This Easter, 90 young brass and wind musicians from three counties will gather at CIT – Cork School of Music for three exciting days of workshops, ensemble playing and performance.
A brand new initiative for 2017, Brass Off! will be hosted by Music Generation Cork City from Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 April. The event is a Music Generation National Partnership Project, developed in collaboration between Music Generation Cork City, Music Generation Carlow and Music Generation Mayo.
This large-scale musical jamboree will see the young brass and wind players learning and performing together with leading musician-mentors from each county. 15 Music Generation tutors will take part in the project, led by Cork City’s Shauna McCullough (Barrack Street Band), Carlow’s Gavin Barr, and Laurie Barrett from Mayo (Foxford Brass and Reed Band).
Each of the young musicians, ages 10 to 18, currently participate in Music Generation partnership projects in their locality and have been working on a selected repertoire within their local groups in the lead up to this gathering.
At Brass Off!, the players will form a full brass and reed band, coming together to rehearse and perform the work as a cross-county ensemble. Over the three days there will also be opportunities for the young musicians to explore their technique and develop their skills in smaller groups and sectionals.
The project will culminate in a showcase performance on Wednesday 12 April at the Curtis Auditorium, CIT – Cork School of Music, at 3pm. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Music Generation Cork City
Cork Education & Training Board, 21 Lavitt’s Quay, Cork