REEL APPEAL

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TONIGHT at 9pm in Ceolaras Coleman Gurteen, an exciting concert performance by professional musicians Cian Kearins, Caoimhe Kearins, Niamh O’Sullivan and Chris Maguire.

Also performing are those who participated in the Music Generation Sligo Traditional Music Easter Camp over the past few days.

Tickets are €10

 

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TRADITIONAL MUSIC EASTER CAMP

WED 23rd – FRIDAY 25th APRIL 

Young musicians will receive a high level of professional tuition and instruction from professional tutors and musicians led by Caoimhe Kearins.  Along with advice on preparing for the upcoming County Sligo Fleady and building their repertoire, participants will learn life long skills in bringing a traditional performance to the stage.  The group will put together and perform a dynamic programme in Ceolaras Coleman with tutors on Friday evening 25th April.  Participants will also have a further opportunity of performing as part of a Music Generation Sligo event for Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann on 10th August in the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

To book: Call 071 9138306 or email [email protected]

Venue:  Ceolaras Coleman Gurteen, Co. Sligo

Time: 10am-4pm each day

Ability/level: 12-18 year olds Improvers to Advanced

Cost: €45

 

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Gala Spring Concert – Friday 4th April, 2014.

sam concertCounty Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir and the Sligo Academy of Music Orchestras present a special evening of Music in the Radisson Hotel in Ballincar, Sligo to support the excellent work of the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital, Cardiac Services unit.

The Concert will take place on Friday 4th April at 8pm and will feature performances from the Co Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir, the orchestras of the Sligo Academy of Music, the very versatile and exciting group Anything Goes and the innovative sound of the Ladies Barbershop group, No Half Measures.

The Musical Director for the evening is Niamh Crowley.

The programme for the evening promises to be upbeat and contemporary with an exciting mix of music from well-known Broadway musicals, contemporary and classical repertoires, and beautiful Irish Ballads.

The evening’s entertainment will finish up with a medley of well-known music that promises to have everyone on their feet.

Tickets are priced at only 15 euros and are available at Liber Bookshop, O’Connell Street, and Sligo Town and County Tourist Office, O’Connell Street. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

 

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Music in Drumcliffe May Bank Holiday Weekend

Join us for a weekend of inspiring music at the 2014 MUSIC IN DRUMCLIFFE Festival, at the foot of Benbulben and in the shadow of W.B. Yeats grave.
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
 
Some Festival Highlights
Schools Concert Workshop in association with Music Generation Sligo 11am Friday 2nd May
A Tribute to John Ruddock Concert, presented by Eamonn Lawlor featuring
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor D804 (Rosamunde) and Beethoven: Piano trio in B flat, Op 97 (Archduke)
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F minor, Op 120, No 1
Hans Werner Henze: String Quartet No 3
Max Reger: Clarinet Quintet in A, Op 146 
Messian: Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Chausson: Chanson Perpétuelle, Op 37 for voice, string quartet and piano
Late Night Concert @ Yeats Country Hotel with Festival Guests Artists
 
 FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME ON WWW.MUSICINDRUMCLIFFE.IE
 
Presented by Sligo Arts Service and funded by Sligo County Council, Sligo Borough Council and The Arts Council.
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Music Tutor Panel

Music Generation Sligo wishes to expand our panel of tutors. Suitably qualified and experienced candidates are invited to apply for inclusion on a panel for opportunities which may arise across a broad range of programmes for delivery in 2014-2015.  Please click the following links for further information:

Music Tutor Panel

Application Form

Closing date for applications 12 Noon Friday 21 February 2014.

 

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MUSIC GENERATION SLIGO TO INVEST IN €60,000 INSTRUMENT BANK WITH LOCAL SCHOOLS & MUSIC ORGANISATIONS

Generation Sligo has awarded almost €30,000 to schools and youth/music organisations under a new funding scheme to purchase musical instruments worth almost €60,000 in 2013/2014. The scheme will benefit up to 3,500 young people in Sligo.

