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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.

Scoil Bhríde Harpur’s Lane, Knockmay Invest in Music for the Future

From January 2015 to June 2015, Scoil Bhríde Harpur’s Lane, Knockmay in Portlaoise participated in a Music Generation Laois pilot whole class string programme whereby groups from 3rd and 4th classes were given the chance to learn violin.

This string programme is a joint initiative between Music Generation Laois and Laois School of Music and was pioneered by Dorothy Conaghan (National Concert Hall) and John Davidson (Laois School of Music).

Since September 2015, over 200 students in Scoil Bhríde now participate in weekly string tuition and the school has invested in their own instrument bank of violins.

The growth of the programme has seen more local tutors becoming involved in teaching, and learning from this unique experience.

Music Generation Laois are delighted the school has invested in their instruments, and we look forward to many pupils in the school getting the opportunity to learn violin in the years ahead.

Laois School of Music & Fraserburgh Academy Orchestras Concert

Orchestra Concert, Sunday 4th October at 5pm

The Fraserburgh Academy are making a return visit following Laois School of Music Orchestra’s fantastic trip last March. The group are travelling by coach all the way from Fraserburgh and will be arriving in Laois on Saturday, 3rd October.

They will be rehearsing with the Laois School of Music Orchestra to prepare for a wonderful concert on Sunday 4th October at 5pm in the Portlaoise Youth Education Centre which will feature students from our Brass & Orchestral Percussion programmes. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

The Scottish group will be making visits to three school around Co. Laois to perform for the pupils and entertain the teachers!

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Music Generation Laois launch pilot orchestral percussion programme

The aim of this pilot project is to create an orchestral percussion section for the Laois School of Music Junior and Senior Orchestras. We welcome current students of drums (African drums or acoustic drum kit), and piano and keyboard students. This initiative is funded by Laois Partnership Company.

Performing as part of an orchestra is an excellent way to improve a student’s standard of playing, as well as a fantastic social opportunity for students to play music with other young people. These Orchestral Percussion lessons are heavily subsidised, to encourage inclusion and accessibility. The first session is free of charge, therefore we welcome any interested students to come along on Friday 14 of November, to see what’s involved.

Orchestral percussion instruments include tuned and unturned percussion such as the glockenspiel, the xylophone, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, cymbals and handheld percussion. Piano and keyboard students should be able to adapt to both the glockenspiel and xylophone.

Free Orchestral Percussion Class, Portlaoise Youth Education Building, Railway St, Portlaoise

Friday 14 November: 6:30pm-7:30pm               Interested students aged between 9 and 12

Friday 14 November: 7:30pm-8:30pm                 Interested students aged between 12 and 18

Email rflannery@laoiscoco.ie to book into this free class, or call 057 8664078

Classes will then run on Friday evenings until Christmas 2014, exact times will be allocated after the initial free session. Dates of classes are as follows:

  • Friday 21 November
  • Friday 28 November
  • Friday 5 December
  • Friday 12 December

For 4 classes, the total cost is €10. If there is sufficient interest in the classes, we will continue lessons in 2015, at the same price.