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Music Generation Laois Inaugural Brass Evening with Special Guest Niall O Sullivan

On Monday 27th February 2017, Music Generation Laois is delighted to announce it will host an inaugural ‘Brass Evening’ in Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street. As part of the Brass evening, there will be an open session for anyone interested in taking up a musical instrument (7:15pm-7:45pm), workshops for those already playing brass (6-7pm), and a recital to include students, Music Generation Laois Brass Tutor Anthony Flannery and a performance by one of Ireland’s top trumpet players Niall O Sullivan (8pm). Anthony and Niall will also lead the workshop and master class.

Brass instruments include trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, French horn – Music Generation Laois offer economical group lessons and hire instruments. Brass instruments will be available to try on the evening. The event is open to adults and young people and costs €5, which includes admission to a recital by one of Ireland’s foremost Trumpet players Niall O Sullivan.

Music Generation Laois, lead Brass Tutor, Anthony Flannery commented, “We are delighted to run this inaugural ‘Brass Evening’ and hope to introduce lots of people to the world of brass. This event will be interactive and brass instrumentals will be available to all participants. I would encourage anyone interested with an interest in brass playing and music making in come along and find out more.”

The brass evening is now open for registration, contact Music Generation Laois on 057 8664176 or email musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie to register.



  • Open to Music Generation Laois Brass programme students only

6pm-7pm: Brass Workshop

Open to all brass players – this group will form a bass ensemble, and they will perform what they cover in the workshop at the concert at 8pm


Introductions to Brass for all participants (open to those interested in learning brass/ parents, anyone who wants to know more plus all who attended the earlier sessions)

  • Group warm-up
  • The fundamentals of brass playing and the importance of warming up correctly
  • The essentials of brass playing, both solo and in an ensemble

8.00pm – 8:30pm

  • Brass Concert -performances by the Laois Brass Ensemble, student performances and special guest, Niall O’Sullivan

About Niall O’Sullivan

Niall O’Sullivan is a cross-genre trumpet star, he started his musical career in the Artane Boys Band, Dublin. Niall has sold out venues across Ireland and the USA, and most recently performed as a guest artist for Josh Groban’s Irish tour. He has performed on numerous occasions with the RTÉ National Symphony and Concert Orchestra’s, and featured as a soloist for ‘Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas’ where his rendition of Damian Rice’s ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ could be heard in homes throughout Ireland on Christmas morning. 

Niall has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Amy Winehouse, Michael Búble, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, José Carreras and has recorded with multi Grammy winning legend Larry Carlton, Danielle de Niese and Kim Criswell. He is also an international performing artist for Schilke Trumpets, Chicago.

Anneleen Lenaerts (Harp) & Dionysis Grammenos (Clarinet) Music Network Concert

clarinet-and-harp-music-network-concert-page-001In association with Laois County Council Arts Office, Music Network presents Anneleen Lenaerts, principle harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic  & Dionysis Grammenos, ‘the new prince of clarinet’ in a dynamic concert in St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Portlaoise on Sunday 13 November at 7pm.

Tickets available from the Dunamaise Arts Centre, €15/€12, 057-8663355 / www.dunamaise.ie


Ten young traditional musicians from Music Generation Laois have been invited to perform at the prestigious Celtic music festival ‘Creative Connexions’ in Sitges, Spain this October bank holiday weekend. The group of musicians, include harp, flute, pipes, bodhran and fiddle will travel to Spain for the 4 day Fesitval, and perform alongside well-known Irish musicians including Colin Dunne, dancer, musicians Daire Bracken, Ellen Cranitch, Desi Wilkinson and Brian Fleming.


Speaking about the forthcoming performance, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery, said that ‘the invitation to perform at an international festival is recognition of the high standard of traditional music among young people in Co Laois. Three young traditional musicians from Music Generation Laois were invited to perform in New York in May of this year, where they were introduced on stage by U2’s Adam Clayton. These international performances are an excellent passport for our young people to see the world, make international connections and promote Laois throughout their travels.’


Creative Connexions in Sitges, Barcelona takes place from the 27-30 October, and it will include:

  • More than 40 Festival Events throughout the day and night, many of which are free
  • A public, Opening Parade, Concerts, Parties, Cultural Walks, Workshops, Exhibitions, Sessions and Pop-up performances
  • 15+ Venues and Outdoor pop-up performance sites and 300+ performers, artists and musicians from Ireland and Catalonia.