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Traditional Orchestra Applications now open!!

Music Generation Laois are auditioning for their new Trad Orchestra. Auditions will take place on Wednesday 6 of January in Portlaoise. This opportunity is for advanced traditional music students with 4 years experience and upwards, and aged 18 and under.

Please note: Successful applicants must be available for initial rehearsals this weekend from 6-8:30pm on Friday 8 of January and from 10am-1pm on Sat 9 of January. Annual orchestra membership fee €100.

To apply for an audition send an email to musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie stating your name, age, instrument, and some information about your experience as a musician to-date (no more than 200 words) by Tuesday 5 of January by 5pm.

Please include parent/ guardian mobile telephone number. If selected for an audition, you will receive a text message with all relevant info.

Harp Ensemble at the O’Carolan Harp Festival


The Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble were delighted to travel to the international O’Carolan Harp Festival taking place in Nobber, Co Meath, the birth place of Ireland’s most famous harpist Turlough O’Carolan, on Saturday 3rd October.

The 15-strong group partook in workshops with some of Ireland’s most talented Harpists and competed in the festival competitions against young musicians from all around Ireland, with a number even having travelled from Scotland and Italy.

The Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble was joined by their tutor Siobhan Buckley who had them well prepared for their competitions. The group were divided into workshops and were put through their paces for three hours, learning new tunes, techniques and styles.

The O’Carolan Harp Festival, 2nd – 4th October 2015, is in its 28th year and attracts harpers from far and wide to take part in its workshops and competitions. The three-day festival holds an array of events including excellent concerts, ceilís, lectures, exhibitions & tours with a special memorial ceremony to celebrate to life and work of Turlough O’Carolan.

New Tuition Programmes 2015-2016

Oboe tuition is an exciting initiative that is part of a new pilot programme through the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois. A specialist tutor will travel to Portlaoise to provide oboe tuition, and the Enrolment 2015 Poster 1 copyapproach will include both one-to-one music lessons along with the introduction of periodical Skype lesson. Lessons will be subsidised and an oboe will be provided. The aim of these lessons is to develop oboe players in County Laois, and further develop the woodwind section of the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra.

A new branch to the Music Generation Laois tree introduces Traditional Flute, Tin Whistle and Concertina as the latest instruments in our Irish Traditional Music programme which already includes Uilleann Pipes and Harp. The classes will be taught by the talented Musician Áine McQuaid.

Pop, Rock, Classicial, Traditional or African Drumming? Music Generation Laois are delighted to announce that bookings are still open for our evening music lessons in Portlaoise for 2015-2016. Our experienced tutors will work with students to unleash their creative side through classes, workshops, performances and masterclasses.

For more information, please contact the Music Generation Laois Office on 057-8664176 or musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie

Music Generation Laois Traditional Grúpa Ceoil to Perform at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil

Music Generation Laois are delighted and excited to be bringing their Traditional Grúpa Ceoil to Sligo for a performance on stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm.

After a very successful trip to Music @ Mt. Leinster in Borris, Co Carlow in April and a jam packed Music Generation Laois Traditional Summer School in July, the Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil are ready to take to the stage at the All-Ireland Fleadh taking place in Sligo from 9th-16th August. The group will be performing on the Music Generation Sligo stage in a concert that also will feature young musicians from Sligo, Mayo and Donegal.

The young Laois musicians taking part are Sarah Bennett (Bodhrán), Jessica Bennett (Flute), Molly Donnery (Harp), Isobel Donnery (Bodhrán), Grace Donnery (Flute), Kate MacDonald (Fiddle), Alain Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), Fiadh Fitzpatrick (Uilleann Pipes), Kurt Dineen-Carroll (Uilleann Pipes), David Vesey (Flute), Caoimhe Lowry (Concertina) and Ciara Faherty (Guitar). The group is being led by Donegal fiddler, Denise Boyle.

Music Generation Laois Grúpa Ceoil will be performing on Tuesday 11th August at 5pm on the Music Generation Sligo stage.

For further information on Music Generation Laois and their programmes, see musicgenerationlaois.ie or telephone 057-8664176.