Young Musicians from Sligo & Donegal representing Music Generation at ISME in Glasgow

Tuesday 19 July, Sligo – Five young musicians from Sligo and nine from Donegal

Back row L-R: Michelle Gallagher, Síofra Hanley, Ella Doherty, Amy Meehan, Elliot Murphy, Lughan Devenny, Cale O'Donnell. Front row L-R: Evan McGinty, Catherine Gallagher, Jennifer Kilcoyne, Grainne Mulligan, Alice Purcell. Image: Christina Irwin.

Back row L-R: Michelle Gallagher, Síofra Hanley, Ella Doherty, Amy Meehan, Elliot Murphy, Lughan Devenny, Cale O’Donnell. Front row L-R: Evan McGinty, Catherine Gallagher, Jennifer Kilcoyne, Grainne Mulligan, Alice Purcell. Image: Christina Irwin.

will travel to Glasgow later this month to represent Music Generation at the 32nd Annual International Society of Music Education (ISME) Conference. The ensemble will treat ISME delegates – a global audience of musicians and educators – to a 30-minute set on Tuesday 26 July, including the world premiere of a brand new composition created by them especially for the event.

The set list for the performance, which takes place at the National Piping Centre, Glasgow, will feature ‘The Three Wishes’, composed by the young Sligo musicians during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014. The Sligo group will then join Young Ambassadors from Donegal Music Education Partnership for a joint, improvised performance and the world premiere of their own collaborative composition, ‘Generation Music’.

Rhona McGrath, Coordinator at Music Generation Sligo, said that this opportunity in Glasgow offers a world platform for the young musicians: “It’s an honour for these young musicians and for the county to represent Music Generation, which has been a phenomenally successful programme in Ireland and here in Sligo. The ISME Annual Conference is an international event, hosted by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It features musicians and music groups from many parts of the world. It’s great for Music Generation Sligo and for our young musicians to be part of that.”

Rosaleen Molloy, National Director of Music Generation, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for these young people from Donegal and Sligo. We want this group of Young Ambassadors to illustrate the great work that is going on at Music Generation and to showcase to a worldwide audience the incredible youth music making taking place throughout Ireland, in all genres and styles. I have no doubt that they will deliver a world-class gig!”

Síofra Hanley, Young Ambassador from Music Generation Sligo, said: “I’m really excited to represent Music Generation in Glasgow. We know that the Conference is a massive event and lots of other musicians and music groups from around the world will be performing. It’s great that we can be part of that and to have had the chance to perform our own composition The Three Wishes and to collaborate with the group from Donegal to create brand new music together. We’ve been working really hard on a dynamic, energetic set and we can’t wait to perform it for the audience.”

The Sligo musicians set to perform in Glasgow, together with their peers in Donegal, are: Tom Gavin (flute), Síofra Hanley (harp), Gráinne Mulligan (violin), Liam Needham (concertina), Alice Purcell (concertina).

Throughout July the combined Donegal / Sligo ensemble have come together to collaborate, compose and rehearse the set that will be performed at ISME 2016. This exciting, cross-county music making process is directed by Sarah Murphy and assisted by Seamus Devenny, with sound by Feargus Murphy (all of Wall2Wall Music, Derry http://www.wall2wallmusic.org/)

All of these fantastic young musicians have previously participated in various local and national Music Generation programmes and events including Music @ Mount Leinster (a cross-county music camp for young traditional Irish musicians), Fleadh Fusions, a trad/classical composition and performance project during Sligo’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014, funded through the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme.

Music Generation is Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.

 

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