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Trad Orchestra Commission Awarded to Ryan Molloy

Composer Ryan Molloy has been awarded a commission to create a ten minute piece of music for the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, to be premiered in July 2017.

Ryan will work with the Trad Orchestra, gathering ideas and influences from the group to help create this new composition.

Dr Ryan Molloy is currently a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years, including major concert venues such as Tanglewood (U.S.A.), Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), Holywell Music Room (England) and Waterfront Hall (N. Ireland). In great demand as an accompanist, Ryan has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. The confluence of these two genres formed the basis of his PhD in composition at Queen’s University, Belfast, studying under Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell.

In September 2013, Ryan joined the Department of Music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth as a lecturer in composition.

MGL Young Harpists to Attend Edinburgh Harp Festival

13 young harpists from Music Generation Laois will attend this year’s Edinburgh Harp Festival from the 31 of March to the 5 of April. Edinburgh Harp Festival is internationally renowned for its vast programme of workshops and concerts, and attracts musicians from all over the world. Members of the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensembles will attend this year’s Festival with their Tutor Siobhan Buckley.

Music Generation Laois currently has 116 harp students and 2 harp ensembles, many of whom attend classes in their local primary schools. The Music Generation Laois senior harp ensemble collaborated with Scottish Harpist Catriona McKay in 2016 to create a new suite of music for harp ensemble, entitled ‘Rising of the Harps’ and most recently this group performed as part of ‘Avoca: A Celtic Journey,’ a 30th birthday concert for Music Network, with music for large-scale harp ensemble by Phillip Martin conducted by David Brophy. Music Generation Laois will host their 2nd annual Tionól for Harps and Pipes from the 3-5 November 2017, featuring workshops and performances from many well-known harpists and pipers.

Music Generation Laois Tionól, 4, 5 and 6 November 2016 : A national gathering for harpists and pipers across Ireland.

A weekend of workshops and performances celebrating the harp and the uilleann pipes, bringing together musicians from Sligo, Donegal, Louth, Carlow and Laois.

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Tutors:  Leonard Barry (Pipes), Timothy Doyle (pipes), Fionnan MacGabhann (pipes) , Gay McKeon (pipes), Paul Harrigan (pipes), Conor Day (pipes), David Power (Pipes), Siobhan Buckley (harp), Deirdre Ni Bhuachalla  (harp), Ramune Sakalauskaite (harp), Jolene McLaughlin (harp),  Catriona McKay (harp) and Cormac de Barra (harp)

Friday 4 November

1pm-2pm: Registration Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

2-4pm Instrumental workshops, Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

5-6pm communal music-making/ session, Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

8pm Tutor Concert, Dunamaise Arts Centre (all students are to attend and student tickets are free of charge, parents can book tickets through Dunamaise.ie/ call 057 8663355)

Saturday 5 November

9am-11am Instrumental workshops Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

11:30am-1pm Instrumental Workshops Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

2pm-4pm Harp Instrumental Worksops, Ensemble Workshop, Reed Making WorkshopPortlaoise Youth Education Centre

5-6pm Communal Music-Making/Sessions Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

8pm Concert featuring soloists plus harp ensembles Portlaoise Youth Education Centre (all students are to attend and student tickets are free of charge, open to the public, no charge however donations welcome)

10pm-11pm Student Ceilidh Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

Sunday 6 November

9am-11am Instrumental workshops Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

11:30am-1pm Instrumental Workshops Portlaoise Youth Education Centre

2pm Student Concert, programme of music made up of repertoire covered throughout TionolPortlaoise Youth Education Centre

4pm Depart

  • Lunch is included
  • Standards: A range of classes are available, open to recent beginners to advanced students. You must have your own instrument to participate, a limited number of harps are available for Music Generation Laois students only.
  • Supervision: under 18s will be supervised during break times.
  • Open to ages 7 and upwards.
  • There will be an exhibition of Salvi harps at 1pm on Sunday 6 November.

Fee: €60

Booking: musicgenerationlaois@laoiscoco.ie call 057 8664176

Concerts

Friday 4 November: Some of Ireland’s finest harpists and pipers, and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra with Accordionist Martin Tourish will perform as part of the opening concert of the inaugural Music Generation Laois Tionól, a national gathering for harpists and pipers across Ireland. Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8pm

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Featuring Leonard Barry (Pipes), Timothy Doyle (pipes), Fionnan MacGabhann (pipes) , Gay McKeon (pipes), David Power (Pipes), Conor Day (pipes), Siobhan Buckley (harp), Ramune Sakalauskaite (harp), Jolene McLaughlin (harp), Catriona McKay (harp) Cormac de Barra (harp) and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra with Martin Tourish who will perform ‘1916: Visions and Voices’ a newly commissioned work that reflects on the events of the Easter Rising.

Free admission for Tionól students, €10/€5 for general public, booking through Dunamaise.ie/ call 057 8663355)

Saturday 5 November: Student concert and the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble with Catriona McKay, Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, Railway St, 8pm

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Concert featuring students and groups from the Tionól including the Music Generation Laois Harp Ensemble with Catriona McKay perform ‘Rising of the Harps’ a newly commissioned work created by virtuoso Scottish harpist in collaboration with the Music Generation Laois Harp Esnemble.

Free admission, donations welcome.

Sunday 6 November: Student concert, Portlaoise Youth Education Centre, 2pm

Student Concert, programme of music made up of repertoire covered throughout TionolPortlaoise Youth Education Centre

Free admission, donations welcome.

The Music Generation Laois Tionól: Harps and Pipes 2016 is funded under the Music Generation National Projects Fund.

MUSIC GENERATION LAOIS TRAD GROUP TO PERFORM AT CREATIVE CONNEXIONS FESTIVAL IN SPAIN

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.

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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.’

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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.

Music Generation Laois Harpists at the O’Carolan Harp Festival.

The Music Generation Laois Harpists were delighted to travel to the international O’Carolan Harp Festival in Nobber, Co Meath, the birth place of Ireland’s most famous harpist Turlough O’Carolan, on Saturday the 1st of October.

This group of 18 harpists participated 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 and in the workshops they learned new tunes, techniques and styles.

The O’Carolan Harp Festival, 30th September – 2nd October 2016, is in its 29th 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.

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