Music Generation

1. Music Generation spring highlights from around the country!



Music Generation Louth: Five regional tuition centres, junior string orchestras, Let's Sing county choirs, Music Matters Early Years programmes, traditional Irish fiddle and uileann pipe programmes and publication of a new music collection Songlines - is just some of the activity happening in Louth! Upcoming April event, performance by Music Generation Louth Junior Orchestra at the Newry Feis. 

Read more here.


Music Generation Mayo: Four regional tuition centres, Phase II of the county instrument bank, Instrumental Workshop Programmes for schools, Soundworlds early years music programme and lots more! Upcoming April highlights include exciting performances by young musicians involved in the Kaleidoscope Musician-in Residence programme at the Linenhall Mayo Arts Centre, and officially launching Phase II of Mayo's County Instrument Bank. Read more here.


Music Generation Sligo: Three regional tuition centres, new job opportunities for musicians, a new 50/50 county instrument bank scheme, continued expansion of the Discovering Music access programme, Live Music in the Classroom workshops - and lots more! Upcoming spring highlights include an exciting Young Musicians Exchange between Sligo Academy of Music and Ceoláras Coleman musicians exploring diverse worlds of traditional and orchestral music, and screening of Big Bang Composer-in-Residence Film DocumentaryRead more here.


Music Generation Cork City: 2014 kick-started with a celebratory Concert Party at Cork Opera House! Hundreds of young musicians performed, from host of a multi-music-genre vocal and instrumental programmes run in partnership with Barrack St. Brass Band, SoundOUT, Creative Tradition, Cork Academy of Music and lots more.  To top it all off, a young band from Terence MacSwiney Community College involved in the SoundOUT programme rocked the RTÉ studios with their live performance on Elev8Read more here.


Music Generation Laois: 
Harp, Brass, Pipe, String, Drumming and lots more! Exciting professional development opportunities for musicians in partnership with DIT were held recently, featuring workshops on string teaching and approaches to group teaching. Upcoming highlights include a Young People's Music Festival on Saturday 15th March at Portlaoise CollegeRead more here.


Music Generation Wicklow: A range of early years and primary school access programmes continue to develop throughout Co. Wicklow in addition to an exciting and ambitious New Notes Now commission programme in partnership with Wicklow County Arts Office and produced by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. 600 young people are participating in the composition programme with many exciting performances scheduled later in 2014! Read more here.


Music Generation Carlow: Little People Big Voices early years programmes and hugely successful Choral Singing and Recorder programmes continue to grow in Carlow. A new Traditional Irish music programme is underway and an inaugural Recorder Festival featuring renowned Irish ensemble The Gregory Walkers takes place runs from March 11th - 14th. See the inspiring 'behind-the-scenes' story of the Speranza performance (composed and performed by TY students from Borris Vocational School, led by Irish Composer Linda Buckley) in this videoRead more here.


Music Generation Limerick City: Lots happening in Limerick City! Bands, choirs, orchestras, performances and a range of access programmes continue throughout the city. Band Explosion has launched - a long term project that will provide mentoring and skills building for young bands. Check out this 'behind-the-scenes' documentary about the programme here. Don't miss an exciting Gala Gig - an Orchestra of Orchestras on the 28th March at the Lime Tree Theatre!  Read more here.


Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath: It's the Kodály approach all the way! With 20 participating primary schools, this hugely successful collaboration with DIT Conservatory of Music and the Kodály Society of Ireland is making a huge musical impact on more than 1,500 children. Find out more on Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath's new website, see it here. Read more about newly formed youth choirs and an upcoming 'Play An Instrument' Outreach Programme here!


Getting started - Music Generation Clare & South Dublin: It's recruitment time! Music Generation South Dublin are currently recruiting a Music Generation Co-ordinator. Job opportunities for musicians in South Dublin and Clare to be announced shortly! 



2.  Job Opportunities - Music Generation South Dublin 

South Dublin Music Education Partnership is currently recruiting for a Music Generation Co-ordinator. Deadline for applications is 4.00pm, Monday 31st March, 2014. Read more here.    
3. Pipe Up!   
Music Generation Louth and Laois have turned a focus on the traditional art of Uilleann Pipe playing.  Read more about their Partnership with Na Píobairí Uilleann here
4. IAYO Conducting Workshops 2014

The IAYO Conducting Workshops directed by Robert Houlihan will take place at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2014 alongside the Academy's Orchestral Manoeuvres summer course.  The course will take place from Monday 7th to Friday 11th July and will accommodate a range of ability and experience.  Full details and a link to the online application form can be found here.  

5. Irish Youth Wind Ensemble


This year's IYWE takes place from 17th-23rd August at University of Limerick. Concerts will be in Waterford and Dublin with venues tbc.  Application forms are now online and the closing date to apply for auditions is Monday 10 March 2014.  For more details and to apply online visit
6. Irish Youth Choir Auditions 2014

There is still time to audition for the Irish Youth Choir!  Auditions are held annually in a number of centres nationwide and following successful audition, membership lasts for two years. Read more here

7. TOSINI Workshop
TOSINI (Teachers of Singing in Ireland) presents a one-hour workshop by Mary King, 'Singing Solutions...adapting the skills you have for different styles' on Saturday 22nd March at 7pm in St. Patrick's Hall, Donegall Street, Belfast.  Mary King will also be available for some one-to-one teaching. For full details email

8. Young Ensembles Scheme from the Arts Council


The Arts Council has announced the second round of the Young Ensembles Scheme for 2014. The purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form. You can find out more about the scheme and read the guidelines at The closing date is 10th April 2014.  

9. National Campaign for the Arts  


The NCFA Colloquy on education and the arts, arts policy and research, took place at the Radisson Hotel, Galway, on 12 February. You can read a report on the afternoon's discussions and listen back to the full audio recording here


For further information please contact

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

Telephone: 01 4758454 
Fax: 01 4758873

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