New Works Series CD – available to purchase now!

The Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ was commissioned in 2016 to bring young musicians together with three acclaimed professionals to collaborate, write and perform a series of new works for ensembles in the county.

This high quality CD pack contains 3 separate CDs featuring:

CD 1: In My Back Garden by Elaine Agnew, with text by Ann Egan, performed by the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra and Music Generation Laois National Schools’ Choir

CD 2: Rising of the Harps by Catriona McKay in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, performed by Catriona McKay and the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble

CD 3: Visions and Voices by Martin Tourish in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, performed by Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

This recording project was supported by the Music Generation/ Arts Council Partnership.

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Music at the Malt House 2018

From 13 to 15 April, we will host a very special event in the magnificent surrounds of the restored Malt House in Stradbally. Following the success of last year’s inaugural concert, ‘Music at the Malt House’ 2018 will expand to include three days of music and special guest performances, as well as the launch of the much-anticipated Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ album.

The event kicks off on Friday 13 April at 8pm with renowned trad band Téada, a traditional Irish band with a truly worldwide reach. Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals across the globe, from the US and Canada to the Middle East and Australia. The band features accomplished musicians Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Paul Finn (button accordion), Damien Stenson (flutes and various whistles), Seán Mc Elwain (bouzouki and guitar), Seamus Begley (button accordion and singer) and Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán player).

On Saturday 14 April at 7pm, a line-up of young and professional musicians will take to the stage. The world premiere of Ryan Molloy’s ‘Loinnir Laoise’ will be performed by the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra. This will be followed by the second-ever performance of Michael Rooney’s ‘Spirit of Laois,’ performed by harpists from the Music Generation Laois Harp Programme, commissioned by Music Generation Laois and funded by the Creative Ireland Laois Programme. The renowned Scottish trad duo Chris Stout (fiddle) and Catriona McKay (harp) will also perform and special guests on the night will include the All Ireland Scor na nÓg Champions from Borris in Ossory/Kilcotton GAA.

Sunday 15 April at 4pm will see the launch of the ‘New Works Series’ album, which has been funded through the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership. The Music Generation Laois ‘New Works Series’ was commissioned in 2016 to bring young musicians together with three acclaimed professionals to collaborate, write and perform a series of new works for ensembles in the county. The Music Generation Laois National Schools’ Choir, Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra, Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble and Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, who each recorded their suites as part of the album, will perform to the audience at the launch.

All concerts take place in the restored Malt House building in Stradbally, County Laois.

For tickets and more information about ‘Music at the Malt House’, visit www.dunamaise.ie or phone Dunamaise Arts Centre on 0578663355.

Rescheduled 5th Annual Music Festival with Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music, Sunday 25 March

Our 5th annual non-competitive Music Festival with Laois School of Music will now take place on Sunday 25 March in Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise (a snow day reschedule!). 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.

Applications are available from Tutors and by 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 .

 

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

Vacancies at Music Generation Laois: Keyboard Tutor and Resource Person

Music Generation Laois Keyboard Tutor *****Re-advertisement****

Music Generation Laois now needs a keyboard Tutor for the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop. Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing Date for Receipt of Submissions Keyboard Tutor:

Completed submission forms must be received by 5pm, Thursday 21 September 2017 Submission Forms can be submitted electronically by email to rflannery@laoiscoco.ie

MG Laois Keyboard Tutor Submission Form

School of Rock and Pop Keyboard Tutor Further Information

Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music Resource Person

Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music now needs to contract the services of a Resource Person to work with both organisations for a ten week period, to assist with the high volume of student enrolments that occurs in October/November each year. This contract will include assisting with day-to-day running and promotion of both organisations, processing enrolments, meeting and greeting students in our local tuition centre in Portlaoise and all aspects of activity that large music education organisations are involved in. We are looking for someone who is passionate about music education, is highly personable and able to engage with the public and with families in our service, is passionate about working with children and young people, and has excellent I.T., communication and organisational skills. This opportunity is offered on a contract for services basis.

Closing Date for Receipt of Submissions Resource Person:

Completed submission forms must be received by 5pm, Thursday 21 September 2017 Submission Forms can be submitted electronically by email to rflannery@laoiscoco.ie

Music Generation Laois & Laois School of Music- Resource Person Submission Form

Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music Resource Person Contract for Services Further Information

 

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