Music Generation


1. A Snap Shot of Music Generation Activity Around the Country! 


Carlow's Aspiro Choir with U2's Bono & The Edge at the 
Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Awards


Louth: Exciting new choral programme 'Young Louth Voices' commenced in Drogheda and Dundalk. Five tuition centres now firmly established in Ardee, Cooley, Dundalk, Dunleer and Drogheda. See more here.


Mayo: New Kaleidoscope Big Band Musician-In-Residence Programme for young musicians from all genres. RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra visits in December. Fresh from its performance on Lyric FM during RTÉ Big Music Week, Gealóga set to perform at the launch of Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) on the 27th November. See more here.


Sligo: Music Generation Sligo is still on a high after the cosmic success of the Big Bang premiere at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Sunday 10th November. See more here.


Cork City: The rappers from Music Generation Cork City had everyone with their 'hands in the air' at the opening of the Society of Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) Conference in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra earlier this month. See more here.


Laois: Also performing at the SMEI Conference were young musicians from the Music Generation Laois School of Rock and Pop launched recently at the Portlaoise Youth Café by Jack L. Performances at the National Ploughing Championships in September were followed in October by a fantastic workshop with jazz harpist Edmar Castañeda thanks to Music Network. See more here.


Wicklow: Music Generation Wicklow launched two new initiatives: New Notes Now! and Music Capital Scheme. Students from Scoil Chonglais have been busy composing Rhythm + Algorithm, a new composition to mark the launch of Project Maths. See more here.

Carlow: Celebrating reaching 2,850 children and young people, TY students collaborating with Irish composer Linda Buckley, a new Aspiro Choir satellite in Bagenalstown and Rock School@The Vault recently launched in association with Carlow Regional Youth Services. See more here.


Limerick City: A mid-term Band Camp, the launch of Limerick City of Culture 2014, electrifying Children's concerts, a new Children's choir and a workshop with Edmar Castañeda - just some of the exciting activity that's been happening in Music Generation Limerick City! See more here.


Offaly/Westmeath: The musicians with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath have been non-stop getting their Early Years Kodály Programme up and running in primary schools. RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra visits in December. See more here.



2. Music Generation at SMEI


The third annual conference of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI): The Music Education Gathering 2013 took place at St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin from 1st-3rd November. As part of the event, Music Generation hosted a symposium reflecting on the MEND report examining how Music Generation is addressing the delivery of accessible and affordable vocal/instrumental training, a gap in provision highlighted at the time in the report. See here for details of the event.

Young musical ambassadors from Music Generation Cork City and Music Generation Laois proudly represented their counties at the event. See a photo reel of the rappers from Cork and musicians from Laois' School of Rock and Pop below.

Music Generation Cork City and Laois Perform at SMEI Gathering 2013
Music Generation Cork City and Laois Perform at SMEI Gathering 2013

3. Encountering the Arts Ireland 


On Wednesday 27th November 2013 Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Ruairí Quinn TD, the Minister for Education and Skills will launch Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) at 2pm in the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. ETAI marks an historic coming together of many significant organisations and individuals who share a common purpose of working to allow children and young people encounter quality arts and education. Performing at the event will be Music Generation Mayo's accomplished young traditional ensemble, Gealóga. No strangers to high-profile events, Gealóga were featured Music Generation Young Musical Ambassadors at a Department of Education and Skills EU Presidency event in June. 

Music Generation Sligo's Big Bang - A Cosmic Success!

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 and 5 young Sligo composers. Read more here



5. Rhythm & Algorithm - a Music Generation Wicklow Premiere

On Friday 15 November, students from Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass, Wicklow, will premiere Rhythm + Algorithm, at NUI Maynooth as part of a Maths conference marking the launch of Project Maths. Composer Andrew Synnott and a team of five Music Generation Wicklow musicians have been working collaboratively with over 40 young people over 9 weeks in Scoil Chonglais in composing a piece of music based on the link between Music and Maths. Read more here.   


6. RIAM New Cara Awards


The Royal Irish Academy of Music has announced a new evaluation programme, the RIAM Cara Awards. Designed for schools and communities engaged in group music-making and drama work, this innovative programme particularly supports beginners and their teachers and is ideal for group teaching in multiple environments. See here for more details. 

7. NYCI Annual Conference 2013 - Youth Development through the Arts

The National Youth Council of Ireland has announced details of its Annual Conference 2013. This major conference for those working in the youth, community and voluntary sector, academics and policy makers will provide insights on funding and partnership strategies which can be applied across your organisation's work with young people, and also give you valuable networking opportunities for you and your organisation. See more here.  

8. IAYO seeks nominations for Agnes O'Kane award 


In advance of its 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras on Saturday 8th February 2014, the IAYO is happy to announce a new award that was first presented at the 16th Festival of Youth Orchestras in 2011. The Agnes O'Kane Award will be presented annually to a volunteer who has contributed to the growth of youth orchestras in Ireland. The award recognises the vital contribution that volunteers have had in the growth of youth orchestras over the last thirty years. See here for more information and details of how to make a nomination.   


9. EPTA Ireland


On Sunday 24th November at 12 noon in the Rathmines and Rathgar Hall, Dublin 6, EPTA Ireland - Irish branch of the European Piano Teachers' Association, presents Barbara Dagg: Can regular ear-playing help piano students to 'keep going' when sight-playing? Read more here


10. Music Network presents Nikolay Khozyainov 


Irish concert-goers are still talking about the spellbinding technique and supreme artistry displayed by Nikolay Khozyainov while winning last year's Dublin International Piano Competition, and Music Network is delighted to give you the chance to hear this young Russian musician in full flow. Book now for tickets to Nikolay's performances on his nationwide tour. See more here


For further information please contact

Music Generation
c/o Music Network 
National Concert Hall Building
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Telephone: 01 4758454 
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MUSIC GENERATION c/o Music Network, National Concert Hall Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2   
Tel: 01 4758454