Generating musical talent in Laois

ALTHOUGH she is only a few weeks into her new role, Music Generation Laois co-ordinator Rosa Flannery has already made great progress with a number of projects lined up to begin later this year.

ALTHOUGH she is only a few weeks into her new role, Music Generation Laois co-ordinator Rosa Flannery has already made great progress with a number of projects lined up to begin later this year.

Donegal native Rosa previously worked for Donegal Music Education Partnership as a project co-ordinator and music administrator so has plenty of knowledge of the programme but she is very excited about starting a new challenge. “With our projects we want to give young people the opportunity to take part and develop skills. There is a lot of homegrown talent in Laois”, Rosa told the Leinster Express.

One of the projects will be a drumming project with weekly tutition and the formation of a community drumming band. “This way we can give back to the community and provide a resource for different community events. A very important part of music is performing with others and sometimes music education can be isolated so these projects are a great way of building confidence and developing creative skills”.

As well as the drumming project, there will also be a choral music project for schools and community groups, and an orchestral project which will help overcome one of the major barriers many parents face, which is the cost of instruments. “We are developing an instrument bank, which is one of the great things about Music Generation, there is funding for instruments.”

The Music Box is another project, which was already piloted with great success by the Laois School of Music. This project is geared towards children with special needs. There will be a school of rock established which will look at performance, music technology, recording and producing music. These five projects are at the centre of Music Generation Laois but they are not stopping there. A connection has been made with Na Piobairi Uileann, and is an exciting initiative for Rosa. “As well as tutition, maintaining the instruments will be built into the course, as well as making your own reeds and pipers’ performances. Another ancient instrument, the harp will also be taught and the brass section of Laois School of Music will be expanded. For more on Music Generation visit their website.