As the school year draws to close and summer dawns on the horizon, thousands of children and young people will gather together with parents, teachers and friends to celebrate their fantastic musical achievements at performances and special events across Ireland.
We’ve listed just a snapshot of what’s been happening and what’s coming up –
Music Generation Carlow marked its third birthday with a two-night Gala Concert in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, featuring performances from early years and vocal programmes, young composers and musicians clubs, after-school choirs, the traditional orchestra, Rock School @ The Vault and more!
The south is buzzing with the sound of music-making as the Music Generation Cork City May-Hum continues to take over streets, stages and public spaces with choral flash-mobs, youth trad sessions, local community concerts and much, much more.
The Music Generation Laois New Works Series brings together more than 140 young musicians for the premiere of three brand new pieces composed in collaboration with renowned professionals. The culmination of this Music Generation / Arts Council Partnership Project will take place at The Heritage Portlaoise on Sunday 22 May.
On Sunday 26 June, Music Generation Limerick City will host a rocking outdoor festival live in Pery Square, with a stellar line up of young musicians and bands from the City as well as visitors from fellow Music Generation partnerships.
Music Generation Louth’s end-of-year concert series will light up the stages of The Táin Theatre, Dundalk (Wednesday 1 June) and The Barbican Centre, Drogheda (Tuesday 7 June) – a feast of music that will cross instruments and genres including strings, harp, brass, wind, guitar and voice.
On Linenhall Street, Castlebar, County Mayo, a range of the inspiring young musicians who took part in Music Generation Mayo’s Song Sparks song-writing programme and Jam Bands Mayo initiative will perform at the Ceol at the Crossroads Festival over the June bank holiday weekend.
3,000 young people will raise their voices in the Midlands for Singfest – an ambitious choral residency in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs. This spectacular concert will bring together three new Festival Choirs and Music Generation Offaly / Westmeath partner schools under the direction of internationally acclaimed choral conductor Greg Beardsell.
At Music Generation Sligo, young musicians participating in the Discovering and Performing Music Programmes in West Sligo, Ballisodare, Ransboro, Sligo Town and Ballintogher will celebrate their ongoing musical journeys at a series of end-of-year concerts.
The Ruaille Buaille Festival Tent @ Griffeen Park will play host to members of Music Generation South Dublin Choirs as they join special guest singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide in the spirit of commemoration at the Ruaille Buaille Remembers 1916 Concert on Friday 10 June.
Music Generation Wicklow singers and musicians in schools throughout the county are set to entertain parents, teachers and fellow pupils at a series of performances, featuring piano, orchestra, violin, recorder, tin whistle and voice.
…And that’s just the beginning.
Throughout the summer many Music Generation partnerships will offer summer camps and schools, host community hubs, workshops, jam sessions, concerts, festivals and more. Subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first to hear latest news and announcements and keep up to date on all that’s happening around the country on Facebook and Twitter.