Donegal music classes, music groups – enrol now!
Welcome to the online home of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, offering top-notch Donegal music classes and organising a dozen performing groups across Donegal.
We’re now enrolling for 2017 – 2018. It all starts off with re-enrolling those who were doing classes last year. Quite a few students haven’t re-enrolled so please do 🙂 We’ll be starting to fill the gaps from our waiting list soon.
Click here for our re-enrolment page
The DMEP is making a big impact on music making in Donegal (and let’s thank the Department of Education for funding and our parent body Donegal Education and Training Board). We have almost five hundred children and young people, and some enterprising adults, getting 1-2-1 lessons in our Donegal music classes. There are another 350 in our performing music groups, which include the Donegal Youth Orchestra and the Donegal Youth Choir.
See our ‘News’ section for the latest all round. For more info on music classes, music groups or Donegal musical life in general, contact Aisling or Martin at the DMEP on 07491 76293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Donegal Music Education Partnership works in partnership with the national network of Music Generation. Thanks to MG head office and MG around the country for all the help and opportunities!
The Famous Five – Donegal Young Maestros pictured at An Grianan on Sunday night (16th) are, from left, Amy Gillen, Sarah Walsh, Amy Meehan, Michael Murray and Conor Murray. They supported Donal Lunny’s Atlantic Arc Orchestra. Remember the names! The concert was among the highlights of the 2017 Earagail Arts Festival.
We’re also signing up for our eleven performing groups, with music and singing for all ages. Our adult return-to-music group Mind Your Quavers warmly welcomes new members, as does our adult choir, the Errigal Singers. Young singers are catered for in our three junior choirs (Letterkenny, Dungloe, Carrick) and Donegal Youth Choir, conducted by Sara Laughlin. Jazzers have the Errigal Groove Orchestra and Errigal Saxtet. We’re delighted to have more than sixty young musicians signed up for the Donegal Youth Orchestra under conductor Vincent Kennedy. Big sound! Then there’s the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, who had some high-profile gigs in 2016-17, and the Donegal Junior and Intermediate Strings, who finished the year with a school tour in the Letterkenny area.
Part of the work of the DMEP is organising events and concerts. The very talented quartet above took more than 30 musicians and singers for workshops in the RCC Letterkenny recently, before playing a classy concert. They are Kris Drever (from Lau), Julie Fowlis, Aoife Ni Bhriain and Padraig Rynne. UPDATE – Kris Drever won Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Weds 5th April, as seen on BBC 4. He also won Best Original Track for ‘If Wishes Were Horses’. Julie Fowlis co-presented the show with Radio 2’s Folk Show presenter Mark Radcliffe.
The DMEP is a fantastic music project (though we say so ourselves :-).
As we may have mentioned (and no harm to do it again), the DMEP is part of Donegal Education and Training Board and is funded by the Department of Education and Skills. Many of the music classes happen in Donegal ETB schools, colleges and centres across the county. We teach mostly classical and jazz, with some contemporary/rock and traditional music. If you’d like to play or sing, get in touch!
One of the memorable moments of the 2016 Earagail Arts Festival – Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh singing an original Manus Lunny song at the ‘Home to Ballybeg’ concert in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny in July. Vincent Kennedy conducted a string section from the Donegal Music Education Partnership. He also conducted the Donegal Youth Orchestra, who played the first half.