September Enrolment Open

Music Hubz Open for September Enrolment

We are now enrolling for new students for our September afterschool classes in Easkey, Gurteen, Ballymote, Grange and Sligo. Tuition is available in keyboard, voice, guitar, ukulele, harp, cello, uilleann pipes and drums. Learn from experienced professional musician educators at a subsidised rate.

Group classes are only €237.50 for 25 weeks (€9.50 per week).

Sign up on the form below and we will be in touch closer to the time to confirm.



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Easter Beats Early Years Music Class


Something special from Music Generation Sligo this Easter break! An amazingly ‘hoppy’ interactive music class for your little ones. Join our expert musicians for a fun session of Easter themed music delights! Tell your friends and watch their little faces light up with our egg-citing tunes!! Spaces are limited. Register here before Monday 29th. Tickets only €5 per household.


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Sligo Youth Voices Returns

Sign up for a new term of Sligo Youth Voices here. The deadline for applications is February 24th.

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Lockdown Lessons

Lockdown Lessons return for three weeks from Feb 9th – March 4th

Only €25 per household for six sessions, two per week each Tuesday and Thursday. To sign up click here.

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Online Ukulele Bash

Music Generation Sligo is now recruiting young players for 𝐒𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐨’𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐔𝐤𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐞 𝐎𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚 in partnership with The Model Sligo.

Whether you are a beginner or intermediate player these classes will suit anyone trying to master the little but lovely instrument. Our classes are aimed at children and young people aged 8-18.
For only €60 you get access to 8 weeks live tuition and a ukulele and tuner. Our classes are starting online on Wed 17th February from 6:30-7pm.
Registration closes 25th January and places are limited. You can sign up by filling out the form below. If you have any queries you can contact [email protected] or call 083-0826207.

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New Cello and Ukulele Classes

New Cello and Ukulele Classes in Grange

Our tutor Anna Houston will be offering cello and ukulele classes for young people aged 7+ beginning Thursday January 14th.  Classes will be fully online and cello rental is available for a small fee.  These fun and practical classes  are perfect for a new year hobby and can be taken individually for 20/30 minutes or as part of a small group for 15 weeks.

20 minute class: €172.50

30 minute class €202.50

30 minute group class €142.50

Guitar, drums and keyboard classes are also available in the online Ballymote and Grange Hubz from Wednesday and Thursdays from January 13th.

To register your interest please send an email to [email protected] and fill in the below form.

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Saturday Band Programme

Joining a band is one of the best ways to advance your skills as a musician.   To further develop our performance music education programmes, we created a band initiative in Sligo town, in association with Rumble Rehearsal Studios.   A two day camp took place over Easter in Rumble Rehearsal Studios, and continued with weekly sessions until June 2021.

This programme is starting on September 2020 and is open to teenagers.  It takes place every Saturday dates and times TBC.  It’s ideal for musicians who are comfortable with the basics of their instrument (guitar/bass/drums/keyboard/vocals) and want to take their musical skills to the next level.   Music Generation Sligo instructors, who have a wealth of experience in both music education and as professional performing musicians, are there to guide and mentor young people in all aspects of performing in a band.

It’s a great opportunity for teenagers to meet other musicians, and most of all enjoy hearing music come to life in a band setting.



[email protected] with the following details:


Date of Birth

Parent Name & Contact Number

What Instrument you play




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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

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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Sligo International Chamber Music Festival


Introducing Sligo International Chamber Music Festival!

Sligo International Chamber Music festival takes place this May bank holiday weekend, Friday 29th April – Monday 2nd May 2016, at Drumcliffe Church and The Model Sligo. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online or by calling Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office on +353 71 916 1518.

Sligo County Council Arts Office and Music Generation Sligo partner to present a re-imagined Chamber Music festival for all ages in Sligo this May Bank Holiday weekend.

We are delighted to present the inaugural Sligo International Chamber Music Festival – a festival for all generations! Sligo International Chamber Music Festival, formerly Music in Drumcliffe, has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a highlight in the annual calendar of music events.

