Sligo’s Young Musical Ambassadors to Perform at Department of Education & Skills EU Presidency Event

On Wednesday January 30th two of Sligo’s finest musical representatives – Teaspach traditional band and harpist Elsa Kelly – will take centre stage to perform as guest artists for the Department of Education and Skills’ Conference on Higher Education, an event organised as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency.

Nominated by Music Generation Sligo (a new music education service for children and young people in Co. Sligo, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds in partnership with Sligo Music Education Partnership – Sligo VEC, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government & representatives of Sligo’s Music Sector) these musical ambassadors will perform to a distinguished international audience at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Teaspach is a group of young musicians whose repertoire and style reflects the great Sligo music tradition. Formed three years ago under their director Jos Kelly, Teaspach were the winners of the 2012 Siansa Gael Linn national award for young traditional groups. In high demand locally and nationally, they recently performed at the Temple Bar Trad Fest as part of Ceol na nÓg Sligeach in the Dublin premiere of Michael Rooney’s The De Cuéllar Suite at Christchurch Cathedral. Elsa Kelly started playing traditional Irish music at the age of six and quickly progressed, winning numerous all-Ireland medals for harp, flute and group playing. She was a member of Spraoi which won the Siansa Gael Linn competition in 2009 and is also a member of Ceol na nÓg Sligeach. She is the senior harp teacher with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann Fred Finn Sligeach and teaches and performs regularly at festivals and concerts throughout Ireland.

“Music Generation is delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Department of Education and Skills, Local Music Education Partnerships and many young musicians through the country on this ambitious performance programme to mark Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.” said Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation. “We can have no finer ambassadors than our children and young people – the Music Generation of the future.”

This performance is the second in a series of exciting musical celebrations that have been organised by the Department of Education and Skills and Music Generation for Ireland’s EU Presidency which will feature some of Ireland’s finest young musicians throughout the country over the coming months.

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