Donegal Junior Strings at the Glebe

Have just been helping with a little blurb for what’s become an annual lunchtime concert for the Donegal Junior String Orchestra at the Glebe Gallery Courtyard. This year it’s on Saturday 3rd October. The concert is part of the Wainfest festival throughout Donegal, and also part of the 5th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. The most recent outing for Donegal Junior […]

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Attention young musicians, your future awaits!

Well, sort of. Couple of opportunities from the latest email newsletter from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (arrived today Mon 18th) – 1. Camerata Ireland Academy, 16 – 21 August 2018 Camarata Ireland are now accepting applications from outstanding young musicians to participate in the Camerata Ireland Academy at the Clandeboye Festival taking place from 16-21 August. The festival […]

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All happening at the Castle!

Highly-rated acoustic outfit Pine the Pilcrow from Dublin are on the bill for the ‘Soiree at the Castle’ at Glenveagh Castle tonight (Fri 1st June). Also performing are the Donegal Youth Choir under conductor Sara Laughlin and a new string quartet created by members of Donegal Youth Orchestra. Pine the Pilcrow have been nominated for an IMRO music award and […]

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Youth Orchestra and brass band join forces in Glenties

The Donegal Youth Orchestra will cap a wonderful few weeks with an end-of-year concert at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties on Sunday week (20th) at 3pm. The orchestra, conducted by the well-known composer, conductor and performer Vincent Kennedy from Dublin, will be joined by the Glenties Brass Band for what promises to be a special musical occasion. This will be […]

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Music lovers wanted for Susan Steward Project

The Donegal Music Education Partnership is looking for volunteers with an interest in music to help catalogue a major music collection. The collection of the late Susan Steward, a violin teacher from the Barnesmore area of Donegal Town, is held by Donegal County Council. Work begins soon on the project. It will involve a three hour commitment from volunteers each […]

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Miles Graham set for Soundwaves Monthly

Singer-songwriter Miles Graham, whose songs have gone viral on Spotify and YouTube, is a special guest at the Soundwaves Monthly day for young musicians and singers at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Sunday (29th). He’s appearing on the ‘Late Late Show’ tonight (Fri 27th). Miles’s collaboration with dance outfit L’Tric on his song ‘1994’ has clocked up more […]

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What’s happening update – late April/May

Friday 27th April, 7.30pm – student concert, St Patrick’s Centre, Donegal Town, beside chapel (with thanks to tutor Evan McGarrigle) Sunday 29th April – Wall2Wall delivering Soundwaves Monthly at RCC, Letterkenny Saturday 5th May – Errigal Groove Orchestra playing Derry Jazz Festival, Guildhall Square, 11.30am to 12.30pm Sunday 20th May, 3pm  – Donegal Youth Orchestra end-of-year concert in Glenties. Provisionally booked for […]

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Talent on show at student concert [with run-order]

More than sixty young musicians and singers wlll be taking to the stage in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny on Sunday (22nd April) at the student concert of the Donegal Music Education Partnership. Everything from Borodin to Bruno Mars will be on offer from soloists, singers and groups. There’s a range of instruments, including piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet […]

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Donegal young musicians impress on national stage

Young musicians from Donegal have been impressing on the national stage in recent days – from the National Concert Hall in Dublin to a Music Generation showcase in Carlow. The Donegal Youth Orchestra won many new friends with a marvellous performance at the NCH to close the annual Festival of Youth Orchestras. The 70-strong orchestra got a standing ovation after […]

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Donegal Youth Orchestra tops bill at National Concert Hall

Donegal Youth Orchestra with conductor Vincent Kennedy

The Donegal Youth Orchestra have been chosen to close the evening concert of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall on Saturday.  More than seventy young musicians from right across the county will be on stage in front of conductor Vincent Kennedy and a packed NCH. The orchestra will play six pieces, including five from the suite […]

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