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My Music Generation Work Experience

Ciara Long had completed her Work Experience with Music Generation Carlow from September-November 2017. She has kindly written a  brief description of her experience below.


My Musical Experience Beforehand

Since quite a young age i had always had an interest in music. I play guitar, bass guitar, piano and sing. I also did a band development programme with Music Generation Carlow and Wall2Wall Music one summer and it was after this that i really started to figure out that music was really what i wanted to do for the rest of my life. I really enjoyed working with the musicians in Music Generation Carlow and when the programme finished, i started Bass Guitar lessons in Music Generation’s Senior Rock School. I then signed up for the song writing programme that they were offering. In this we were put into bands that we would be writing songs and performing with, with the help of our mentors. We even performed in the Music Generation’s Gala Concert in May. I really enjoyed this experience and it helped me grow as a musician as well as teaching me that being a musician is hard work. There’s a lot more work in it than people think. 

Applying to Music Generation Carlow 

When the time came to start thinking about where i wanted to go on work experience the very first thing that came to my mind was Music Generation Carlow, as i wanted to do something with music and i knew Music Generation Carlow would give me a real look into what it’s like to be a professional musician and this would be a good place to get the real experience of the job i am interested in doing. I wrote a letter to Music Generation Carlow explaining why i wanted to come to work with them and sent in my CV straight away. I was delighted when they notified my that i was accepted for work  experience and they would do their best to give me both an enjoyable and education experience.

My day in the Office

The very first week that i came in, i was in the office as they had just came back after summer holidays and the office was manic. There were people calling in all day and the phones never stopped ringing. I was filing sheet music and doing the best i could to help them out. This experience definitely showed me that there’s a lot of work done behind the scenes to ensure that the kids who are involved with Music Generation Carlow get the experience that they do. It also showed me how difficult it is to be a musician and the work isn’t just playing instruments, singing or teaching kids. 

Helping to teach kids

For my second week, i went into Askea Girls National School with Music Generation Carlow musician Alison Behan to teach classes from Junior Infants to Third class. Firstly, Alison explained the approach she takes with the kids, making sure they are as involved as possible. For the first class she taught, i just watched and class by class i became a bit more involved in the class, and i really started enjoying myself. At the lunch break i had a long chat with Alison about where she studied music, different courses that are offered in Ireland, what instruments she did, musical theater and what its like to work as a musician in general. This conversation was really helpful and chatting to Alison every week like this is really helping me to think of how i will approach doing music as a career and what path i will take. 

I have been going to Askea Girls National School teaching the same classes every Thursday for the past  few weeks and i am now a lot more involved in the classes than i was the first week. I bring my guitar every week to play one of the songs the girls are learning and sometimes the other songs Alison sings in the Early Childhood Classes. The kids seem to really like music because of the positive experience they’re having  and even after only being here a couple of weeks i can really see them progressing. I had always thought i would never be able to teach music and wouldn’t like it but the experience that Music Generation Carlow has given me has completely changed my opinion and i think that i really would love to do what Alison does with Music Generation Carlow which has opened up a while new world of possibilities. 


My experience with Music Generation Carlow has not only really helped me to grow as both a musician and a person bit it had also given me an inside look into the behind the scenes of Music Generation Carlow and what its really like to be a working musician. It has taught me that, despite my original opinion i would actually like to teach kids music. It has definitely made my interest in doing music as a future career even more definite. I’m so glad i was given the opportunity with Music Generation Carlow to complete my work experience. I have not only learned a lot but i have also really enjoyed myself. It has also helped me to really start figuring out how to approach becoming a professional musician and what path to take which is exactly what i wanted to get out of my work experience. I would seriously recommend to anyone that’s thinking of doing something with music as a future career to go on work experience with Music Generation Carlow. 


Ciara Long 


Our new Mouthbox Vocal group has been drawn from students around Co Carlow in 5th + 6th  class.

These students attend Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál every Wednesday and are working closely with Alison Behan, Paula Phelan, Marian Gaynor and Anita Mahon our Music Generation vocal team.

They will learn how to use their voices and body through popular music repertoire to perform a wide range of music.

The 35 young people were nominated into the group towards the ends of the academic year.

Adam Watchorn – St Mary’s National School, Bagenalstown

Agnieszka Kramarczyk – Askea Girls National School

Aisling Byrne – Kildavin National School

Allanah Murphy – Askea Girls National School

Antonia McCabe – Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Brianna Donnelly – Askea Girls National School

Catriona Kinsella - St Fiaccs National School

Chloe Duffy Boland – Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Danielle O’Driscoll - St Fiaccs National School

