Music Generation Sligo launches ‘Go See’ for young people and music sector

The aim of the Go See initiative is to support the young person and the music sector by encouraging attendance at music events. Music Generation Sligo has teamed up with venues, festivals and music promoters on a discount scheme for young people under 18 to avail of half-price tickets.

Details will be printed in brochures by the Hawk’s Well Theatre, Con Brio, Sligo Festival of Baroque Music, Sligo Live and more!

 

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Culture Night

Join Music Generation Sligo on Culture Night – Friday 19th September at The Bakeshop & Lyons Café for coffee, pastries and a flavour of new music from young composers & musicians in Music Generation Sligo’s Big Bang & Fleadh Fusion events.

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The Big Bang is back by popular demand!


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Audiences can look forward to a day-time show at The Hawks Well Theatre at 1pm on Friday 3rd October for another cosmic performance of new music by Brian Irvine & 5 Young Sligo Composer – Ferdia Durkin, Niamh Feeney, Ciara Murphy, Alice Purcell, Matthew Rooney. Their compositions will again be performed by a small army of performers – 120 children & young people from Sligo Community Youth Choir, Grange Post Primary School & Ursuline College together with an 80 young musicians from Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta Orchestra.

The piece is inspired by the mystery and wonder of space and our place within it. The piece was commissioned by Sligo County Council Arts Service.

Funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Per Cent for Art Scheme & Music Generation.

 

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Fleadh Fusions celebrates Generations of Music

Music Generation Sligo was proud to produce a very successful opening concert in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014 at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Sunday 10th August  with Dervish, West Ocean String Quartet, Sligo Academy of Music Orchestra and young traditional musicians. The concert was programmed by Neil Martin – Artistic Director and MC – who arranged scores of music for the intergenerational ensemble including works by composers across the generations O Carolan (16th/17th Century), Coleman (19th/20th Century) and Brendan Graham, present on the night!

Musicians aged 13-53 (approximately!) performed to a full house in a concert which was the final part of a 3-month Music Generation Arts Council Partnership Programme. The first part of the programme, took place in June with two intensive composition and performance weeks in The Model for young musicians who were mentored by and performed with these professional full time musicians and with Neil Martin as composer. The first week produced a number of brilliant new compositions, one of which ‘The Three Wishes’ was premiered during the second half of the concert by the young composers themselves Alice Purcell, Síofra Hanley, Dúlra Hanley and Liam Needham, joined by the full ensemble. Also in the second half were a large number of the participants from the performance week, either in the orchestra or joining in some of the repertoire. Young singers joined with Cathy Jordan for stunning performances of a number of songs including The Sally Gardens and Knocknashee, composed by Brendan Graham.

The audience jumped to their feet as the 60-strong ensemble, masters and apprentices, ended with a highly-charged set of Coleman’s Reels – the Sligo composer who is being celebrated during the Fleadh.

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Music Fusion Programme

Music Generation Sligo’s Music Fusion Programme, celebrating Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Sligo is funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme.

The first week in June gave ten young musicians the opportunity to explore composition and arrangement across classical and traditional genres under the guidance of professional composer and musician Neil Martin. Four days of intensive work challenged their musical skills, creativity, technical know-how and whilst working in pairs called on their ability to compromise. Some of the young musicians stated their goal for the four days was to learn the basics of composition never imagining how much could be done in such a short time frame. Evidence of the success of this week was not only in the concert on the final evening where family and friends listened to compositions spanning classical traditional and popular music, but on the palpable excitement and enthusiasm from the young musicians.

The second week in June was an exciting collaboration with professional musicians from West Ocean String Quartet, Dervish and 22 young musicians. Open to singers, instrumentalists and existing groups in the classical or traditional genre, the aim was to improve ensemble performances through mentoring with two professional groups. Some participants had a classical background, others traditional and some both. The task for classical musicians was to use their ear more and rely less on sheet music, for traditional musicians it was to look at other approaches in which music could be arranged and the overall goal was to find a common ground. The young musicians, dedicated and driven, gained insight into both genres learning from both professional groups and also each other. For the professional musicians it was new territory, which opened up new ways of thinking.

An Invigorating, refreshing and rewarding experience on all sides, Music Generation Sligo’s Music Fusion Programme was a new opportunity to nurture, enhance and stimulate a deeper musical knowledge through working in close proximity with professional musicians. The upcoming Fleadh Fusions Concert on Sunday 10th August in Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo will be a collaboration of both weeks. With performances from West Ocean String Quartet, Dervish, some participants from the Composer Camp and from the Ensemble Camp, the concert will be a celebration of a new journey with endless possibilities.

To buy tickets for the upcoming Music Fusion Concert click here

 

 

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SLIGO LOVES LIVE MUSIC

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21ST THE ITALIAN QUARTER

Celebrate Sligo’s vibrant music scene

Sligo will host Ireland’s only Love:Live Music Day this year. Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Arts Service, Sligo Live and Sligo Music have joined forces with The Italian Quarter, Cairde Arts Festival, Furey’s Bar, Chapters and Ocean FM to host a bumper Love Live Music day in Sligo.