 

Music Generation Sligo this week informed 21 applicants – 14 primary & post primary schools and 7 music organisations  – that their applications for 50% of the cost of instruments have been successful and together, they will work to build up music instrument banks for the purpose of new and expanded tuition programmes and performances for almost 3,500 young people all around County Sligo. The scheme, which is supported by Music Generation national and local partners, will grant-aid 50% of the cost of each local instrument bank and purchase instruments including trombones, recorders, guitars, digital pianos, violins, fiddles, banjos, concertinas, accordions, drums, a harp, a harpsichord and more… generating more music for a new generation of musicians.

 

According to one of the applicants “An Instrument Bank can afford young people taking up music the opportunity to learn and experiment with various instruments, without being a significant cost to their parents or guardians.  It can also allow every child who wants to learn music to do so by removing barriers such as socio-economic status or geographic location.”

 

Rhona McGrath, Co-ordinator, explained that “initially we advertised a €20,000 fund, but the assessment panel was so impressed at the vision articulated by the schools and organisation for the future of performance music education for young people in Sligo and the quality of applications, that a decision was made to increase the fund to €30,000.” She applauded the boards of management, teachers, committees and musicians who took the time to make an application and find the necessary 50% match funding investment to expand or create new instrument banks across the county with Music Generation Sligo.

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Sligo Academy of Music Christmas Musical Extravaganza

County Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir and the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta present a special evening of Christmas Music in the wonderful new hall and facilities at Summerhill College.

The Concert will take place on Thursday 19th  December at 8pm featuring performances from the Co Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir, the orchestras of the Sligo Academy of Music , St Mary’s Community Youth Choir, Director, Emma Purcell, and the recently established Summerhill College Choir (Directors Tara Kelly and Tracey Mc Loughlin)

This is a night not to be missed and will cater for all ages, young and old. Listen to your favourite Christmas sung by choirs and played by a 64 piece orchestra. The concert will also see performances by the SAM Junior Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Our Musical Director for the evening is Niamh Crowley.

The musical line up on the night will add some sparkle to your festive season with an exciting mix of music from Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride to White Christmas and Oh Holy Night to Jingle Bells!

The evening’s entertainment will finish up with a Medley of well-known Christmas Carols that promises to have everyone on their feet and singing to fill the hall with festive cheer.

Tickets priced at only €10 are available at Liber Bookshop, O’Connell Street and also available from County Sligo Golf Club. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you all (and hear you all) on the 19th December…. Don’t forget, 8pm in the new Hall in Summerhill College.

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Funding Scheme for Schools and Youth/Music Organisations

Music Generation Sligo has announced a new funding scheme for schools and youth/music organisations to purchase musical instruments worth €40,000 in total in 2013.

The new Music Generation Sligo Instrument Bank 50/50 Scheme, supported by Music Generation national and local partners, is seeking applications for the purchase of musical instruments from schools, youth, community and music organisations in Sligo. The scheme is set to benefit hundreds of young people under the age of 18 in Sligo.

Whether beginners or experienced, young musicians need instruments to learn and perform. The cost of these instruments can often be out of reach for many. This scheme will help groups and organisations working with young people to purchase quality instruments in any genre… generating more music and a new generation of musicians.

Music Generation is a national music education programme for children and young people, initiated by Music Network, funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds. Music Generation Sligo is part of the network of local music education partnerships established under this programme, funded and managed locally by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration Project, the Department of Environment & Local Government and the local music sector.

In 2013 Music Generation Sligo delivers programmes including: Discovering Music for Early Years; Discovering & Performing Music for Primary-, Post Primary- & After-Schools; Instrumental & Vocal Tuition Programmes in Easkey, Ballymote, Grange & The Avalon Centre; Composition & Performance Programmes. This new Scheme is being developed under the Resources & Facilities Programme which aims to develop a county-wide Instrument Bank in partnership with local organisations in Sligo.

The Music Generation Sligo Instrument Bank 50/50 Scheme is now open for applications.  The minimum award is €300 and the maximum award is €3000.   The closing date is Monday 9th December 2013.

For further information email [email protected]. Telephone 071 913 8306.

