As Music Generation celebrates reaching 10,000 children and young people and creating employment opportunities for 120 tutors nationally, the Partnerships are already busy getting their programmes up and running in preparation for the new school term.
Music Generation Louth’s Junior String Orchestra is already back in rehearsal and classes recommence in tuition centres from the 16th September. Music Generation Mayo is expanding its tutor panel and opening a new tuition centre in Lousiburgh. Music Generation Sligo's instrumental and vocal tuition starts back the week of September 16th in Easkey and commences in three new centres - Grange, Ballymote and The Avalon Centre. Young composers in Sligo are also preparing for the premiere of their new work, Where never lark, nor even eagle flew, in November.
Music Generation Cork City is partnering with Music Network to present a workshop for young people with jazz quintet Thought-Fox on the 16th September. Music Generation Laois is rolling out its Rock School in Portlaoise Youth Café and Music Generation Wicklow is working on the M n’ M Suite, a new composition by Andrew Synnott and a group of young people exploring the parallels between maths and music for the Project Maths Conference in November.
And it’s a brand new term for our latest Music Education Partnerships as teaching gets underway for the first time in Music Generation Carlow, Limerick City and Offaly / Westmeath. Music Generation Carlow already has 24 Primary Schools, 10 child care facilities, 4 Secondary Schools, and Carlow Regional Youth Services all participating in their programme. Music Generation Limerick City has formed an ensemble from the cream of local talent to tour schools and community settings from September giving a taste of a variety of styles and encouraging as many children and young people as possible to get involved. Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath has its first training weekend for tutors this weekend with Dr. Lorraine O’Connell from DIT and visiting trainer Lucinda Geoghegan from the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
It’s an exciting time for Music Generation as we mark 75 per cent of the original target roll-out delivered on schedule.