Daniel Picovici – Ballinabranna National School

Eimer Cowman – Kildavin National School

Emily Jeffares – Nurney National School

Hannah Coakley – Askea Girls National School

Holly Tucker – Queen of the Universe

Jake Foran – Ballon National School

James Hayden – St Bridgets National School  Bagenalstown

Jessica Mahar – St Fiaccs National School

Katelyn Tomkins – St Columbas National School  Tullow

Lisa Byrne – Clonegal National School

Mairead Murphy – Ballon National School

Marco Emad – St Columbas Tullow

Miriam Oglesby – Carlow National School

Molly Carroll – Ardattin National School

Nadine Coogan – Queen of the Universe

Nancy Lin – Scoil Mhuire Lourdes

Nicole O’Riordan – Queen of the Universe

Nicole Salmon – Nurney National School

Noah Haughney – St Fiaccs National School

Rachel Bello – St Fiaccs National School

Robert Butnaru – Askea Boys National School

Shannen Dermody – Queen of the Universe

Sophie Mahon – St Fiaccs National School  Graigcullen

Toby Garland – St Columbas National School

Tom Byrne – Clonegal National School

Bradley Doyle – St Bridgets National School  Bagenalstown

Yemi Olleede - St Leo’s Carlow








Reelig perform at Áras an Úachtaráin

Music Generation Carlow‘s Reelig were invited on 08/07/2017 by the President of Ireland / Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to the final Garden Party of the year No.8/8 . 

Reelig were also trilled to have meet President Michael D Higgins, wife Sabina Higgins, Paddy Casey, Vinci and Fionnula Flanagan. Directed by their tutors, musicians Áine Donohue and Ciarán Somers, ‘Reelig’ performed an electric set for the President, Sabina Higgins and more. 

The young musicians performing on the day were Thomas O’Donoghue (Button Accordion); Colm Broderick (Uileann Pipes, Flute, Whistle); Meadhbh Broderick (Flute, Whistle); Niamh Nolan (Flute, Whistle); Shane Nolan (Fiddle); Conor McDermott (Banjo); Jack Gladney (Guitar); Oisín Byrne (Bodhrán); and Katie Brennan (Concertina).

It was a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and congratulations to the young musicians, for there fantastic performance on the day. 

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Suzuki Violin Programme – Starting in September 2017

Music Generation Carlow are delighted to introduce a very exciting Suzuki Violin programme to their September calendar.

This programme is suited to children who will be entering Junior Infants and Senior infants class in September. The key aspects of the Suzuki method is the committing of a common repertoire to memory, which enables the students to perform their pieces together as a group, with emphasis on developing social skills, cognition, physical co-ordination and FUN!

The weekly group classes will take place in Carlow town and PARENT PARTICIPATION is very much encouraged.Numbers are very limited so if you feel this programme is for your child, please contact the below with your interest.

Niamh Mooney – 059-9138538 or

Gala Concert 2017

It has been a very busy and exciting year for all the participants of MG Carlow. The Gala Concert  included a selection of students in the area from primary school programmes to after school Hubs, C.R.Y.S, Junior Rock School, Reelíg and Reelog. Together they performed a series of vibrant sets and tunes.

The event took place on Wednesday & Thursday, May 24 & 25 2017 at the George Bernard Theater Shaw, Carlow.

Students from the Music Generation Carlow programme experience the vital opportunity to collaborate on stage in front of a large audience on both nights. The stage was filled with the sound of young Irish musicians playing and singing.

Well done to all who participated and we would like to thank everyone who helped make both nights a Huge success.

Music Generation Carlow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network.


Please click on the link below to view the videos:

Video credits to Greg – Hedgehog productions

Photo credits to Michael O’Rourke photography

Sound and Lighting credits to Steven Corry – Premier Sound

Reelig perform at Dublin Castle for Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Reelig were invited to represent Music Generation Carlow at Dublin Castle to perform a set of tunes on Thursday 25th May 2017.

Reelig performed in front of a large audience including Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and  the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD announced,31 Local Authority Culture & Creativity Plans as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. This is a five-year initiative, starting from 2017-2022.

For more information regarding the 31 Local Authority Culture & Creativity Plans, please visit

Click on the link below to view the performance by Reelig:

Music Generation Carlow Young Ambassadors, Reelig

Vocal Week

The Vocal Week took part on Monday 15th-Monday 22nd May 2017. Local students from National Schools all over Carlow took part in the vocal week. These students learned exciting, fun and energetic vocal material exploring popular music, world music and the art of vocal percussion during the year. The Students learned to develop their confidence to perform in front of a large audience, as well as to exposure to a wide range of different musical genres.

The focus of every class was remarkable, they learned how to develop vocal skills in a fun but developmental way!

The concerts took part in Church Sacred Heart, Borris, St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown, Murphy Memorial Hall, Tullow and  St. Mary’s Church, Carlow.

A special thanks to our Music Generation Carlow Vocal team: Marian Gaynor, Trish Clarke, Anita Mahon, Elspeth Hayes and Ali Behan.Piano Accompaniment Aoife Kavanagh and Stephen Corry for Sound.

Ceol Connected presents The Far Field

 Ceol Connected embarked on a nationwide tour in May with The Far Field, and Music Generation Carlow were invited. 

Many participants from our Early Childhood sector aged from 3-7, enjoyed an irresistibly joyful and spellbinding musical tale, infused with traditional music, puppetry, and folklore.

The Far Field told the story of a farmer who, on one Summer’s day, discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest!  Suspecting it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of the farm, the farmer believes that the whistle should be returned to its’ rightful owners and so begins the journey of discovery into the magical world of fairies.

