On 9 May 2019 Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (dlr) County Council launched a new space for Music Generation dlr in its County Hall headquarters. As Lead Partner of Music Generation dlr, dlr County Council launched the space as a way to encourage and further develop the programme.
An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Ossian Smyth officially launched the opening of the new space, along with Chief Executive of dlr County Council Philomena Poole, Music Generation National Director Rosaleen Molloy and Music Generation dlr Development Officer, Jennifer O’Connor Madsen.
The highlight of the launch event was a series of special guest performances by young musicians participating in the programme, including students from Ballyogan Childcare Centre, 3rd classes from Monkstown Educate Together N.S. and 3rd and 4th classes from St Joseph’s N.S. in Dún Laoghaire. The young musicians performed their version of songs such as Hakuna Matata and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on instruments that included the violin, cello, drums, tambourine and guitar. They were supported by their tutors who work with Music Generation dlr from Kilternan School of Music, Rockjam and The Cassidy School of Music.
Speaking at the launch, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Ossian Smyth said: ‘As Cathaoirleach of Dún Loaghaire-Rathdown I am very proud of the fact that we have a Music Generation programme in our County. So far over 4,000 children in our County have accessed the programme through our MusicGeneration dlr Co-ordinator Dr. Jenny O'Connor-Madsen and the schools programme. It is inspiring to see so many young people being able to access musical instrumentals and lessons, providing them with a love for music and a skill set that will benefit them through their whole lives.’
The goal of Music Generation dlr is to develop a range of affordable and accessible performance music education programmes for children and young people aged 0 to 18 in their locality. This includes working in partnership with schools, libraries, community music groups and ensembles in the formation of choirs, ensembles, composition and songwriting projects, rock and pop initiatives and much more.
Music Generation dlr is managed by dlr Music Education Partnership, led by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare.
For further information about Music Generation dlr contact:
Dr Jennifer O'Connor-Madsen, Music Development Officer
T: 01 2047930