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Music Generation Cork City and Barrack Street Band take part in the 2017 Cork Jazz Festival

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The 2017 Cork Jazz Festival will swing into action this Friday with a morning of youth music workshops and a concert performed by members of Music Generation Cork City and Barrack Street Band, alongside top UK ensemble the New York Brass Band.

Building on similar Festival collaborations over the past three, this initiative will create an opportunity for Cork’s prodigious and energetic young brass players to develop their skills together with leading professionals.

Shauna McCullough, lead brass tutor with Music Generation Cork City and musical director of the Barrack Street Youth Band, explained the benefits of such events for her students: ‘Our young players work really hard throughout the year, practicing their instruments and improving their skills as young musicians through performance with the support of their instrumental tutors at Barrack Street Band and Music Gen Cork City. The upcoming workshop with New York Brass Band supported by Cork Jazz Fest is a whole new platform for our brass and percussion players to not only hear, but learn and perform a different genre of music up close and personal with the super cool, awe-inspiring group of professional musicians that is NYBB. Many of our players have been exposed to New Orleans Style music over the years through Cork Jazz Fest schools concert programme. It is just fantastic to see those children, now in their teenage years, getting these invaluable opportunities to advance as musicians, play more complex repertoire, develop their performance skills and of course, let their hair down to improvise a solo with the jazz professionals!’

One of the UK’s most highly-regarded jazz groups, the New York Brass Band have previously performed in Wembley Stadium and at the Glastonbury and Soundwave Music Festivals, claiming Jamie Oliver, Ellie Goulding and Liam Gallagher among their fans.

Leading on from Friday morning’s workshop, the young and professional musicians will team up again on Saturday to take part in the spectacular annual Jazz Parade. The Parade will take to the streets of Cork from 1pm, commencing at the Grande Parade and finishing up with a public finale concert at Emmet Place. Bands from around the world will take part in this daytime event, creating an inclusive opportunity for people of all ages and tastes to engage with the Festival.

Check out the video captured live on Saturday by the teams at Music Generation Cork City and the Barrack Street Band:

Chairperson of the Cork Jazz Festival Fringe Committee, Fiona Collins, spoke ahead of the event: ‘We are delighted that Music Generation Cork City is involved in these events again this year. It is very important to me to think that this is a way of protecting the future of the festival, involving the talent and participation of so many young people.’

A weekend of music and fun is expected for all!

Music Generation Cork City works in partnership with community-based musicians and music organisations to bring music education to children and young people across Cork City. Using the Community Education process, socially-inclusive performance music education programmes are made available in the places where children live, play, and go to school, bringing opportunities for music-making into the heart of Cork’s communities. There are currently over 2,000 children and teenagers accessing Music Generation Cork City partner programmes.

For more information about this and other initiatives and programmes at Music Generation Cork City contact:

Margaret O’ Sullivan, Coordinator
Music Generation Cork City, Cork Education and Training Board, 21 Lavitt's Quay, Cork City

T: 021 4907186
E: Margaret.O'