“The otherworldly realm of fairies is brought to life in this musical performance through traditional music for young children, developed and performed by Dr. Thomas Johnston (whistles and song) with Sean McElwain (whistles, guitar and fiddle), and Emma Fisher (puppeteer)

The Far Field, written by Dr. Thomas Johnston, in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre was held on Thursday 11th May 2017


Music Generation Carlow were very excited to be part of this years “BRASS OFF”  hosted by Music Generation Cork City. 19 young musicians from Carlow’s Music Generation traveled to Cork City to take part in “Brass-Off” .

The three day musical jamboree ran from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12 April  at Cork Institute of Technology’s ‘School of Music’.

The players performed a full brass and reed band, coming together to rehearse and perform the work as a cross-county ensemble. Over the three days there were also opportunities for the young musicians to explore their technique and develop their skills in smaller groups and sectionals.

We were lucky to have worked with the incredible Barrack Street Band, Foxford Brass and Reed Band representing Music Generation Cork City and Music Generation Mayo.

The Third Annual Music@MountLeinster 2017

117 young traditional musicians from Carlow , Laois, Donegal, Cork, Louth, Wickow and Clare arrived to Borris, Co Carlow for a jam-packed few days of tuition and performances led by traditional musicians: Tola Custy (Fiddle), Damien Mullane (Accordion), Ernestine Healy (Concertina), Mikie Smyth (Uilleann Pipes), Michael Rooney (Harp), James Mahon (Flute), Aimee Farrell Courtney (Bodhrán), Liam Bradley (Accordion), Niall Murphy (Fiddle), Clara Mannion (Concertina) and Tim Doyle (Uilleann Pipes).

The first concert kicked off on Wednesday night 22nd February at the Step House Hotel, Borris by the professional musicians. The evening was a great success, and many people arrived to see the musicians perform. The concert had displayed some of the best traditional musicians from Ireland, and the area of Borris was the perfect backdrop for this musical treat.

The second concert was the finale, held on Thursday 23rd February at the Step House Hotel: all the young musicians took to the stage and performed a full set each. Crowds from all over Ireland attended the concert to see the young musicians perform. After the concert, the young musicians were delighted to attend the disco that had been organised, as a reward for their hard work.

A hugh thank you to the musicians, young musicians, the principal and staff of Borris Vocational School who supported us and allowed the school hall to be transformed into a girls and boys dorm for three days.

We will look forward to M@ML 2018

M@ML is a Music Generation Carlow initiative, funded through the National Projects partnership fund.

Music Generation Research

Music Generation have just released some new research surrounding the entire success and impact of the programme around Ireland.


Are you aged between 13-18 years and interested in learning more about song-writing, recording producing, band development and the music industry?

Then we invite you to apply for this brilliant opportunity with MG Carlow at the Rock School @ The Vault, Burrin Street, Carlow!

Spaces are limited to 25 places for the year and are filling up fast!

Please email as soon as possible to reserve your place.  Applications close on Thursday 22nd September @ 5pm.

The workshop costs €10 and will take place on one Sunday a month starting on Sunday 25th September from 10am-1pm.

Please call 059-9138532/9138538 for more information.



Day 8 of the Carlow Young Creatives project here in Carlow

Carlow Young Creatives Day 3-7

What a journey Week 1 has been for the Carlow Young Creatives!

Carlow Young Creatives- BLOG of Day 1 & 2

Carlow Young Creatives, facilitated by Wall2Wall Music and funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership Programme, is currently underway here in Scoil Mhuire gan Smal NS Carlow.

The 30 participants are all aspiring young musicians, aged between 13-18 years, from across Carlow who enjoy writing and performing music,  both as an individual or group member.  The Carlow Young Creatives project allows the students the chance to explore the art of music making today and they are currently being guided day to day through the creative music-making process by the team of musicians and sound engineers from Wall2Wall Music.

So far the participants have been challenged to write their own material, compose their own melody lines, perform in front of their peers and consider the marketing direction of their band.

The 5 bands, consisting of 6 members each, all have a unique style and image and play a range of musical styles from traditional Irish to pop.

They will get the opportunity to record their own material towards the end of this week and here at Music Generation Carlow we are really excited to watch and experience the growth and development of these young musicians over the course of the next 2 weeks.

Tickets are still available for the Carlow Young Creatives  concert in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow.  Tickets are free but you are advised to reserve tickets from the MG Carlow office by emailing or phoning the box office on 059-9172400


~Young Creatives


Carlow Young Creatives (1st-14th August)

Over 30 young aspiring musicians from Carlow are set to enter the world of creative music-making for 2 weeks from the 1st-14 August when they participate in the exciting Carlow Young Creatives band development project facilitated by Wall2Wall music in Scoil Mhuire gan Smal NS in Carlow.

Instrument Bank Availability

We currently have availability for 2016-2017 on a number of different instruments in our county-wide instrument bank.


MGC is calling for Early Years and Vocal music educators for 2016/2017.

Music Generation Young Ambassadors from Carlow perform with U2’s The Edge in the Sistine Chapel, Rome

A choir of seven Music Generation Young Ambassadors, including four young singers from Carlow, joined U2 guitarist The Edge in making history as they performed live at the Sistine Chapel, Rome, on Saturday, 30 April as part of a conference on regenerative medicine, Cellular Horizons.

Band Development Project 2016

Calling All Young Musicians.  MGC NEEDS YOU!

