Easter 2019 saw the return of GaelForce, a brass, wind and percussion “eggstravaganza” that offered intensive, free music workshops for young musicians of brass, wind and percussion ages 10 to 18 in Cork City.
Co-funded through the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership, Gaelforce is run by Music Generation Cork City in partnership with Cork Barrack Street Band and Cork Academy of Music, with support from CIT Cork School of Music.
From Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 April, young musicians had the opportunity to learn in specially designed workshops, acquiring the skills and group technique needed to participate in chamber music and large ensembles. Under the guidance of a highly trained team of professional musicians and mentors - tutors Louise, Marita, Gemma, Adrian, Mick, Mike, William, Emil - participants saw their musical acumen advance at a rate of knots over the course of the three days.
On day two, the full group came together for its first ensemble rehearsal and the excitement was palbable:
Following the enormous success of Gaelforce 2018, this year’s edition introduced a brand new element: a Mentor Scheme that sought to provide young musicians ages 14+ with an opportunity to arrange scores and conduct chamber music groups.
GaelForce culminated in a public performance presided over by head tutor, Oisín McGill. The concert, featuring music from ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘A Star is Born’, Queen and other favourites, raised the roof off the Curtis Auditorium on Thursday 18 April!
The moving finale was captured on camera by the team at Music Generation Cork City:
GaelForce 2019: Brass, Wind and Percussion Workshop Event
Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 April 2019
Finale Concert: 3.30pm Thursday 18 April 2019, Curtis Auditorium CIT Cork School of Music
Music Generation Cork City is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and locally in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork ETB, The HSE, CIT and UCC.