To download an application form please Click Here

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Big Bang Performance a Cosmic Success

Photographer: Louise Sexton, Loch Bó FilmsThe premiere performance of Big Bang was a huge success, as five young composers enjoyed an other-worldly experience, witnessing their compositions being performed to a delighted and appreciative audience. It took courage and matuirity for these young composers to see their work through from composition to final performance, and they together with Composer-in-Residence Brian Irvine and a small army of performers and production support, have done a terrific job.

An overview of the production and performance of Big Big:

Over 200 young people from Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, Ursuline College, Grange Post Primary School & Sligo Community Youth Choir performed in the Music Generation Sligo premiere of Big Bang by composer-in-residence Brian Irvine & 5 young Sligo composers. The young composers were Ferdia Durkin, Niamh Feeney, Ciara Murphy, Alice Purcell & Matthew Rooney. The young musicians were joined by teachers from Sligo Academy, by members of Sligo Concert Band, by professional brass musicians from Vox Merus & Artemis Brass Quintets and by Sligo singers Roisin Egan & Jonathan Carter. The performance featured an innovative projection of visuals by artists of all ages in collaboration with Sinead Dolan of Loch Bo Films. Read More »

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Five Sligo Teenagers Compose Work for Choral Festival Premiere

4 of Music Generation Sligo's Young Composers

4 of Music Generation Sligo’s Young Composers

Premiere of The Big Bang by Music Generation Sligo at the Sligo International Choral Festival

Five young local composers will be firmly in the spotlight during Sligo International Choral Festival this year, thanks to Music Generation Sligo.

The five post primary students, aged 13 to 16, were recently offered the opportunity by Music Generation Sligo to compose a piece of music, under the guidance of an expert – whose work has been commissioned and performed by  the likes of the RTE Concert Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Players, the Roald Dahl Foundation, BBC Radio 3 and the Welsh National Opera to name but a few.

Belfast composer Brian Irvine has collaborated with everyone from the late great Seamus Heaney to Snow Patrol, but is delighted with the outcome of his most recent collaboration with Music Generation Sligo and Sligo teenagers, Ferdia Durkin from Collooney, Matthew Rooney from Ballinfull, Niamh Feeney from Sligo town and Ciara Murphy and Alice Purcell, who are both from Strandhill.

The result of the year-long project is the “Big Bang” a composition in seven movements which is inspired by the wonders of space. It is due to be premiered at the Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo on Sunday November 10th as part of the International Choral Festival.

The performance will also have an innovative visual dimension, courtesy of  Loch Bo Films, who will present inserts of local children discussing their impressions of space as part of the performance. Other visual images will be screened as a backdrop while each piece of music is performed.

The work was commissioned by Sligo County Council’s Arts Service and is managed by Music Generation Sligo (MGS) in partnership with Sligo Academy of Music.

“Each of the five have produced  extraordinary pieces. It’s been a delight doing workshops with them,” said Irvine who is composer-in-residence with MGS.

This extraordinary performance will combine an extended Sligo Academy of Music Orchestra with the newly formed Music Generation Sligo Youth Choir made up of singers from a number of youth choirs from Sligo, together with a number of soloists.

The young composers were given the loan of lap tops at the start of the project and have been using special software designed for composing. They bring an eclectic mix of musical backgrounds to the collaboration.

Thirteen year old Alice Purcell, a student at the Ursuline College Sligo plays piano, concertina, guitar and tin whistle. “This last year has been a magic carpet ride for me and I’d like to thank everyone who made the carpet ride happen.” she said.

Ferdia Durkin was six when he started to study piano and cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music . For his composition he drew on his impressions of space. “I had this image of space as being peaceful and mysterious, but with hidden dangers for human beings”.

Ciara Murphy has already arranged songs for cello, Mathew Rooney plays guitar and enjoys writing songs, while Niamh Feeney who plays piano, violin, guitar, and is always “listening to or playing music” said the opportunity to compose her own music has been a joy.

 

When: 10th November 2pm

Where: The Hawks Well Theatre Sligo

Composers: Brian Irvine, Ferdia Durkin, Niamh Feeney, Ciara Murphy, Alice Purcell, Matthew Rooney

 

Commissioned by Sligo County Council Arts Service.

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

Produced by Music Generation Sligo in association with Sligo Academy of Music, Loch Bó Films & Sligo International Choral Festival.

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