event will be interactive and brass instrumentals will be available to all participants. I would encourage anyone interested with an interest in brass playing and music making in come along and find out more.”
The brass evening is now open for registration, contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8664176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- Open to Music Generation Laois Brass programme students only
6pm-7pm: Brass Workshop
Open to all brass players – this group will form a bass ensemble, and they will perform what they cover in the workshop at the concert at 8pm
Introductions to Brass for all participants (open to those interested in learning brass/ parents, anyone who wants to know more plus all who attended the earlier sessions)
- Group warm-up
- The fundamentals of brass playing and the importance of warming up correctly
- The essentials of brass playing, both solo and in an ensemble
8.00pm – 8:30pm
- Brass Concert -performances by the Laois Brass Ensemble, student performances and special guest, Niall O’Sullivan
About Niall O’Sullivan
Niall O’Sullivan is a cross-genre trumpet star, he started his musical career in the Artane Boys Band, Dublin. Niall has sold out venues across Ireland and the USA, and most recently performed as a guest artist for Josh Groban’s Irish tour. He has performed on numerous occasions with the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestra’s, and featured as a soloist for ‘Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas’ where his rendition of Damian Rice’s ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ could be heard in homes throughout Ireland on Christmas morning.
Niall has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Amy Winehouse, Michael Búble, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, José Carreras and has recorded with multi Grammy winning legend Larry Carlton, Danielle de Niese and Kim Criswell. He is also an international performing artist for Schilke Trumpets, Chicago.
After a whirlwind year, the Christmas break is upon us!
The office will close 22 December, from 12 noon and will reopen on Monday 9 January at 9.30am.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year! See you again in January for another brilliant and exciting year!