Young Carlow musicians (between the ages of 13-18 years) are invited to apply for a band development opportunity that will run throughout the first two weeks of August 2016 in Carlow Vocational School. Pioneered by Sarah Murphy and the team at Wall2Wall music, this opportunity will allow aspiring musicians to develop their skills, by exploring song-writing, improvisation, recording and production of their own music.  Submissions are invited from musicians of all genres of music including rock, pop, traditional and technology.

This two week opportunity costs €40 and applications will be accepted by downloading the form below and returning to Paula Phelan by post to Music Generation Carlow, KCETB Offices, Athy Road, Carlow or by email to

Funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership

Carlow Young Creatives Summer Course Registration Form





Are you an intermediate/advanced secondary school traditional musician between the age of 13-18 years?

Interesting in playing really high quality traditional music in a fun and friendly environment?

Then REELIG needs you!

Reelig is MGC’s young traditional group directed by Aine Donohoe and Ciaran Somers who meet regularly to play exciting and challenging traditional repertoire.  REELIG has represented MGC at a number of local and national events over the past year and were recently participants in the 2nd staging of the Music @ Mount Leinster festival in Borris, Co. Carlow.

We are holding  auditions on Friday 13th May.  If you are interested in auditioning for a place in REELIG please email

CURIOSO- Carlow’s Children’s Music Festival 2016

Music Generation Carlow is pleased to announce its’ first children’s music festival- CURIOSO

Music @ Mount Leinster 2016

Yet again another fantastic few days was had in Borris between the 16-18th February last for the 2nd Music @ Mount Leinster traditional music festival.

Music @ Mount Leinster 2016

We are fast approaching the 2nd running of the Music @ Mount Leinster traditional music festival in Borris Vocational School, Co. Carlow from 16th-18th February 2016.

The Quiet Tree: 2015

Invited childcare facilities who currently participate on the Little People Big Voices programme enjoyed the beautiful participatory song-story event called The Quiet Tree last week, delivered by Thomas Johnston and Ceol Connected.

The two-day event in the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and Design in Carlow  took place on the 10th and 11th December 2015.  The Quiet Tree tells the story of Whistleberry Forest- a magical land of music, song, dance and adventures aimed at young children between the ages of 2-5 years.

This special music workshop invites the children to travel on a magical journey to Whistleberry Forest where they meet special creatures such as Faolain the Frog, and try to find the lost song hidden under the branches of the trees that lie there.  The participants are also invited to help creatures such as Oran the Owl, Rossa the Rabbit, Sorley the Slug and many others find the owner of the lost song.

The show was warmly received by participating childcare facilities such as Borris Community Playschool, Cherish Childcare from Graiguecullen, Mary’s Playschool from Bagenalstown, Little Learners from Rathvilly and The Trees Montessori from the Wexford Road.  Each child was invited to participate travel on the imaginary magical journey to Whistleberry Forest through a special installation that is currently on show in the main gallery of VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and Design here in Carlow._MG_2783 _MG_2784 _MG_2785 _MG_2787 _MG_2788 _MG_2790 _MG_2792 _MG_2793 _MG_2795 _MG_2797 _MG_2804 _MG_2807 _MG_2809 _MG_2810 _MG_2811 _MG_2812 _MG_2816 _MG_2817 _MG_2818 _MG_2827 _MG_2828 _MG_2830 _MG_2832 _MG_2959 _MG_2962 _MG_2963 _MG_2972 _MG_2983 _MG_2984 _MG_2990

Christmas Concert Season!

Music Generation Carlow would like to wish the very best of luck to all of the children and young people around Co. Carlow who will be performing in their respective school Christmas concerts and carol services over the coming weeks.

Christmas Extravaganza featuring MGC Piano Duet Club & Oboes

Local music provider Carlow College of Music will host a Christmas Extravaganza concert on Saturday 5th December @ 7pm in St. Mary’s Church Carlow


A quick reminder that the next traditional orchestra rehearsal will take place on Sunday 6TH DECEMBER from 10am-1pm in Borris Vocational School, Borris, Carlow.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan Visits MGC Early Years Class

One of MGC’S Early Years Primary music classes were delighted to welcome the minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan last week during the turning of the sod on the new school building.

Recent Showreels/Videos

Here are some showreels and video clips capturing the vast array of Music Generation Carlow’s facilitation across Co. Carlow.


A quick reminder that the next traditional orchestra rehearsal will take place on Sunday 15th November from 10am-1pm in Scoil Mhuire gan Smal NS, Green Lane, Carlow.


A quick reminder to everyone that all applications for our initiatives are now CLOSED.

Oboe Tuition

Are you interested in learning to play the oboe?

Then Music Generation Carlow, in association with Carlow College of Music, would like to hear from you!

Young Composer & Young Musicians Club 2015/2016

Calling all young Musicians & Composers in Carlow!
An exciting opportunity awaits you…..!

Music Generation Carlow Instrument Tender Opportunity (July 2015)

Please copy and paste the link below into your search engine to access information on the MGC Instrument tender opportunity that has been advertised this week through Kilkenny and Carlow ETB.