Under Artistic Director Tim Vogler, the festival offers its loyal audience and new visitors alike the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists including vocal ensemble amarcord, Aoife Ní Bhrian ,Crash Quartet, Mesefe Quartet and Caimin Gilmore performing alongside the internationally acclaimed ensemble-in-residence, the Vogler Quartet.

We continue our collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and we are delighted to announce a new venture with RTÉ Contempo Quartet who perform athis year and prepare for the premiere of a new String Octet by Gerald Barry with the Vogler Quartet at the 2017 Festival.

This year Music Generation Sligo has come on board as a key partner with Sligo County Council Arts Office to develop an innovative youth programme –Tuned In! This impressive Festival Youth Programme is a new short intensive chamber music experience curated by Aoife Ní Briain for student string quartets and their tutors combining masterclasses and performances. Participants will deepen their understanding of music and improve their playing within the nurturing environment of the festival. Students and tutors have the opportunity to work with the Vogler Quartet on selected repertoire and to learn, network and attend Tuned In! Festival concerts with fellow students and tutors.

We are also delighted to announce a new venue partner for the festival. This year, for the first time, a number of concerts and events will take place in The Model in Sligo town, in addition to Drumcliffe Church.

A full programme of events, masterclasses and performances is available on our website

Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is produced by Sligo County Council Arts Office and Music Generation Sligo. Funded by Sligo County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Music Generation Sligo and managed by Artscope.



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Punkit 2016

Kitchens raided for Punkit!

Pots, pans, boxes, bamboo sticks, bodhráns, boom whackers, chime bars all combined to create a fun filled musical lunchtime in the Hawks Well Theatre on Tuesday 19th April when Punkit came to town thanks to Music Generation Sligo.

Funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership, together with Cranmore Regeneration, PUNKIT aimed to broaden musical horizons, inspire musical curiosity and provide a model of adventurous music making.
According to Rhona McGrath, Music Generation Sligo Co:ordinator “it achieved that and more in Sligo, as sixty young faces of pure concentration followed the every  move of composer and conductor Stephen Deazley to create an amazing show from percussion instruments of all shapes, sizes and colours.” The children performed  with internationally renowned percussionist Joby Burgess and a 5 piece professional band made up of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar and digital piano (our own Kieran Quinn)


Stephen and Joby (of Love Music Productions Ltd, Scotland), together with national  and local percussionists Maeve O’Hara and Stephanie Pawula, worked with the  children from 4th to 6th classes at St John’s Primary School and Our Lady of Mercy  Primary School since January this year.

On Tuesday 19th, the children rose to the occasion and arrived for their morning  rehearsal with punk spirit, pink and blue hair, ripped jeans and leather jackets and 100% confident of their Punkit grooves.  They took their bows on stage later with  smiling faces to standing ovations and cheers from a proud and impressed audience in the Hawks Well Theatre.  Stephen Deazley commented ‘What a brilliant job Sligo, you were pretty blinking awesome today!’


Music Generation Sligo will present unspecified (Tues 19th April @1.30 in Hawk’s Well) a large, fun, explosive performance by 60 Sligo school children with internationally renowned percussionist Joby Burgess and the Punkit band.

The performance is the culmination of a 10-week learning and participation music project for school children age 10-13. Composer Stephen Deazley & percussionist Joby Burgess (of Love Music Productions Ltd, Scotland) together with percussionists Maeve O Hara & Stephanie Pawula are working with 4th/5th/6th classes at St John’s NS & Our Lady of Mercy NS in Sligo town and teachers Ms McCafferty, Mr Bree & Ms Sherry.

Warning – audience participation needed!

Funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership.Delivered on behalf of Music Generation Sligo and Music Generation Mayo by Music Network together with Love Music Productions Ltd (Scotland). Part of the Cranmore Regeneration through Music Programme delivered by Music Generation Sligo.

To Book Tickets – Click Here


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