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Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra

 

We are delighted to announce the recommencement of our Music Generation Laois Harp Orchestra. Siobhan Buckley is composing music for the orchestra, to be premiered as part of National Harp Day 2018.

Outline rehearsal schedule:

PLEASE NOTE, NO STUDENT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF REHEARSALS, ONCE WE KNOW WHO IS JOINING, WE WILL BREAK REHERSALS INTO SECTIONS!

Thursday 23 August, 1pm-5:30pm

Friday 24 August, 1pm-5:30pm

Sunday 9 September, 1pm-5:30pm

Sunday 23 September, 1pm-5:30pm

Sunday 7 October, 1pm-5:30pm

Friday 19 October, 5pm-7pm

Premiere on Saturday 20 October, Venue and times tbc, to mark National Harp Day 2018

 

Location: Rehearsals take place in Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise

Fee: Membership Fee for the orchestra is €25

Harps: If you own your own harp, you must bring it to rehearsals, MGL harps will be available to our harp students who do not yet own their own harp

Please note, the orchestra is only open to harp students from Music Generation Laois, ie. those in our schools programmes and those who attend classes in our centre.

Spaces are limited on a first-come-first-serve basis, please email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or call 057 8664176 to sign up for the orchestra.

 

New Works Series CD – available to purchase now!

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.

This high quality CD pack contains 3 separate CDs featuring:

CD 1: In My Back Garden by Elaine Agnew, with text by Ann Egan, performed by the Laois School of Music Youth Orchestra and Music Generation Laois National Schools’ Choir

CD 2: Rising of the Harps by Catriona McKay in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, performed by Catriona McKay and the Music Generation Laois Senior Harp Ensemble

CD 3: Visions and Voices by Martin Tourish in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, performed by Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

This recording project was supported by the Music Generation/ Arts Council Partnership.

Order New Work Series CD Below





Trad Orchestra Auditions

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
  • Mandolin
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Fiddle
  • Piano
  • Harp
  • 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 musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie 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.

Catriona McKay & Olav Johansson to perform at Leaves Literary & Music Festival

On Saturday 11 November, to celebrate National Harp Day, Scottish Harpist, Catriona McKay together with Swedish Nyckelharpa player Olov Johansson, will perform as part of the Leaves Literary and Music Festival taking place in the beautiful Emo Court at 5.30pm. Playing a fusion of Scottish and Swedish folk music, the duo will be joined by the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble for the performance.

Catrions McKay and Olav Johansson, Saturday 11 November, 5.30pm, Emo Court tickets are €15/€5 for Music Generation Laois students. Booking through dunamaise.ie or calling 057-8663355.

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