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.
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 .
We are currently seeking an Assistant Co-ordinator for Music Generation Laois. This is a full time-temporary position with Laois County Council, full application details are available on Laois.ie
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Bass Players
- Guitar Players (acoustic and electric)
- 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 email@example.com 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