Hubs Registration 2015-2016

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page (Music Generation Carlow) and on this website over the Summer months for up-to-date information regarding registration for our community Hubs for 2015-2016

All registration opportunities for the Hubs will take place in late August for  any new students.

We will keep you posted!


GALA Concert 2015 in The GB Shaw Theatre

MGC recently held its’ inaugural GALA concert in The GB SHaw Theatre, Carlow showcasing the cream of the crop from the entire MG programme in Carlow.

Performances on the night came from a selection of participating groups from the Encore Singing, Recorder & Strings groups from various primary schools, Bravo Singing group from Borris Vocational School, Piano Duet Club, Rock School @ The Vault, Traditional Orchestra and indeed our current MGC Scholarship programme.

Students from the ages of 8-18 years of age performed to a packed audience in The GB Shaw and had been preparing repertoire with their respective MGC musicians for the past few months.

Each performing group really showcased the talent on offer across the entire MGC programme and indeed the development of the programme since it was launched in 2013.

We look forward to next year’s GALA concert which is sure to be even bigger and better.

Special thanks to Tony Hunt who photographed the concert on the night.IMG_0004_7683 - CopyIMG_0006_7685IMG_0006_7936 - Copy

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Dido & The Animals Photos from 22nd April

Music Generation Carlow recently held its’ 2nd Little People Big Voices song-show in The George Bernard Shaw in Carlow on 22nd April last.

Web Link for MGC GALA Concert

Here at Music Generation Carlow we are delighted to confirm that our GALA concert will be streamed live online.

New Scholarship Opportunities!

MGC is launching two schemes to help defray the costs of accessing music lessons for young people in the county.

Music @ Mount Leinster

A fantastic weekend of Traditional music-making for young people was held in Borris, Co. Carlow last weekend with the first traditional music camp of it’s kind held through Music Generation Carlow.

Music @ Mount Leinster- 27th-29th March in Borris, Carlow

Music Generation Carlow is delighted to announce an exciting weekend of traditional Irish music in Borris, Co. Carlow from 27th-29th March 2015.

‘Little People Big Voices’ Music Class for Babies

Music Generation Carlow recently launched a new music initiative for parents and babies in Borris Community Playschool, Borris Co. Carlow.

This special music class is designed for babies from 0-2 years of age and focuses on introducing the child to music through the medium of play.

The LPBV programme aims to develop a tune-ful, beat-ful and art-ful child in an Early Years setting and this music class is another strand to the already existing LPBV in over 15 childcare facilities around the county.

The class runs every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm-2pm and costs just €2 per class.

The class was launched last week and there are still spaces available for any new babies and their parents who are interested in participating in this exciting programme.


Please email or phone Imelda on 086-1781194 to book your place.

Carlow Cathedral ‘Choral Scholars’

A partnership initiative between Music Generation Carlow, the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin and Carlow Cathedral.

Music Generation Carlow: UPCOMING EVENTS in 2015

Here at Music Generation Carlow we are delighted to announce a series of new events for the upcoming year!  Lots of exciting events have been planned for the coming weeks and we are busy here in the Music Generation Carlow office preparing for them:

February 9th- 13th: RECORDER WEEK for schools participating the ENCORE recorder programme.

March 27th-29th: Music at Mount Leinster MGC Trad Feile event in Borris, Co. Carlow#

April 22nd: Little People Big Voices annual concert  in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Arts.

April 30th: MGC GALA Concert in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre and VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts.

May 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th & 21st May:  MGC SINGING week for participating Encore schools around Carlow.

May 24th: OYMC & YCC concert in St. Mary’s Church, Carlow.


For more information on any of these events please email or call 059-9138532









Update on OYMC & YCC Club

Update on OYMC & YCC Initiative

Piano Duet Club Christmas Showcase

Saturday the 13th December saw MGC’s Piano Duet Club take part in their first Christmas Showcase which took place in Holland Piano’s in Carlow.


MGC Christmas Concerts 2014

Piano Duet Club

MGC was thrilled to launch a new performance initiative last September for talented young pianists around the county.

Trad Orchestra Day

MGC’s first evening of Trad Seisiuns will take place in The Vault, Carlow (for students attending the Carlow Hub) and Borris Vocational School (for students attending the Borris Hub) on Monday 1st December from 6-7.30pm respectively.

MGC Instrument Bank

Music Generation Carlow is delighted to announce the launch of its’ first county-wide Instrument Bank.

MG Carlow HUB Registration Evenings

Are you between 8- 18 years?

Do you play a musical instrument or think you would like to start?

Then come along to the Music Generation Carlow HUB registration evenings for 2014/2015!

Job Opportunity- Resource Person (18th August 2014)

Music Generation Carlow is currently recruiting!

A position for ‘Resource Person’ has just opened and the closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 18th August 2014 (12 noon).


Please visit for all information regarding this position.


Music Generation Carlow recruitment is governed by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board.

Music Generation Carlow and Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board are equal opportunity employers.




Instrument Rental Form: SUMMER

Please find attached below a link to our Instrument Rental Form.  All Trad Hub participants from the Carlow and Borris Hub who are currently renting instruments for the summer must fill out an instrument rental form signed and returned to the following address as soon as possible:

Music Generation Carlow Office,

KCETB Offices,

Athy Rd,



Music Generation Carlow Instrument Rental Form (Summer)




MGC Trad Programme Launch Footage

November 2013 in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal NS.

