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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.

Laois School of Music Christmas Concert featuring Music Generation Laois Brass, Oboe and Orchestral Percussion Students

The Laois School of Music Annual Christmas Concert, featuring all Ensemble Groups and including our new Oboe students and Chamber groups, will take place on Tuesday 15 December at 6pm in the Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway Street.

The Orchestra will feature young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Brass and Orchestral Percussion Programmes and will have the groups playing a mix of classical, modern and christmas pieces to get everyone into the festive mood!

All are welcome to attend the concert. Free admission on the night but donations welcome.

Harp Ensemble at the O’Carolan Harp Festival

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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

Summer Camps 2015

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Summer Camps 2015!!

Traditional Music Summer School, Tuesday 7 July – Thursday 9 of July

3 day camp with workshops in fiddle, harp, uilleann pipes, bodrhan, concertina, flute and accordion with top-notch traditional musicians. Culminating in a student concert on Thursday.

Ages: 8+ (three years experience required). Time: 11am – 3pm

Fee €60. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise

 

Stampede Drumming, Wednesday 8 of July – Friday 10 of July

Junior Camp and Senior Camp in world drumming with well-known drummer Eddie O’Neill, all instruments provided – using djembes, bass drums and congas.

Age: Junior Camp – those who have little or no prior experience. Senior Camp – those who have taken part in our Stampede Drumming schools or evening classes. 

Time: Junior camp 11am-12:30pm daily, Senior Camp 1pm-3pm daily.

Fee: €30. Venue: Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, Portlaoise

 

School of Rock and Pop, Monday 29 June-Friday 3 July

Develop confidence and stage presence in a weeklong camp culminating with a concert on the Dunamaise Stage on the final day. A team of 3 tutors from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop will work with musicians and singers – all instruments welcome!

Songwriting Module – If you would like to take a songwriting module as part of this camp, please let us know on the application form!

Ages: 10-18 (with experience in playing an instrument or singing)

Fee: €60. Time: (Mon-Thurs 11am-3:30pm; Fri 1-3pm & 4-7pm)

Venue: Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

 

Booking for each Music Generation Camp: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie or 057 866 4176 or download your Application Form Summer Camps 2015

 

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