Donegal music classes, music groups and much more!
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 have almost five hundred children and young people (and some enterprising adults) getting 1 to 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.
STOP PRESS 1 – Cracking event on the way. Not one but two orchestras from Laois coming up for the weekend Sat 25th/Sun 26th March. Big concert with the Donegal Youth Orchestra at An Grianan on Sun 26th. Book now! www.angrianan.com
STOP PRESS 2 – Catch them while they’re still getting famous! Soundwaves Live! concert, Regional Cultural Centre, 8pm Saturday 11th March. Talented young Donegal musicians doing original material, including live improv. Admission free, all welcome
STOP PRESS 3 – Lots of music teachers signing up for our workshop at Radisson Letterkenny on Saturday, 10am – 4pm. It’s ‘Teaching music – ideas from the masters’ with music education specialist Dr Lorraine O’Connell, DIT. More in our ‘news’ section.
STOP PRESS 4 – Auditions for Donegal Chamber Orchestra are on Sat, 25th March at 1:30pm at RCC, Letterkenny. Great opportunity to develop your playing. Apply by Mon, 20th March. Wanted – 3 violins, 2 violas, 1 double bass. Interested? Call or email us. See ‘news’ section for more.
In fact, 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
The big majority of our Donegal music classes’ slots across the county are fully booked, but we do have some one-to-one spaces still available. 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 almost seventy young musicians signed up for the Donegal Youth Orchestra under conductor Vincent Kennedy. Big sound!
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.
The DMEP is a fantastic music project (though we say so ourselves :-).
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 last year’s highlights – 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 conducts a string section from the Donegal Music Education Partnership.