Footage from Askea Boys NS Carlow ‘end-of-year’ concert

Check out this lovely footage below of Askea Boys MGC class who participated in their end-of-year concert recently.  Over 168 boys performed a series of their repertoire taught by their MGC musician Lauraine McDermott.  Congrats to all students and teachers involved in bringing the performance together!


Askea Boys NS MGC End of Year Concert 2014

Hacketstown NS: MGC violin class directed by MGC musician Marita Nolan

Please check out this lovely footage of the Hacketstown NS MGC violin class performing during the school’s end-of-year concert, alongside their MGC teacher Marita Nolan.  The students have only been playing the violin since the beginning of 2014 and are an excellent demonstration of what MGC’S Encore programme represents.

Over 24 primary schools participated on the Encore programme this year, availing of high-quality Early Years,  Choral, Recorder and Violin tuition and we are looking forward to starting year 2 of the Encore progamme in September.  Please check out the link below!

Hacketstown NS: Violin Class with MGC

Dido & Friends: Early Years Concert 23rd May 2014

Music Generation Carlow recently hosted it’s first Early Years concert for participants of its’ Little People Big Voices programme on the 23rd May in The George Bernard Shaw Theatre.  The show, entitled Dido & Friends, was a song and movement based concert which focused on showcasing the development of MGC’S Early Years programme in Carlow since it was launched in September 2013.

There were two sessions held on the 23rd (a morning session and a lunchtime session) which were both full to capacity with excited parents and family members eager to see their little ones performing!  MGC’S Coordinator Paula Phelan lead the musical showcase as Dido and all the childcare facilities were wonderful contributors to this special event.

This was the first Early Years song-show in Leinster and marked a special point in the development of the Music Generation programme in Carlow.  There has been great enthusiasm for the Little People Big Voices programme in Carlow and there is already a huge interest in the initiative for next year.

Little People Big Voices is a programme designed to work with staff in early years settings to deliver a programme of creative active music making.  Movement is used to develop voice hand and body coordination and to engage children in a positive relationship with self-expression in performance.IMG_6990 IMG_6991 IMG_6995 IMG_6996 IMG_7006 IMG_7019 IMG_7020 IMG_7041 IMG_7050 a IMG_7050 IMG_7052 IMG_7056 IMG_7057 IMG_7058 IMG_7061 IMG_7062



Footage of MGC Trad Gala Concert in The Dolmen Hotel Carlow, 14th May 2014

Here is some wonderful footage of our recent Trad Gala Concert held in The Dolmen Hotel Carlow on the 14th May 2014.

Participants on the night included groups from our two Trad Hubs in Carlow and Borris, as well as some really talented up and coming musicians from around Carlow.

On the night the children and young people performed a variety of Traditional Irish music, assisted by their talented teachers.  The evening closed with a wonderful group performance by our MGC Trad Orchestra which has grown from strength to strength since it was founded in September 2013.

Trad music in Carlow is fast becoming one of the most popular genres of music and it is incredibly exciting to see so many children and young people enjoying both the performance and social aspects of our MGC Trad Hubs.

Have a listen to this brilliant footage below filmed by Brian Hand!

MGC Trad Gala Concert- 14th May 2014- The Dolmen Hotel, Carlow

Job Opportunity with Music Generation Carlow: Resource Person

Music Generation Carlow is currently calling for applications for the following position:

Resource Person with Music.  Please find all details below.—music-generation-carlow


Closing date May 15th 2014


“Intergenerational Sing-A-Long”- Monday 12th May: Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow

Music Generation Carlow is delighted to be involved with Carlow Older Person’s Network in hosting an “Intergenerational Sing-A-Long” in The Seven Oaks Hotel on Monday 12th May from 3.30pm-5.00pm.

This special event is part of the ‘Bealtaine Celebrations’ in Carlow and is sure to be a joyous and fun-filled event lead by local music professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.

All older people are invited to come along  (bringing their grandchildren where possible!) to partake in a sing-song which will include much-loved choral repertoire from times of old and today.

This event is sure to intertwine both generations in an afternoon of song conducted through the ethos and spirit of the Music Generation programme.

Admission to this event is free and light refreshments will also be served.

Call for Ideas: Choral Programme Development

Music Generation Carlow would like to work in partnership with a choral expert/organisation to design and implement the next stage in the development of the Encore choral programme. This opportunity will involve a three pronged approach:

1. From September 2014 Music Generation Carlow would like to promote a cluster of countywide community choirs to give the children who are participating at primary level a chance to progress from the classroom singing scheme. These choirs will be situated in Borris and Tullow initially and operate on a weekly basis for the academic year.

2.  Music Generation Carlow would also like to work in partnership with this expert/organisation to develop a CPD programme for MGC choral practitioners. This would include team teaching opportunities, training and observation.

3. Music Generation Carlow would also like to work in partnership with this expert/organisation to lead and facilitate the evolution of a long term, outstanding, whole county choral strategy.

Music Generation Carlow recognises the extraordinary level of existing choral provision throughout the county and this exciting partnership opportunity is provided not to replace existing provision but to enhance, add value and support synergies between MGC and existing providers.

