Following months of rehearsals, members of Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath’s developmental orchestral programme Sinfonietta are preparing to perform at the Finale Concert on 21 April in Athlone Institute of Technology.
In September 2017, applications were sought for Sinfonietta, a developmental orchestral residency designed by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath in partnership with Maynooth University Department of Music. The aim of the project is to provide young instrumentalists aged 11 to 19 with a unique opportunity to collaborate and train with leading professionals over a series of intensive rehearsals intended to challenge individual and group playing. Sinfonietta brings together like-minded musicians, giving them the chance to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of music, performance and ensemble playing.
Over the course of five rehearsals, the professional musician team has brought together experienced performers and professionals from Maynooth University and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, under the guidance of Artistic Director, composer and conductor Andrew Synnott, and Deputy Director Karen Ní Bhroin. Current students of Maynooth University Department of Music have also formed part of the ensemble, acting as ‘learning buddies’ to the young instrumentalists.
During each rehearsal, the team explored new repertoire with the young musicians, extending instrumental and ensemble skills to achieve great orchestral playing in preparation for the Finale Concert.
The Finale Concert will take place on 21 April from 4pm-6pm in Athlone Institute of Technology.
For further information about this and other projects and initiatives at Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath contact:
Margaret Broome, Development Officer
Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, Offaly County Council, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly