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Music Generation dlr instruments in parks launch

A unique installation of outdoor musical instruments has just arrived in three local parks in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown community with thanks to Music Generation dlr in collaboration with dlr Parks. Gentle percussive tones and sonorous ‘gong’ like sounds were in the air in Shanganagh Park during the launch of the Music Generation dlr instruments in parks initiative on June 1st 2022. Attendees were treated to performances from two local groups of young musicians.

After only two rehearsals prior to this launch young musicians from Queen of Angels Primary School were up for the challenge of performing together on these outdoor, percussion instruments. Adjusting to new surroundings, new instruments, and outdoor acoustics did not dissuade these confident young musicians from putting on a beautiful performance on the day. Their collaboration, attentive listening, musical responses and patience were clear for all to see on the day. The group brought along some of their own classroom instruments including Djembe’s and Cajon drums to demonstrate how they can be all played together and delivered a truly special performance.

Young people in Ballybrack Crosscare were led by percussionist Sebastian Jezzi to demonstrate how the space can be used even if you don’t play percussion. We were incredibly grateful to these young musicians for taking time out from Junior Cert prep and between summer exams to demonstrate the potential of the installation. This initiative will provide a widely accessible music resource to the local community and encourage everyone to learn, practice and perform music in these public spaces.

An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Lettie McCarthy, was in attendance at the launch along with members from dlr Parks.

"It is great to see so many children and young people here at the launch of instruments in the park! All these fabulous instruments are available for all members of the community and a space to embark on your musical journey at any stage in life." An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoighaire & Rathdown County Council, Lettie McCarthy
"I’m delighted to have children and young people from Music Generation dlr programmes launch these instruments in Shanganagh Park to demonstrate the potential of the installation. Today’s launch represents the power of community effort in more ways than one. Here’s to many moments of happy music making" Music Generation dlr, Music Development Officer, Dr Majella Boland

Different types of instruments are available in Shanganagh Park, Ballawley Park and Blackrock Park for the whole community.

Shanganagh Park
- Septet percussion ensemble for all music lovers in the community.

Ballawley Park
– metallophone located at a playground, accessible to children and to encourage all children to participate in their own way on the playground.

Blackrock Park
– large metallophone with music book, for all members of the community musicians and non-musicians.

Get your friends, classmates or family together to make music your way and keep the sound of music alive in DLR Parks with the help of the innovative Music Generation dlr instruments in parks installations.

Photographer: Peter Cavanagh

Music Generation dlr (Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown) is managed by dlr Music Education Partnership, led by dlr County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare.

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Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that gives children and young people access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs) in which Education and Training Board and Local Authorities play a lead role.

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