Music Generation Carlow is calling for proposals to meet the above opportunity. The proposal should be maximum 1000 words with an income and expenditure budget attached and be sent by email to Shortlisting may apply. Closing date for proposals is May 9th at 12 noon. The programme is to commence in September 2014.

MGC Launches Exciting New Scholarship Schemes!!!!

MGC is delighted to launch our three new exciting scholarship schemes!

These schemes will offer young people around the county the opportunity to avail of these new initiatives to enhance their musical education!

Please download a form below and return to Music Generation Carlow (address on form) if your child is interested in applying for any of these three schemes.


The Young Composers Club- 14-18 years

Young Composers’ Scheme Application Form

Young Composers Scheme (97-2003 doc)

The first scheme is entitled The Young Composers Club and is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 18 years.  This club will focus on opening the eyes of young people to the world of composition and music technology where they will learn to create, perform and be part of something extraordinary!  The Young Composer’s Club will work in conjunction with The Outstanding Young Musician’s Club


The Outstanding Young Musicians Club-12-18 years

Outstanding Young Musician Scholarship Application Form

Outstanding Young Musician scholarship (97-2003 doc)

This initiative focuses on performance with a view to further mastering their chosen instrument.  It will aim to help young people meet the cost of lessons, to open up master-class opportunities with professional musicians and a chance to reach their full musical potential in a fun and exciting way.  This initiative will work in conjunction with The Young Composer’s Club.


The Bursary Scheme -10-18 years

Young Musician’s Bursary Scheme Application Form

Young Musicians Bursary Scheme (97-2003 doc)

The Bursary Scheme will focus on children and young people who are at the beginning of their musical journey.  It will offer them a chance to develop their skills by defraying the cost of music lessons.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn Visits Borris VS: SPERANZA

Minister Quinn visit Minister Quinn Visit (2)On the 30th January last MGC was delighted to participate in the visit of Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn to Borris Vocational School.  Minister Quinn was treated to a special performance of SPERANZA by the TY Students of Borris VS, which the students composed alongside renowned contemporary Irish composer Linda Buckley.  SPERANZA (meaning ‘Hope’ in Italian) was the product of a very exciting collaboration between Linda Buckley and the students which culminated in the composition of the beautiful SPERANZA; a four-part choral work representing and encapsulating thoughts, feelings and views of the modern world.  MGC was thrilled to be part of the Minister Quinn’s visit visit and SPERANZA will now make it’s way to Italy where the students will perform the piece in Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice as part of their TY trip.

Exciting times ahead for these talented composers of the future!

The Hubs Trad Programme: Carlow & Borris

MGC is delighted to announce that our Carlow & Borris Trad Hubs are now officially up and running!  Lessons commence weekly in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal for the Carlow Trad Hub and Borris Vocational School for the Borris Trad Hub.  Both programmes are really exciting and give local children the chance to experience and participate in group performance opportunities through the art of Traditional Irish Music. Instruments on offer in both Hubs include Fiddle,Trad Flute, Trad Whistle, Accordion, Concertina and Banjo.  Our team of experienced musicians deliver classes in a fun and energetic way working together with MGC to promote Trad music around Carlow.  Our first monthly session took place on Tuesday 11th February in The Vault and was attended by lots of young Trad enthusiasts.  The session was led by MGC musicians Marita Nolan and Brian O’ Dean.

The next session to take place will be our Borris Trad session on 11th March in Borris Vocational School from 6-7.30pm.  The session is open to those taking lessons in the Borris Trad Hub or to new people as part of our Silver Package at a cost of €45.00 for the remaining 3 sessions.  These sessions will subsequently take place once a month until the end of term.

For more information please call the Music Generation Carlow office on 059-9138532 or email

Borris Trad Hub Application Form




SPERANZA: Collaboration between Irish Composer Linda Buckley & the TY Students of Borris VS

The students of Borris Vocational School finally had the chance to perform and showcase their greatly anticipated composition entitled ‘Speranza’ on 20th December 2013 in VISUAL Carlow.  The event was a very special occasion, not only for the students of Borris VS but also for Music Generation Carlow, Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office and VISUAL Carlow which saw a culmination of the hard work and dedication of all the TY students involved in the project, as well as that of their renowned Irish composing mentor Linda Buckley.

Speranza (meaning ‘Hope’ in Italian) is a piece of music composed by Linda Buckley and the Music Generation Carlow TY students of Borris Vocational School in response to Janet Cardiff’s 40-Part Motet, which is currently installed in VISUAL Carlow.  The installation has been an enormous success with visitors to VISUAL and indeed art lovers all around the county or the past few months.  Speranza is a powerful piece of choral writing that immerses the listener in a multi-layered sound-space, bringing them on an emotional journey from despair through to hope and light.  The students wished to create a piece that reflected the world they live in today and this is achieved appropriately during the various contrasting sections of the 4-part work.

The students decided on the theme of the piece themselves and they worked closely with Linda to bring the piece together during a series of workshops and indeed during their regular Music Generation classes with vocal practitioner and Music Generation Carlow musician Aideen Byrne. Each section of the piece differs from the previous one and climaxes to a glorious polyphonic wall of sound in the final section.

