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3rd Birthday Gala Concert Pictures

Music Generation Laois staged two fantastic concerts on Sunday the 7 of June in the Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise to celebrate 3 years of the pioneering performance music education programme in the County. These concerts featured the newly formed Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble, and Stampede Drumming Groups, young musicians and singers from the School of Rock and Pop, and an amazing choir made up of singers from Errill NS, Killadooley NS, Killenard NS, Rath NS, Gael Scoil an tSlí Dala in Ballaghmore and Presentation Primary School Portarlington.

Music Generation Laois was recently awarded national Music Generation funding from the Department of Education and Skills for 2015-2020. Through local funding from Laois County Council, Laois Offaly ETB and Laois Partnership Company, along with fundraising and tuition fees, the music programme will continue to provide over 1500 children in Laois with music tuition in the next 5 years, as well as expanding and developing into new areas of the County.

Speaking at the concert, Co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois, Rosa Flannery commented, ‘We have had an amazing three years, establishing and growing the Music Generation Laois programme, the fruits of this work is evident at today’s concerts, as the children and young people have all performed to such a high standard, with great musical skill and feeling – as well as clearly enjoying themselves on stage. The work of their tutors, staff in participating schools, and the support of their parents are all key factors in the success of these concerts. For 2015-2020, we want to continue this success story, and in particular I appeal to schools and families not currently involved in our programme to make contact with us, and find out how they can get involved.

             

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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

 

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

School of Rock + Pop Musicians perform at SMEI Conference

[sociallinkz]Young musicians from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop performed at the Society for Music Education in Ireland’s Conference in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, on Friday the 1st of November. The group of talented young people played in a large band, made up of keyboard (Claire Faherty), acoustic, electric and bass guitar (Eoghan Murphy, Luke Byrne, Pavel Malik), drums (Diarmuid Faherty), the Cajon (Sean Faherty), fiddle (Shona Nevin, Ciara Faherty), flute (Shona Nevin and Sean Faherty) with Ian Delaney on vocals.

This was the group’s first performance since joining the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop in September of this year. They performed songs by Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Elbow. These musicians receive tuition in guitar, drums and keyboard at the School of Rock and Pop, and attend weekly band time. The School of Rock and Pop is based in the Portlaoise Youth Café, and an excellent team of Tutors (Ros O Meara, Dale Hennessy, Adela Meally) provide tuition to the young people involved.

The group will also perform at the forthcoming Music Generation Laois Christmas Concert on the 8 of December in the Dunamaise Theatre.

Ciara Faherty Portarlington - Copy Group Image - Copy Pavel Malik Portlaoise - Copy Saoirse Nevin Borris in Ossory, Ian Delaney Abbeyleix - Copy Sean Faherty Portarlington - Copy Shona Nevin Borris in Ossory - Copy

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