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Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and Maynooth University partner on a new orchestral programme

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‘JUST PLAY’ is a developmental orchestral programme designed by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath in partnership with Maynooth University Department of Music. The project aims to provide young instrumentalists ages 11 to 19 (grade 5 standard and above) with a unique opportunity to train with leading professionals.

Applications are now being accepted for JUST PLAY Sinfonietta, an ensemble aimed towards young musicians who are looking to be challenged in their individual and ensemble playing. Enthusiastic, hard-working string, woodwind, brass, percussion, harp and piano players are welcome to apply.

There are many benefits to joining JUST PLAY Sinfonietta – from making friends with similar interests, to performing with great musicians and educators.

The JUST PLAY team will bring together experienced performers and professionals from Maynooth University and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, under the guidance of Artistic Director, composer and conductor Andrew Synnott, and Deputy Director Karen ní Bhroin. Current students of Maynooth University Department of Music will also form part of the ensemble and act as ‘learning buddies’ to the young instrumentalists.

During each rehearsal the team will explore new repertoire with the young musicians, extending instrumental and ensemble skills to achieve great orchestral playing as they work together towards a fantastic performance.

All applicants will be expected to commit to attending the full schedule of rehearsals in addition to the final Concert, as follows:

  • 25 November, 2017
  • 9 December, 2017
  • 3 February, 2018
  • 3 March, 2018
  • 7 April, 2018
  • 21 April, 2018 (Finale Concert)

Rehearsals will take place over a full day, from 11am to 4pm, and are based in Athlone Institute of Technology. Please check for potential date clashes in advance of applying.

Cost: €100 (non-refundable membership fee)

There is no audition – application is by completing the online form and through teacher recommendation. Selection criteria will apply. It is not necessary to have previous experience of playing in an ensemble. The number of places available will be dictated by the final instrumentation of the ensemble.

Apply online now (Deadline for receipt of applications: 27 October, 2017)

For further information about this and other projects and initiatives at Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath contact:

Margaret Broome, Development Officer

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, Offaly County Council, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

t: 057 9357400