String Orchestra Programme for children and young people

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jane grahamNEW TERM STARTING SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2014

Music Generation Louth has established a very successful string orchestra programme for children and young people that has expanded to cater for three levels of young string players – Senior Strings, Junior Strings and First Strings.

Groups rehearse weekly during term time at the Music Department of the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).  Performances take place at the end of each term and each year, groups compete at the Newry Feis.

Under the leadership of Jayne Graham, the programme provides members high quality training as orchestra string players and is a fantastic way for young players to develop their musical skills.

 

TERM 1 DATES: *30 August, 6, 13, 20 and 27 September; 4, 11, 18 October; 8, 23 and 29 November; 6 December (to include Christmas Concert).

* (Rehearsals on 30 August take place at Wellington Hall, St Mary’s Rd, Dundalk)

 

REHEARSAL TIMES

9.30am/10am-11.30am  Senior Strings

11.45am-12.45pm                            Junior Strings

1pm-2pm                                            First Strings

 

HOW TO JOIN

We would be delighted to hear from children and young people who would like to join our string orchestra programme. No audition is necessary.

Membership to First Strings is open to anyone that has been attending lessons on violin, viola, cello or double bass for a year or more.  Annual Membership is €60 (€30 per term payable in advance).

For further information and/or to register contact:

Gemma Murray, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Louth, Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, Chapel Street, Dundalk.

Call (042) 9364635 or email musicgeneration@lmetb.ie

 

 

JOIN US FOR SUMMER WORKSHOPS!

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FESTIVAL SAMBA, A TASTE OF BRAZIL RETURNS!

Friday 1 August and Saturday 2 August (12-4pm)

A two-day workshop with MaSamba Samba School, Ireland’s premier Brazilian music and dance collective.

 Workshop sessions take place at Dundalk Youth Centre with a performance on day two at 4pm on The Square (weather permitting!)

 No experience necessary, all instruments provided.  Open to all young people aged 13 and over.

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 TEMPER MENTAL MISS ELAYNEOUS

Friday 1 August 2014 (1.30-5.30pm)

Workshop with Irish rapper and lyricist Temper Mental Miss Elayneous.

 “ A one-woman power house of creative and literary brilliance” – The Irish Times

 No experience necessary. Open to all young people aged 13 and over. 

 

Email musicgeneration@lmetb.ie or phone/text 087 7607385 to book.

ADMISSION FREE. PLACES LIMTED.  EARLY BOOKING ADVISED.

Junior Songschool comes to Louth!

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An amazing music camp for 8-12 year olds who are interested in writing, recording and performing their own songs and music! 

We’re delighted to present Junior Songschool in collaboration with Songschool.

Books out each year in the National Concert Hall but now you don’t have to travel to Dublin for Songschool – it’s here in Dundalk and Drogheda! Guaranteed absolute musical fun. Song school is an action packed week for anyone who loves to write, perform and record their own songs. Check out the video below to find out more. We’re very lucky to have it here in Louth. Forget the hassle of travelling all the way to Dublin and simply let the kids enjoy all the fun that’s in store!

Don’t miss your chance to secure a place. Book your space with us today. Email: musicgeneration@lmetb.ie  or please feel free to phone the Music Generation Louth office on 042 93 64635.

JUNIOR SONG SCHOOL                                  Cost €55

St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda            Tues 15- Fri 18 July (10am-2pm)

O’Fiaich College                                                               Tues 22 –Fri 25 July (10am-2pm)

 

If you’d like to know more then visit the Songschool website- songschool.ie or contact us if you have any questions!

Songlines- A successful launch!

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Music Generation Louth was delighted to  launch Songlines with a performance and demonstration in the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol on June 18th.

Songlines is a new collection of 10 children’s songs, reflecting and celebrating the growing cultural diversity of county Louth.

Songlines brought Music Generation Louth together with a wide variety of other groups, to research and gather songs with the aim of building a unique and culturally diverse collection of world songs for Louth. It was a particularly exciting project for us because it helped us connect with such a diverse range of communities as a means of building better relations in the local community. The collection has been compiled for use in primary schools and each of the songs is accompanied by a game or activity to further engage the children with the musical activity.

