Music Generation Sligo to host Summer Camps as young musicians gear up for Fleadh

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  • Dervish and West Ocean String Quartet to present master classes.
  • 6,000 children benefit from Music Generation Sligo programme.
  • Five young composers and 200 young Sligo performers to bring the ‘Big Bang’ to the National Concert Hall.

Sligo will host Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in August and to celebrate Music Generation Sligo (MGS) has enlisted internationally renowned groups Dervish and the West Ocean String Quartet to present a week of master classes for young musicians.

This unique collaboration will facilitate a blending of traditional and classical music, allowing singers and instrumentalists to hone their skills in advance of the Fleadh, which promises to be the largest gathering of musicians nationally this year.

It is part of the Music Fusion Programme, funded by the Arts Council and Music Generation, which incorporates a series of summer camps throughout June and July all over Co Sligo.

The Ensemble Performance camp to be presented by Dervish and the West Ocean String Quartet runs from June 9 to 13 and will be tailored for young instrumental and vocal ensembles, trios, quartets, and quintets or individuals wishing to form ensembles.

The summer camps catering for all ages and abilities will also include Sligo Jazz Project Youth Academy, Singskool – a ‘Glee’ style camp, Popular Music with Anything Goes, Sligo School of Rock, and Cairde Arts Festival Percussion & Song Camp & an Orchestral Adventures week.

Since MGS was launched in 2011, over 6,000 children and teenagers have participated in its Discovering Music Programme in creches, pre-schools, primary and post-primary schools in Sligo town and county . MGS also works closely with the local Special Needs Education Sector delivering a music programme for children with intellectual disabilities.

The summer programme, which will cater for 250 children age 6 – 18, was unveiled as Music Generation prepares to move into a new phase. The national music education programme for children and young people, initiated by Music Network, has been funded by U2 and the Ireland Funds since its inception, but this year the Department of Education will take over as the main funder.

In autumn another highlight on the MGS calendar takes place with the staging of “Big Bang” at the National Concert Hall in Dublin . “Big Bang” a new work by composer-in-residence Brian Irvine and five young Sligo composers, has already premiered at the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo with a performance by 200 young people from Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, the local Ursuline College, Grange Post Primary School & Sligo Community Youth Choir.

MGS coordinator Rhona McGrath said that by collaborating with some of Sligo’s finest musicians, its tutors have brought music to thousands of local children.

“Music Generation Sligo enables every child in the county who wants to learn music to do so by removing financial and geographical barriers,” said McGrath. “Children and young people get the opportunity to learn and experiment with various instruments, without a significant cost to their families or schools”.

Summer Camp bookings through the Hawk’s Well www.hawkswell.com 071 916 1518

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