RTE’s Nationwide programme tonight, Monday 14th March, at 7pm, will have a feature on ‘A Nation’s Voice’, one of the major events of the Ireland 1916 Commemoration programme.
18 Students from the Music Generation Laois Choral Programme are taking part, representing 5 participating schools (Errill NS, Kiladooley NS, Killenard NS, Presentation Primary Portarlington and Rath NS), under the direction of MGL Choral Team Nuala Kelly and Grace Bergin. The Nationwide crew visited the Laois rehearsal last week and filmed the children singing, along with an interview from Nuala Kelly (also School of Music Co-ordinator), who has a personal connection with 1916 through her Portlaoise grandfather John Muldowney, one of the Laois Volunteers at that time.
A Nation’s Voice is presented by the Arts Council and RTÉ, in association with the National Museum of Ireland, the Association of Irish Choirs and Music Generation, as part of Ireland 2016. On Easter Sunday, March 27th 2016, in the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks, Dublin, one thousand voices from all over Ireland will join with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in presenting a major new orchestral and choral work composed by Shaun Davey and Paul Muldoon. This free concert promises to be one of the highlights of the 1916 commemoration programme and will be broadcast live on RTE 1 from 2.30pm on Easter Sunday.
Music Generation Laois staged two fantastic concerts on Sunday the 7 of June in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise to celebrate 3 years of the pioneering performance music education programme in the County. These concerts featured the newly formed Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, and Stampede Drumming Groups, young musicians and singers from the School of Rock and Pop, and an amazing choir made up of singers from Errill NS, Killadooley NS, Killenard NS, Rath NS, Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore and Presentation Primary School Portarlington.
Music Generation Laois was recently awarded national Music Generation funding from the Department of Education and Skills for 2015-2020. Through local funding from Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company, along with fundraising and tuition fees, the music programme will continue to provide over 1500 children in Laois with music tuition in the next 5 years, as well as expanding and developing into new areas of the County.
Speaking at the concert, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery commented, ‘We have had an amazing three years, establishing and growing the Music Generation Laois programme, the fruits of this work is evident at today’s concerts, as the children and young people have all performed to such a high standard, with great musical skill and feeling – as well as clearly enjoying themselves on stage. The work of their tutors, staff in participating schools, and the support of their parents are all key factors in the success of these concerts. For 2015-2020, we want to continue this success story, and in particular I appeal to schools and families not currently involved in our programme to make contact with us, and find out how they can get involved.
Summer Camps 2015!!
Traditional Music Summer School, Tuesday 7 July – Thursday 9 of July
3 day camp with workshops in fiddle, harp, uilleann pipes, bodrhan, concertina, flute and accordion with top-notch traditional musicians. Culminating in a student concert on Thursday.
Ages: 8+ (three years experience required). Time: 11am – 3pm
Fee €60. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise
Stampede Drumming, Wednesday 8 of July – Friday 10 of July
Junior Camp and Senior Camp in world drumming with well-known drummer Eddie O’Neill, all instruments provided – using djembes, bass drums and congas.
Age: Junior Camp – those who have little or no prior experience. Senior Camp – those who have taken part in our Stampede Drumming schools or evening classes.
Time: Junior camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily.
Fee: €30. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise
School of Rock and Pop, Monday 29 June-Friday 3 July
Develop confidence and stage presence in a weeklong camp culminating with a concert on the Dunamaise Stage on the final day. A team of 3 tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!
Songwriting Module – If you would like to take a songwriting module as part of this camp, please let us know on the application form!
Ages: 10-18 (with experience in playing an instrument or singing)
Fee: €60. Time: (Mon-Thurs 11am-3:30pm; Fri 1-3pm & 4-7pm)
Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Booking for each Music Generation Camp: firstname.lastname@example.org or 057 866 4176 or download your Application Form Summer Camps 2015
The music school was filled with music this Easter with our Songwriting Workshops with local musicians Adela Meally and James O’Connor.
Over the course of a two-day workshop, budding songwriters were encouraged to unleash their musical creations under the guidance of songsters James O’Connor and Adela Meally.
The groups, ranging from ages 10 – 17 years comprised of vocalists, poets, and a variety of instrumentalists. They were taken through the steps and techniques of writing their own music and also analysed some of today’s top hits to see what made them hits!
Groups were formed and their songs started to take shape with their final performances happening at the end of the second day. We were delighted to see how far the groups came in such a short time and hope that they will continue with their composing!
This Easter saw the beginning of the Laois County Stampede Drumming Group led by Eddie O’Neill.
Forty drumming students from a number of primary schools in County Laois came together to perform as a large-scale drumming ensemble. All the students participating come from schools who participate in the Stampede Drumming programme.
The students, led by our Stampede Drumming tutor Eddie O’Neill, were introduced to new drums, new rhythms, patterns and techniques in an intense two-days of learning. We look forward to seeing their progress over the next few years as this ensemble develops.