Special thanks to Carlow Local Authorities Arts Office and VISUAL Carlow who are funding and commissioning this project in association with Music Generation Carlow.

Speranza will be performed in its’ entirety again on 16th January 2014 in Borris House, Carlow @ 5pm.



Traditional Irish Music Programme Registration Form

Music Generation Trad Programme Registration Form

MGCarlow set to launch Traditional Irish Music Programme

Music Generation Carlow is delighted to announce the launch of its’ Traditional Irish Music programme with an exciting afternoon of sample tuition and group performances for young musicians.

The launch which will take place from 3-6pm on Saturday 30th November in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal NS, Carlow, and is a fantastic opportunity for children to sample the tuition on offer with Music Generation Carlow’s Traditional Irish Music programme.

The afternoon will involve a ‘workshop-style’ tuition session where the children can avail of the opportunity to participate in a ‘sample’ class with our experienced tutors.  The young musicians will learn a song with their respective tutors and it is hoped that all musicians will come together at the end of the day for a large group performance of the chosen song.

This event is FREE to participants from 2nd class up to 18 years of age. All levels of musicianship, from beginners to advanced players, will be catered for.  At the end of the launch day, participants will be invited to sign up for weekly lessons, monthly sessions and termly traditional orchestra events (there will be a small charge for weekly lessons).

The launch of MGCarlow’s Traditional Irish Music programme is an exciting event for the young musicians of Carlow to avail of quality tuition and to experience group performing.  It is hoped that this programme will grow over time and allow musicians the chance to develop their traditional music skills in a friendly, relaxed and full-filled atmosphere.

If you would like more information on the launch of MGCarlow’s Traditional Irish Music programme please contact Paula Phelan at or call 059-9138532


Rock School@ The Vault

MGC is delighted to have launched its’ popular-music based strand in The Vault over the past few weeks entitled Rock School@The Vault, in association with Carlow Regional Youth Services.  Our MGC musician team includes the talented trio of Paul Horohan, Mike Hayden and Orla Colleton who teach guitar, drums and vocal studies respectively.  The musicians are working from  a popular music based repertoire and there has been a fantastic response to the strand from participating students who meet every Saturday morning to receive tuition in a lively, fun-filled and exciting atmosphere.  The aim of Rock School@The Vault is to promote performance learning in an enjoyable and relaxed way and is open to all young people no matter what level their are currently at in their musical studies.

If you would like more information on Rock School @The Vault please contact MGC on 059-9138532 or email



Borris Vocational School Variety Show and MGC

This weekend marks the annual Borris Vocational School Variety Show and one of MGC’s first public performances with a choral showcase by Borris Junior and TY Choir, as part of their MGC Bravo programme.  The concert will take place this Friday 8th November at 8pm and Sunday 10th November at 7.30pm in the school sports hall and will feature a wealth of talent from the students, (and indeed the staff!) of Borris V.S.  Tickets are available on the door each night or from Borris V.S reception.

Update on VISUAL project

Just a quick update on the progress of the VISUAL project in collaboration with renowned Irish contemporary composer Linda Buckley.

Linda Buckley

Music Generation Carlow on YouTube

Check out our beautiful collage of photos from the launch of our Little People Big Voices and Encore launch!

Renowned Irish Composer Linda Buckley to collaborate with MGC!

Music Generation Carlow is privileged to announce a very exciting musical collaboration in partnership with County Carlow Arts Service and involving internationally renowned contemporary Irish composer Linda Buckley.

Launch of MGC’S Traditional Orchestra

This week marks the launch of Music Generation Carlow’s Traditional Orchestra.  To coincide with the national Culture Night 2013 festival, the members of MGC’S Traditional Orchestra, along with a host of established local musicians, will perform a “Flashmob” of traditional tunes from 7pm to 7.30pm on Friday 20th September in Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.  This exciting event will not only celebrate Carlow’s involvement in Culture Night 2013 but will also be the Traditional Orchestra’s first local performance!

Music Generation Carlow will be hosting rehearsals from 4-6.30pm in the Parish Centre, College St. Carlow for young traditional musicians from 5th class-18 years, followed by their first ever traditional orchestra performance.

Contact Music Generation Carlow via email or phone on the details below to register your interest:

Paula Phelan, Coordinator Music Generation Carlow
T: 059 9138583

Book early as places are limited!

Music Generation Carlow Features on News2Day

rte logoMusic Generation Carlow were delighted to participate recently in a broadcast feature for RTE 2′s news programme News2Day.  The feature was shown live on RTE 2 on the 4th September 2013 and included a performance by the children of Bishop Foley NS and Scoil Mhuire gan Smal under the direction of Mary Amond O’Brien, Marian Gaynor and Imelda Andrews.  Congrats to the Choral Practitioners and all the children who took part on the day. Check out the link below!

Music Generation Carlow Features on RTE 2′s News2Day



KCLR Interview

Recent interview with Paula Phelan, newly appointed coordinator for Music Generation Carlow on KCLR 96FM.

Musician Induction Day

Music Generation Carlow is excited to have so many highly qualified musicians on the team. We are committed to providing on-going training and opportunities for feedback for our musicians.