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Glee Club Leader Opportunity

Music Generation Laois/Laois Partnership Company Glee Club – Call for Submissions for a Glee Club Leader

Music Generation Laois work in association with Laois Partnership to deliver the Glee Club programme in 3 locations in Laois:

  • Mountrath
  • Mountmellick
  • Portlaoise

Music Generation Laois are now seeking submissions from an experienced Music Practitioner, with experience of leading popular music choirs, to deliver the Glee Club programme for the 2013-2014 Academic year in Mountrath, Mountmellick and Portlaoise.

The Glee Club Leader will design and deliver a performance music programme (singing) for Glee Club participants, that includes a strong popular repertoire for club members to perform, that appeals to their musical interests/ age / abilities. The Glee Club Leader will work with the Glee Club Movement/ Choreography Tutor and the Music Generation Laois Co-ordinator in the design and delivery of the Glee Club Programme.

Closing date for completed submissions is: 12 noon, Friday 11 October 2013.

Interviews are scheduled to take place on: Tuesday 15 October in Portlaoise.

Further Information:  Further Information Glee Club Leader

Submission Form:  Glee Club Leader Submission Form

Music Generation Laois at the National Ploughing Championships 2013

national-ploughing-championshipsCome visit us at our stand at the National Ploughing Championships 2013, Tuesday 24 September to Thursday 26 September, Ratheniska, Co Laois! We will have an interactive stall in the Laois County Council Tent (V361) with instruments, and video footage from our programmes.

On Wednesday 25 September @ 12:30pm, our Stampede Drumming Group from The Rock NS, Mountmellick, Co Laois. will perform at The Ploughing Championships 2013. These wonderful young drummers will perform using djembes, bass drums and congas under the direction of their Tutor, Eddie O Neill.


Culture Night 2013 – Friday 20 September

Culture NightSchool of Rock and Pop Roadshow, 3-5pm Laois Shopping Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois will bring their School of Rock and Pop Roadshow to Laois Shopping Centre for Culture Night 2013 from 3pm-5pm. Children and young people will have the opportunity to try out bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and keyboard. The School of Rock and Pop Tutors will be on-hand to give advice on the wonderful programme planned for Rock and Pop in Laois. On Saturday 21 September, The School of Rock and Pop will be launched in the Portlaoise Youth Café, with affordable group lessons, band time and performance opportunities.

 Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil performance as part of James Fintan Lalor Inaugural School 2013, 7pm Dunamaise Theatre and Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Friday 20 September 2013

Music Generation Laois Grupa Cheoil will perform in the Dunamaise Theatre on Friday 20 September, as part of the launch of The James Fintan Lalor Inagural School 2013 marking Culture Night 2013 in Laois. A new Play by Mike Finn ‘From the Sod to the Sky’ starring Paul Meade and Myles Dungan will be premiered as part of this event, based on the writings of James Fintan Lalor a Significant Laois-born writer, and political activist.


An Audience with the Edge

The Edge and Kgomotso Ngwenya (Mountrath) 2

On Monday 21 January, the Music Generation Laois Stampede Drummers travelled to the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin, where the young group of musicians met with and performed for The Edge of legendary Irish rock band, U2.
Under the Direction of well-known Drummer Eddie O’Neill, the 6 young Stampede Drummers performed for an audience that included Minster for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD and Paul McGuinness, U2’s well-known Manager. Siofra and Tiernan Marum (Portlaoise), Adam McEvoy (Portlaoise), Chris Farrell (Stradbally) Aisling Page (Mountrath) and Kgomotso Ngwenya (Mountrath) were the lucky young performers who gained an audience with The Edge. The group enjoyed significant national publicity on the RTE News, RTE Radio and in the national press including

The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, and The Irish Examiner.The performance took place at the inaugural Seminar for Music Education Partnerships, presented by the Department of Education and Skills in partnership with Music Generation.
Laois is among 12 Counties/Cities who have set up a Music Education Partnership and Laois Music Education Partnership is led by Laois County Council and supported by Laois VEC and Laois Partnership Company. Laois Music Education Partnership manages Music Generation Laois, a new music education service for children and young people in Co Laois, and the service that is responsible for developing the Stampede Drumming Group of young musicians. Nationally, Music Generation is supported by U2 and the Ireland Funds.

At Monday’s Seminar, the Department of Education and Skills, gave announced their commitment to fund the Music Generation imitative on a phased basis from July 2014.In response to the announcement by Ruairi Quinn TD, The Edge stated, “We are absolutely delighted that the Department of Education and Skills has committed to the long-term funding of this brilliant Music Generation scheme. The response has been incredible with over 5,000 children and young people getting music lessons. It is a source of great pride for U2 that along with The Ireland Funds we were able to step in and keep it going after government cut backs put it in jeopardy in 2009”.

Music Generation Laois continues to expand across Laois, and places are available for both schools and independent students to join the Stampede Drumming programme, a fantastic music tuition programme using a variety of world percussion, drum sticks and handheld percussion.

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