World premiere at Conwal Church concert

The composer of a new piece of music being premiered in Letterkenny next weekend has said it draws its inspiration from the sounds of Donegal and the experience of living in the county. ‘This is Real’ has been written by John McLachlan, one of Ireland’s best-known contemporary composers. He lives near Redcastle in Inishowen. The piece will be performed in […]

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Christmas concert arrangements – orchestras, choirs at the ready!

Here’s an information letter about Sunday’s sold-out concert for members of our ensembles taking part. And it’s a glimpse backstage for those going along 🙂 The ensembles involved are the Donegal Youth Orchestra, Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Donegal Junior Strings, Donegal Youth Choir, Letterkenny Junior Choir, Dungloe Junior Choir and Cór Shliabh Liag. But that’s far from the end of the […]

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Check out our Christmas gig guide!

The performing groups of the DMEP are out and about as usual in the busy run-up to Christmas. Lots coming up (this posted on Monday 11th Dec) – Weds 13th Dec 8pm – Conwal Singers Christmas Concert, Conwal Church, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra (conductor Victor Yélamo, leader Orsi Szabo-Yélamo). Also – four hand piano from Edita and Eiko Sat […]

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Free flute workshop with the Galways

Flute students in Donegal have the chance to take part in a free group flute workshop in Dublin with the world-renowned Sir James Galway and his wife Lady Jeanne. If there’s enough interest, the Donegal Music Education Partnership will organise a bus / transport to the event, which takes place at the Royal Irish Academy of Music on the afternoon […]

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Quartet of High Achievers at DMEP

Four music students from the Donegal Music Education Partnership have been invited to audition for a major classical music concert after getting distinctions in their examinations with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. All four have been given the prestigious High Achiever Award by the RIAM. They are Paul Gillespie (cello), Ezgi Ozbay (piano), Shaun Fletcher (piano) and Martin McGinley (violin), who’s […]

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Ellen’s team creates online music bank

Donegal has a new online music library – thanks to the work of a small team of volunteers at the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP). The team, led by pianist and tutor Ellen Quinn, has catalogued more than 1500 musical items held at the DMEP office in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. The new catalogue is available to the […]

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Cathy Jordan and Jarlath Henderson – in workshop!

Sing like Cathy Jordan! Play the pipes like Jarlath Henderson! At least a bit! Yes, the singer with Dervish and the man who pops up in all sorts of all-star outfits are coming to us for workshops on Friday 15th September. Cathy Jordan will work with the singers, and Jarlath with work with either whistles or pipes, depending on demand. […]

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Donegal Young Maestros did (very) good!

Great reception from the big audience at An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny last night for the Donegal Young Maestros. First up were the Murray twins from Falcarragh, Conor and Michael (double bass/sax). Two showcase tunes to kick things off. Conor and Michael are heading off to Vienna soon to study for six months. Then Sarah Walsh from Ballybofey was up […]

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Folk stars and young maestros at Earagail gig

One of the stand-out concerts of the Errigal Arts Festival features Donal Lunny and his Atlantic Arc Orchestra, with Donegal Young Maestros in support, at An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny on Sunday (16th) at 8pm. The Atlantic Arc Orchestra is a Who’s Who of folk musicians from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. All eight have performed across the globe and have remarkable […]

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Don’t miss out – enrol now!

Click here – re-enrol for 2017/18 We’ve got a big programme once again for 2017 – 18. If you’d like to be part of it, enrol now! We’ve got tuition across Donegal in a whole range of instruments, from violin to sax to French horn, with mostly individual lessons and some small group lessons. Last year we had close on […]

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