A free outdoor concert in The Italian Quarter on Saturday, June 21st from 2-
5pm
will showcase a rich selection of Sligo’s musical talent across many different genres. Many local musicians will play various venues on Saturday evening, making this a special musical day in Sligo.

A Love:Live Music Busking event will also take place from 2-5pm on Rockwood Parade and JFK Parade on Sat, June 21st and welcomes acts from across the country.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will launch their programme with a big concert in the Sligo Park Hotel featuring several all-Ireland winning Céílí Bands.
Furey’s Bar feature a full night of music commencing with their weekly 8pm early evening session.

The pubs and venues of Sligo will be awash with musical talent on this evening.

The diversity of the Sligo music scene will be on display in this highly anticipated event which will have a particular focus on young musicians. Although the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Music Network decided to postpone Love:Live Music nationally until 2015 to restructure the event, Sligo will continue to celebrate the wealth of talent in the city and county to help publicise how important live music is to Sligo.

Live music is the heartbeat of County Sligo, a very strong element of our local identity and plays a significant role in the local economy. Many Sligo based musicians are full- time professional performers, and many are engaged in music education and employed in the production, recording, publicising and promoting of music and the arts. Sligo would bear comparison to the early days of Nashville or Austin, Texas where huge numbers of musicians living in these cities led to major music industries emerging and prospering there. The unique music scene with quality performances every night of the week astounds visitors and is a potent force in Sligo’s tourism revival. Commencing with the famed fiddle players Coleman, Morrison and Killoran who first recorded Irish music through to modern day acts like Oddsocks Revival, Shane Filan, Cian Egan, Old Hannah, Moxie, No Crows, Anything Goes, Téada, Dervish, Rackhouse Pilfer and Niamh Farrell, Sligo musicians are making waves both within and beyond these shores.

Events like Sligo Live, Cairde, Sligo Jazz Project and now the Fleadh are flagships for this rapidly growing phenomenon.

Music Generation Sligo has opened the door to music for thousands of children and young people in County Sligo since 2011. 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. Music Generation Sligo Co-ordinator Rhona McGrath commented that “Music Generation Sligo is delighted to partner with Sligo County Council Arts Service and the music sector to provide further performance opportunities for young people.”

Love:Live Music Day welcomes all visitors on Saturday June 21st from 2pm until late for a fun for all musical event.

Funded by Music Generation Sligo & Sligo County Council Arts Service

For further details contact:
Órla Sweeney
[email protected] www.sligomusic.ie https://www.facebook.com/SligoMusic?ref=hl https://twitter.com/Sligo_Music

 

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Summer Camp with Dervish & West Ocean String Quartet

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Date: Monday 9th June – Friday 13 June: Time: 10am – 3.30pm Venue: The Model

Age group – 13-18

Bookings: www.hawkswell.com/events/sligo-events   Phone: 071 916 1518

Young musicians age 13-18 – don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn and perform with Dervish & West Ocean String Quartet as part of the Music Generation Sligo Young Ensemble Week. We’re looking for singers and instrumentalists in any genre, individuals or existing groups. It will be a fantastic week where you can indulge in your music, learn new repertoire, explore the fusion between classical and traditional music, form new ensembles and improve your performance through mentoring & performance with Dervish & WOSQ. You may even be invited to perform with them on Sunday 10th August in the Hawk’s Well in a Music Generation concert as part of Fleadh Cheoil Sligo.

This camp is part of Music Generation Sligo’s Music Fusion Programme to celebrate Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Sligo. Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland & Music Generation.

 

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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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Workshop & Concert for Young Musicians

Workshop & Concert Friday 16 May for Young Musicians
Cello, fiddle, violin

Music Generation Sligo in collaboration with Music Network are offering a FREE Workshop with musicians Alasdair Fraser (fiddle), Natalie Haas (cello) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (fiddle/voice) and half price tickets to their concert in the Hawk’s Well on this Friday 16 May.​

Friday 16 May
Workshop 4pm – 5.30pm (meet at Hawk’s Well) FREE
Concert 8pm TICKETS REDUCED TO €6 FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS IF YOU ATTEND WORKSHOP

Bookings: Hawk’s Well Theatre 071 916 1518
For further information on the concert and musicians click the following link

http://www.hawkswell.com/events/event/alasdair-fraser-natalie-haas-and-mairead-ni-mhaonaigh​

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Music in Drumcliffe

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May Bank Holiday Weekend
www.musicindrumcliffe.ie

A Festival of Chamber Music with the Vogler Quartet and Guests

Trio di Parma – Italy
Zandra McMaster (mezzo-soprano) – Ireland/Spain
Michael McHale (piano) – Ireland
David Orlowsky (clarinet) – Germany
Strings Attached: Chiral Quartet and Arioso Quartet

May Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 2 – Monday 5, May 2014
St. Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo
Tickets range from €10 to €25
Bookings can be made by phone, post or online through www.musicindrumcliffe.ie
Tickets for all concerts can also be purchased from Artscope 01 5059582 or Drumcliffe Tea House 071 9144956

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