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27/09/2017

Music Generation Louth and The Oriel Centre partner on an exciting new venture for Louth musicians

Music Generation Louth and The Oriel Centre partner on an exciting new venture for Louth musicians

Music Generation Louth has teamed up with The Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol to develop an exciting new venture for young musicians in Louth and surrounding areas, in the formation of the region’s first Youth Folk Orchestra, 'Nós Nua'.

‘Through Nós Nua we are looking to engage with competent young musicians (12 – 18 years) who will work through a series of workshops led by qualified music teachers who come from both traditional and classical backgrounds. It is a tremendously exciting initiative being led by two organisations (Comhaltas and Music Generation) with a track record in practical music education, and offers a new path (nós nua) in bringing young musicians together to lean about and perform local and regional traditional music,’ stated Comhaltas Regional Manager and project director, Kay Webster.

Participation in Nós Nua is not confined exclusively to young traditional musicians, but is open to all young people from varying musical backgrounds interested in exploring the contemporary and traditional repertoire of local Irish music and song.

Project director and Music Generation Louth Coordinator Gemma Murray stated: ‘Nós Nua will serve as a unifying centre of excellence for young traditional players, and support the infrastructure of traditional musical learning, both regionally and nationally. The project is quite unique in that it particularly welcomes instrumentalists of all kinds to apply, not just those playing instruments most associated with traditional music.’

Music Generation Louth and the Oriel Centre have been met with huge support on this initiative and will be preparing for the inaugural performance of Nós Nua to coincide with Comhaltas’ most importance calendar event in 2018 – Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which will be held this year in Drogheda.

Those interested in finding out more about the initiative or in registering their interest in participating should email Music Generation Louth at musicgeneration@lmetb.ie

For further information about Nós Nua and other projects and events at Music Generation Louth contact:

Gemma Murray, Coordinator, Music Generation Louth 
Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, Chapel St, Dundalk, Louth

t: 042 9364635
e: musicgeneration@lmetb.ie
www.musicgenerationlouth.ie

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