Check out the video from the launch of Songlines below along with some photographs from the day-

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The Project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme as awarded by Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership and The Irish Government’s Reconciliation Fund, as awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

End of term concert at DKIT Music Department

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Some lovely moments from our end of term concert today at DkiT Music Department, Dundalk.

Well done everyone… it was brilliant! And so we have come to the end of our marathon run of concerts for 2013/14.

 

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A morning of celebration for our Junior Orchestra.

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Check out some of the photographs from the fantastic morning we had to celebrate our Junior Orchestra’s win at Newry Feis. Well done again to all involved. As you can see a great time was had by all … and we had a spectacular cake too!

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SUMMER PROGRAMME 2014 NOW BOOKING

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TRADITIONAL MUSIC SCHOOL                      Cost €45

St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda  Mon 30 June – Wed 2 July (10am-2pm)

A traditional music school focusing on fiddle, tin whistle and guitar. Caters for a range of levels up to advanced. Minimum experience required – one year attending lessons.   Other instruments available on request and subject to demand.

Our traditional music tutors are joined by renowned fiddler Zoe Conway, guitarist John McIntyre, Scottish harper Catriona McKay and Shetland fiddler Chris Stout for what promises to be three great days of traditional musical learning…. master classes, composition workshops, ensemble if you are young traditional player, this offers a fantastic way to develop your musical skills and learn a wealth of new music from Ireland and further afield.

 

ORCHESTRA SCHOOL                         Cost €55

O’Fiaich College, Dundalk      Tues 8 – Fri 11 July (10am-2pm)

 Calling all members of our orchestras, bands and ensembles and anyone learning an orchestral instrument …  this summer school has been designed especially for you! Make sure you get along to orchestra school this year for loads of fun workshops, rehearsals and great music!

 

 JUNIOR SONG SCHOOL                                  Cost €55

Presented in collaboration with Song School  

St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda Tues 15- Fri 18 July (10am-2pm) 

O’Fiaich College, Dundalk                          Tues 22 –Fri 25 July (10am-2pm)

 A music camp for 8-12 year olds who are interested in writing, recording and performing their own songs and music!  If you play an instrument, make sure you bring it along.  Packed with lots of fun activities and an opportunity to meet others who love music as much as you do!

 

NOW BOOKING!

Phone 042 93 64635

Email: musicgeneration@lmetb.ie

www.musicgenerationlouth.ie

 

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NEW MUSIC GENERATION LOUTH GUITAR ENSEMBLE

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We have some exciting news! In preparation for the Music Generation Louth end of year musical celebrations, we are offering all our young guitarists the chance to join a brand new guitar ensemble led by distinguished Irish guitarist Redmond O’Toole.

For those who attend lessons with Music Generation Louth there is no extra charge to join!  Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings at St Oliver’s Community College, Drogheda starting straight after Easter holidays on Monday 28 April. A number of sessions will be scheduled each evening to cater for as many young musicians as possible.

Redmond is a terrific guitarist and teacher and we are thrilled to have him join our Drogheda team of tutors. Playing in a group and getting ready for a performance is really motivating for young musicians and is really what playing an instrument is all about. We hope lots of young players will be able to come along and get involved.

 

If you are interested in joining, and/or would like more information please contact us at the

Music Generation Louth office on Tel 042 93 64635/email musicgeneration@lmetb.ie

 

 

Redmond O’Toole is recognised as one of the most distinctive and original guitarists of his generation. He was the first to adopt Paul Galbraith’s ‘Brahms guitar’ . This groundbreaking instrument and technique uses an 8-string guitar in the position of a cello. He has performed at major concert halls and events throughout Europe such as Passau International Guitar Festival, Irish National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall and Hallein Guitar Festival . He has performed as soloist with orchestras including BBC Ulster and the Irish Baroque and has toured extensively as guitarist for legendary Irish group ‘The Chieftains’. O’Toole is an important ambassador for the classical guitar in Ireland and has given concerts the length and breadth of his country. He has performed for two Irish presidents and was part of the televised concert for Queen Elizabeth’s historic visit to Ireland in 2011. He has pioneered the montessori guitar teaching method in Europe and has given workshops and master-classes for countless festivals and education projects for beginner to advanced, of all ages and walks of life.

