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30/06/2016

Music Generation Louth presents Corda Connections with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Elaine Agnew

Music Generation Louth presents Corda Connections with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Elaine Agnew

Corda Connections is a creative music camp for young string players developed by Music Generation Louth as part of the Music Generation / Arts Council Partnership.

This is a fantastic opportunity for participants to spend a week with musicians from the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Music Generation Louth and internationally-renowned composer Elaine Agnew, learning to arrange and compose their own music, develop their chamber music playing, get creative with multimedia and much more.

This exciting project is geared towards classical strings and fiddle players ages 8 to 18 and takes place from Monday 4 – Friday 8 July at Dundalk IT.

The Corda Connections Team:

Elaine Agnew gew up on a farm and spent most of her childhood riding horses and playing the piano. When studying music at university she was encouraged to write her own music for all different types of instruments, giving each piece a title, then listening to someone else playing it followed by the audience applauding. For her, that was the best feeling in the world! Elaine now works as a full-time composer and writes music for many professional orchestras and young musicians including the RTÉ Orchestras, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and several Music Generation ensembles.

From the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Corda Connections welcomes Kathrine Barnecutt and Sheena Knepper. Kathrine leads the Orchestra’s busy community engagement programme and works with Sheena to deliver this and other fantastic projects to people of all ages.

Joining Elaine for the week from Music Generation Louth will be Jayne Graham who leads the well-established Louth String Orchestra programme, and Mary Jane Sweeney who teaches cello and assists with the String Orchestra rehearsals.

Corda Connections is an initiative funded under the Music Generation / Arts Council Partnership.

The Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership enables children and young people across the Music Education Partnerships to engage actively with high-calibre professional musicians from all genres of music. The Arts Council has invested €450,000 in the programme (2013-16) which is now facilitating an ambitious range of residencies, collaborative performances and composition projects around the country.

For more information about this and other Music Generation Louth programmes and events contact:

Gemma Murray, Coordinator, Music Generation Louth
Music Generation Louth, Chapel Street, Dundalk, County Louth

T: +353 42 933 4047
www.musicgenerationlouth.ie