Rosa takes the helm at Laois U2 music project

LAOIS Music Education Partnership has just announced the appointment of Rosa Flannery as co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois. Based at Laois County Council, Rosa’s role will involve developing access to music education for children and young people in Laois.

LAOIS Music Education Partnership has just announced the appointment of Rosa Flannery as co-ordinator of Music Generation Laois. Based at Laois County Council, Rosa’s role will involve developing access to music education for children and young people in Laois.

Laois is among six counties currently selected for participation in Music Generation, the U2 and Ireland Funds’ supported National Music Education Programme.

Donegal native Rosa has a wealth of teaching experience, having worked with children and young people for a number of years. Most recently she was involved with ‘North Wind Blows’, a large scale cross-border intergenerational music project.

Previous roles for Rosa included working with Galway Arts Festival, Droichead Arts Centre, Tulca Festival of Visual Arts and Nomad Theatre Network. She joins Music Generation Laois from Donegal Music Education Partnership where she worked as a project co-ordinator.

“Music Generation will bring great opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music in different ways and I am really looking forward to being part of the programme,” said Rosa.

“I have worked across many different areas of music and the arts and I firmly believe in the Music Generation model of creating local access to music education will bring tangible benefits to the community.

“We have some great plans for Music Generation Laois, such as the Laois School of Rock, The Music Box, a music programme for children with special needs, a choral Singfest and providing access to instrument banks for children and young people,” she said.

The appointment comes as Laois School of Music prepares to celebrate 10 years of music education in the locality, an achievement that Music Generation Laois hopes to build upon in the years ahead.

Rosaleen Molloy, director of Music Generation, said: “We are delighted to have Rosa on the team. Her wealth of experience in arts administration and music education will significantly enhance the exciting plans for music education and for children and young people in Co. Laois over the coming years.”

Welcoming the appointment, Muireann Ní Chonaill, Laois arts officer said: “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Laois School of music, it is fortuitous that we start a new chapter in music development in the county. The programmes offered will enhance existing music provision, and enrich the lives of the children and young people of Laois. Laois County council, along with Laois VEC and all our partners welcome Rosa Flannery to Laois, and look forward to a very exciting time ahead bringing these projects to fruition. “

Rosa’s appointment is just one of three new positions created recently by Laois Arts Office. The Arthouse and Library, Stradbally, have announced Cara Byrne as the new arts administrator. Cara is working in the Arthouse Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and can be contacted at cbyrne@laoiscoco.ie.

Also at the Arthouse and Library, Coilin Rushe has been announced as the new NCAD graduate artist. Coilin will be working from the Arthouse and details of his programme will be announced shortly.

For more information on the Music Generation Laois log on to www.laois.ie