 

STRING ORCHESTRAS TAKE THE PRIZES IN NEWRY!

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Music Generation Louth’s Junior String Orchestra was thrilled to come first place in the string ensemble competition at Newry Feis last week.  The programme’s Playstrings Training Orchestra also played superbly well and pulled off third place in the same competition.

Both groups rehearse weekly on Saturday mornings in the Music Department of DkIT under the expert direction of tutor Jayne Graham.  The standard of playing in the competition was extremely high but the polished performances by both Music Generation Louth groups impressed everyone.

Music Generation Louth Coordinator Gemma Murray said:

We were delighted that both groups came home with the trophies this year.  Of course it is not all about winning but when it happens, it’s a great boost for everyone involved. Jayne is a fabulous leader for the group; under her direction these fifty young musicians are receiving quality training as orchestral string players.  Being part of a string ensemble has developed everyone’s playing beyond measure.  The group worked hard in the lead up to the competition.   The fantastic result was a tribute to all the hard work and commitment from Jayne, the children and their parents.

Membership to both orchestras is open and Music Generation Louth is always delighted to hear from children and young people who would like to join.  Inquiries to: Gemma Murray, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Louth, Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, Chapel St, Dundalk.  Email: musicgeneration@lmetb.ie and/or tel 042 93 64635.

Music Generation Louth is a new music service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to eighteen years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. It is led by the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (formerly Co Louth VEC) and is part of Music Generation, a new national programme for music education initiated by Music Network with seed funding from U2 and the Ireland Funds.   Create Louth and the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board have provided local partnership income.

For further information contact:

Gemma Murray, Coordinator, Music Generation Louth, LMETB, Chapel St, Dundalk.

Email: gmurray@lmetb.ie

Tel 042 93 64635.

COUNTRY WIDE INTEREST IN JUNIOR BRASS BAND!

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RTE Radio 1’s popular Saturday morning radio programme Country Wide visited Music Generation Louth’s Junior Brass Band last Tuesday 8 April to listen in to rehearsals and talk to the boys and girls about being in the band.

Country Wide is presently working on a special feature on the Dundalk Brass Band due to be broadcast on Saturday 19 April at the early start time of 8.10am.  It was keen to include Music Generation Louth’s Junior Brass Band in the programme as it was established last year in close association with the senior band to create a new generation of brass players in the town.

The Junior Band programme provides an affordable way for children to access expensive instruments and receive high quality tuition.  The young musicians take part in a weekly band rehearsal under the expert guidance of Music Generation Louth tutor Michael Gaskin who himself started out his musical life in the Dundalk Brass Band.

Music Generation Louth Coordinator Gemma Murray explains:

We are so pleased at how the junior brass band programme is developing.  The group has only been playing for a year but already they are making a lovely sound. The young musicians are really dedicated and we are so fortunate to have Michael as their tutor.  Everyone is practising hard now for the end of year concert in June when they will join all our other new Music Generation Louth ensembles for what promises to a brilliant end of year musical celebration.

 Music Generation Louth welcomes inquiries from children and young people interested in joining the brass band programme.  Contact: Gemma Murray, Coordinator, Music Generation Louth, LMETB, Chapel St, Dundalk Email musicgeneration@lmetb.ie and/or tel 042 93 64635.

Music Generation Louth is a new music service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to eighteen years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. It is led by the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (formerly Co Louth VEC) and is part of Music Generation, a new national programme for music education initiated by Music Network with seed funding from U2 and the Ireland Funds.   Create Louth and the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board have provided local partnership income.

 

For more information contact:

Gemma Murray,

Music Generation Louth,

LMETB,

Chapel St,

Dundalk,

Co Louth.

 

Tel 042 93 64635

Email: gmurray@lmetb.ie