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Music Generation Laois/Laois School of Music 2nd Annual Festival

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The Music Generation Laois/Laois School of Music 2nd Annual Festival was held on 8 March at the Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street, Portlaoise.

Over 110 performers took to the stage on an array of instruments including harp, uilleann pipes, piano, euphonium, saxophone, singer-songwriters, flute, violin and cello. The performers crossed all ages, children and adults, and the festival featured a multitude of styles and genres including classical, traditional, folk, singer-songwriter and jazz.

It was great to see such a good turnout on a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends, parents, grandparents and everyone else popping in to see the performances.
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In the final session, the gathering audience was treated to a performance by the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra who were travelling to Scotland for St. Patrick’s Weekend for a weekend of performing with Scottish Musicians. The orchestra is conducted by well-known fiddle player, John Davidson.

The festival was non-competitive, however, Music Adviser, Martin Barrett from County Cork School of Music, was on hand to give feedback and words of advice to each performer and to award medals.

A great day was had by all and we look forward already to next year’s festival!

Irish TV were there on the day to film some of the performances. To see a click here and go 17.30!

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2nd Annual Laois School of Music/Music Generation Festival

2nd Annual Laois School of Music/Music Generation Festival

Following the success of last year’s Festival, we are delighted to announce that Festival 2015 will take place on Sunday 8th March.   


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The aims of the Festival are:

  1. to improve performance skills and encourage high standards
  2. to develop repertoire i.e. not just learning exam pieces all year
  3. to give a sense of achievement and develop self confidence.

Categories are open to all instruments according to age and there’s even an Adult category for all our wonderful adult pupils! The Festival is non-competitive but an External Adjudicator, Martin Barrett from Co. Cork School of Music, will give feedback to all performers at the end of each category and medals will be awarded to all. It will be a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all and we would encourage as many of you as possible to enter.


Entrants must be receiving tuition at Laois School of Music/Music Generation Laois Centre in Railway Street. Your tutor has entry forms with Fees and Guidelines or download Festival Entry Form & Guidelines 2015.

Closing date for entries is Saturday 14th February

Love:Live Music Day Friday 21 June 2013

On Friday 21 June, venues across Ireland will celebrate live music-making by hosting a range of music events in public spaces, from concerts, open rehearsals to random pop-up events and work place concerts for national Love: Live Music Day.

The Music Box Showcase Concert, Dunamaise Theatre 12:30pm, Friday 21 June

Music Generation Laois, in association with The Dunamaise Arts Centre, will present a concert in the Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise at 12:30pm on Friday 21 June, featuring participants of The Music Box programme – Music Generation Laois’ performance music education programme for children and young people with special needs.

The Music Box showcase concert will include vocal group ‘The Sparkles’ from St Francis School, Portlaoise, and a range of solo and ensemble groups from all participating schools including Rath NS, Ballybrittas, Kolbe School, Portlaoise and St Patrick’s Boys NS, Portarlington. These young musicians receive tuition on a range of instruments including harp, guitar, piano, tin whistle, drums, voice and even ipads. The concert programme will include the contemporary and the classical, with songs by Lady Gaga, U2, Johnny Cash and a very special performance of ‘Ireland’s Call.’

Try The Pipes Pop-Up event, Laois Shopping Centre 3:30-5:30pm, Friday 21 June

Music Generation Laois in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann will also host a ‘Try the Pipes’ event in Laois Shopping Centre, from 3:30-5:30pm on Friday 21 June, in association with Na Piobairi Uilleann. Uilleann Pipe lessons are available in Portlaoise, and adults and children are invited to come along, and try the pipes – and talk to the Music Generation Laois student pipers about the instrument. Uilleann Pipes are available to hire from the Music Generation Laois instrument bank, and affordable group lesson will be recommencing in September.

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Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a
School of Rock & Pop

24-28 June, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Develop confidence and technique in this weeklong camp open to Singers and Musicians age 12 -18 culminating with a concert on the Theatre Stage on Friday 28 June. A Team of 3 Tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!

Times: Mon – Thurs, 11am-1pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm daily, Friday 1pm-3pm and 4pm – 7pm

Fee €60

Age: 12-18 yr olds


8-12 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Junior Camp (Age 7-11) and Senior Camp (Age 12-16) in World Drumming, all instruments provided, no experience necessary – using Djembes. Bass Drums, Congas and Bells.

Times: Junior Camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily

Fee €30

Age: Junior Camp 7-11yr olds and Senior Camp 12-16 yr olds


Lets Make Music!

15-19 July, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

A week of music-making with Tutors from the renowned Newpark College of Music in Dublin – This camp caters for musicians and singers of all ages and musical backgrounds. Participants will learn new musical styles, from Jazz and Indian rhythms to Improvisation, and put together a show to be performed on the Theatre Stage on Friday the 19 of July. Try something new and fun!

Times: Mon – Thurs, 11am-1pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm daily, Friday 1pm-3pm and 4pm – 7pm

Fee €60

Age: All Ages

 Participants of Music Generations Laois' Summer School Of Rock a

To Apply, print off and complete the form: Summer Camps 2013 Application Form