Youth Orchestra eye up the Balor

More than fifty young musicians from across Donegal, including the Finn Valley area, will take to the stage under the direction of the well-known conductor and composer from Dublin, Vincent Kennedy. Special guests on the night will be the Gaelscoil Adhnámhain music group from Letterkenny. They recently performed in the final of the 2017 Waltons Music for Schools competition in […]

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May is Music Month!

If it worked last year, why change? (not a line you’re likely to see in any MBA manual). Yes, 2017 is the same but different. May is Music Month!, with a clatter of concerts, lots happening. Here are some details –   this Thurs (11th), 7pm – Student concert in St Patrick’s Centre in Donegal Town with special guests Mind […]

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Orchestra Afternoon! Laois in town (and it’s not football)

Yes, it’s all about Laois and music this weekend. The Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois are bringing their orchestra for a special concert in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny on Sunday 26th with our own Donegal Youth Orchestra (DYO). The concert, ‘Orchestra Afternoon!’ (brilliant, eh?), starts at 3pm. The catchline for the afternoon is ‘not one orchestra […]

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Soundwaves III week – for the 21st century young musician

Make music, make friends and make progress. That’s the promise to those taking part in Soundwaves III Soundwaves III week is happening in Errigal College in Letterkenny from Monday 20th February to Friday 24th – the mid-term break. If you fancy a week making music with a bunch of music-mad teens then sign up! Here’s the application form. Soundwaves III is […]

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Young music lovers wanted for Soundwaves III

The acclaimed Donegal music project, Soundwaves, kicks off for 2017 with a day-long workshop on Saturday 28th at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny. Around 20 young musicians and singers from around the county will be taking part in the workshop. Some places are still available for anyone aged 13 – 18 who’s interested in creating songs and music. Soundwaves is organised by […]

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It’s hello Soundwaves, farewell Fab Four!

Attention switches to Soundwaves III in Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny next Saturday (28th) after the success of the ‘Fab Four’ workshops at the weekend. Around 35 musicians and singers came from right across Donegal to get tunes, songs and chat from Julie Fowlis (voice), Kris Drever (guitar/voice), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) and Padraig Rynne (concertina). The workshops took place on Sunday […]

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DYO and MYQ on Culture Night :-)

That’s the Donegal Youth Orchestra and Mind Your Quavers, in action here in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Friday night (16th Sept) for Culture Night. The Donegal Youth Orchestra will have an open rehearsal from 8.15pm to 9pm. Then it’s time to search the building for Mind Your Quavers, everyone’s favourite ‘back to music’ group (hint – they’re […]

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Congrats on the results!

Best wishes to all DMEPers getting their Junior Certificate results today 🙂 And remember – they’re not the end of the world (although if you’re delighted, great!). Some of us can hardly remember them. Actually, that’s not surprising, as they were called the Intermediate Examination results in that distant past. The chief executive of the Donegal Education and Training Board, Anne […]

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