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Join the Music Generation Waterford Traditional Ensembles in 2020!

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Calling all young traditional players in Waterford! An opportunity has arisen to join the Music Generation Waterford Traditional Ensembles.

Music Generation Waterford is looking for dedicated young traditional musicians who are of an intermediate/advanced level with at least 3 years’ experience to join its Traditional Ensembles. The 2020 season will present new performance and workshop opportunities for ensemble members including collaborations with other Music Generation areas and scheduled performances with international visiting groups.

Established in January 2019 under the directorship of Nóra Byrne Kavanagh, Eoin O’Meachair and Anthony Roche, Music Generation Waterford Traditional Ensembles have collaborated with many well-known musicians including Benny McCarthy (button accordion), Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (flute), Conor Arkins (fiddle) and Siobhán Buckley (harp). In May 2019 the Music Generation Waterford Senior Ensemble collaborated with Donegal Accordionist Martin Tourish to create a new 30 minute suite called ‘The Colour of Warmth’ funded through Music Generation/Arts Council partnership and premiered at the Creative Connexions Festival in Sitges, Catalonia. Intermediate and Senior Ensemble players have also attended the Tiónol Festival hosted by Music Generation Laois and have collaborated with Traditional Ensembles from Music Generation Carlow.

The Music Generation Waterford Traditional Ensembles are open to all ages up to 18 years. Successful applicants will meet for weekly rehearsals jam-packed with music-making every Thursday from 6.15 - 7.45pm, from 16 January 2020 onwards. Young musicians are required to commit to attending all rehearsals.

Spaces are allocated on an audition basis. To apply, send an email to with your name, date of birth, instrument(s), standard (how many years you have been playing, any significant performances or achievements in this time), a short paragraph on why you would like to become an ensemble member, parent/guardian contact telephone number and home address. Expression of interest emails must come from applicants; applications made by parents/guardians on behalf of young musicians will not be accepted.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday 6 January 2020. Auditions will be held on Thursday 9 January from 4pm onwards.