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Exciting new projects underway as part of the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme

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The Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme continues to develop across the Music Education Partnership network, with two exciting new projects getting underway shortly in Cork and Donegal.

Music Generation Cork City’s Bold as Brass project sees jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist and musical director Jason Yarde working over a number of months with some 100 young brass, wind and percussion learners, in preparation for a large-scale outdoor promenade performance which takes place within Cork’s historic 17th century Elizabeth Fort.

The performance is part of Cork Midsummer Festival and takes place, very fittingly, on Midsummer Day, 21 June 2015. The project will also draw in many of Cork’s experienced musicians as mentors and performers, and the whole event is supported by a range of partners including Cork City Council and its Arts Office, Cork Education and Training Board, CIT School of Music, and others.

Donegal Music Education Partnership is running its Soundwaves project over the 2015 Easter holiday period. This creative project is aimed at young musicians between 14 and 18, who are already engaged in active music-making in their own groups and bands. It is designed to give them a hands-on experience of the creativity, process and skill of professional arrangers, producers and session musicians, while experiencing what it is like to be a client working on a music release in a real recording studio.

Participants will work with a team of outstanding locally-based musicians/producers led by Tommy McLaughlin (member of Villagers and owner of Attica Audio Recording Studio) and Michael Keeney (recent work with Foy Vance, Duke Special, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra). One of the aims of the project is to open the young musicians’ eyes to the possibilities and demands of a career in the music industry, whether as musician, arranger, producer, sound engineer, or in a range of other roles.

In the meantime, Music Generation Louth is working towards the culminating performance of its traditional music project, Re-Imagining Songs and Music of Oriel. Children from four schools in the Carlingford peninsula have been working since last October with composer Elaine Agnew and local musicians Zoë Conway and Barry Hynes. They will perform their own compositions as part of Féile na Tána in Carlingford on Saturday, 7 February 2015.

The Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme is funded by the Arts Council to facilitate the interaction of high-calibre professional musicians with children and young people in a variety of different residency-type contexts.

For further information the Music Generation/Arts Council programme and initiatives, contact:

Eve O’Kelly, Programme Manager
Music Generation, c/o Music Network, National Concert Hall Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

T: 014758454