That was the Summer of ’16!
[- Yes it was. And now it’s the summer of 2017, so time for an update, OK?]
And now it’s the summer of 2018. Surely you must have a project or two?
[- OK. Soon as we get a mo’. I mean, it’s not as if we’re short of stuff – Soundwaves III, concerts in Glenveagh, Ramelton, Balor (2), An Grianan, a CPD workshop for tutors, Young Maestros, a music commission, a concert by a Japanese pianist, a workshop by a Serbian-US pianist, Fab Five doing workshops, need we continue?]
A project or two? What about a concert or event every week since the start of the year!
[- Yes. Get it sorted, proper.]
Actually our focus in the summer of 2018 is to get organised for the new tuition calendar, starting in September. It’s been a great year so far, yes we would say that, involving the National Concert Hall, Lourdes, world premieres, the occasional temple, church and marquee (how inclusive can we get?) and lots more. As well as excellent exam results from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College London. Now it’s about filling the spaces left by that talented bunch of Donegal musicians heading off to third-level
[Meanwhile, back in 2016 (still with us?)] So what did you do this summer? (actually, if you’re from Donegal and it was something musical, drop us a line email@example.com!)
The good old DMEP has been having a music-filled time. Here are just three of the happenings in this Summer of ’16 –
- Gigrig in Ennis – the DMEP helped to organise a group of talented young musicians who played a storm on the gigrig in Ennis during the All-Ireland Fleadh on Thursday 18th August. The musicians were drawn from traditional music schools across the county, including the Inishowen Traditional Music Project, Ceol na Coille (Letterkenny), Mulroy Music (Milford) and An Crannog (Gaoth Dobhair)
- World conference, Glasgow – nine young musicians from Donegal, most of them from the DMEP’s Soundwaves project, headed to Glasgow to perform at the world conference of the International Society for Music Education. In company with five musicians from Music Generation Sligo, they got a rousing reception for their gig at The National Piping Centre on Tuesday 26th July. They were playing as Music Ambassadors for Music Generation.
- ‘Home to Ballybeg’, Earagail Arts Festival – What a night! Manus Lunny brought a cracking band together from Ireland and Scotland, the DMEP supplied a string section and a first half from the Donegal Youth Orchestra and the Donegal Youth Choir. The sell-out concert at An Grianan theatre in Letterkenny was the closing event of the festival’s highly-successful Folk and Roots weekend on Sunday 17th July.
Check out our Facebook page, DMEP-Donegal Music Education Partnership, and the Martin McGinley DMEP Facebook account for video clips and pics.
The Glasgow trip by our Soundwaves crew just put the tin hat on what’s been a great project. More to follow, we hope.
We built on the success of Soundwaves 2015, a summer project delivered by Wall2Wall Music from Derry, and held a three day project in February in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny. Great to see those young musicians working together to produce special stuff.
Soundwaves for the 21st Century musician 2015
You can check out the 5 fantastic singles created through Soundwaves below!
Choral Music Education (CME) Training Programme 2015 – you will find further information about this training programme here.
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus – you will find further information here.
Check out what happened when the bus rolled into Derrybeg- “Crann Úll” by An Crann Óg from Derrybeg, Ireland
Check out what happened when the bus rolled into Bundoran- “You Changed My Mind” by Sonia and the Surfers from Bundoran, Ireland