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30 young award-winning Louth Musicians invited perform at Dublin Castle

30 young musicians from the Music Generation Louth String Orchestra programme were invited as to perform at the official national launch of the Arts in Education Portal in Dublin Castle today.

The Music Generation Louth String Orchestra programme started in 2012 under the leadership of local professional musician and hugely experienced teacher Jayne Graham. In only three years, it has expanded to cater for three levels of young players –Senior Strings, Junior Strings and First Strings and they have won first place at the Newry Feis Ceoil as well as performing for President Michael D. Higgins at the Music Generation Gala concert last October.

Music Generation Louth is a music education service for children and young people that provides a range of opportunities throughout the county for children and young people aged 0 -18 years to learn music.

The service is currently accessed by over 3,000 children and young people annually in county Louth who participate in a range of programmes including: Vocal and instrumental lessons at regional tuition centres in Drogheda, Dundalk, Ardee, Dunleerand Cooley; Music Matters early years musicianship programme for preschools and primary schools; primary school access programmes including Let's Sing (choral)
programme, Blown Away (recorder) and Introducing Strings (classical strings); ensembles
including brass band, guitar, harp, choir and string orchestras.

Music Generation Louth is managed by Louth Music Education Partnership, a sub committee of the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board. Create Louth and the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board provide local partnership income and support in kind.

For more information on this and other Music Generation Louth projects, contact:

Gemma Murray, Co-ordinator, Music Generation Louth
T: 042 9364635


Notes to editors
About Music Generation:

• Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that helps children and young people access high quality music tuition in their local area.
• Initiated by Music Network, the programme is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills, and Local Music Education Partnerships.
• Music Generation believes in the innate artistry that lies in child and young person, that all children and young people are inherently musical and that it is every child and young person’s right to have the choice of access and the chance to participate as a musical citizen.
• Targeting 0 – 18 year olds, Music Generation focuses on performance music education which encompasses the breadth of vocal and instrumental tuition across all genres of music.

Media Contact:
Acting PR & Marketing Manager, Music Generation
T: 01 475 8454