Music Generation

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Music Generation


Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa is proud to be part of Music Generation.  Music Generation is an educational initiative by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds together with, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Music Generation helps children and young people to access music education in their own locality. It is a    five-year programme (2010 – 2015), which is locally provided within a national framework.


As a band, we believe music tuition should be available to anyone who wants it, whatever their background. We want to help to make this happen for Ireland’s children and young people – our ‘music generation’ of the future. We hope that Music Generation will inspire Ireland’s young musicians, who might not otherwise get access to such valuable teaching. We are delighted to see the progress of Music Generation and to be involved in this much-needed initiative for Ireland.

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Through the programme cIMG_1214_Fotorhildren can learn to play a choice of piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and various other instruments in their own school.  Music Generation is a wonderful opportunity for thousands of children and young people to access music education. It will enhance and enrich quality of life; nurture the careers of musicians; empower the musical life of communities and energise partnerships among the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. This will be done in the spirit of making music education happen throughout Ireland.


Music Generation truly is an innovative and pioneering partnership model, located in 12 counties, which has significantly progressed the development of infrastructure for increased access to performance music education for children and young people. My Department would like to thank U2 and The Ireland Funds for their philanthropic donation which has seed funded this remarkable initiative, and to also thank the Local Music Education Partnerships who have provided, and will continue to provide, 50% funding to ensure its success into the future.

Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills


The Wicklow Ways by Vincent Kennedy


Hot on the heels of the sucess of the musical spectacle Blue Bottle at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre last November,Music Generation Wicklow are first out of the traps in 2015 with the announcement of a further new music commission.

The Wicklow Ways by Vincent Kennedy will be presented in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Sunday 22 March2015 at 3pm with a second performance at 4.30pm.

This newly written work will feature a group of 75 young musicians from Lacken National School, Saint Cronan’s National School Bray, Saint Laurence’s National School Greystones and Scoil Chaoimhín Naofa Gleann dá Loch. ​The company of musicians will playing recorder, ukulele and violin and supported by Music Generation tutors & musicians on percussion and piano. Composer Vincent Kennedy was inspired by the sights and sounds of Wicklow past and present when writing this piece.

Born in Dublin, Vincent studied trumpet at CBS Westland Row, the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory of Music. He won many prizes and performed with many ensembles before establishing himself as a composer.  He has written for orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal combinations and his music has been performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others, and by numerous symphonic wind ensembles, brass and pipe bands throughout Ireland, Europe, USA and Canada.

The Wicklow Ways has been commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow and is produced by the Contemporary Music Centre.

Tickets for The Wicklow Ways can be purchased online or over the phone from the Mermaid Arts Centre.

For further information on this and other Music Generation Wicklow commissions, contact:

Ann Catherine Nolan, Manager, Music Generation Wicklow
T: 0404 60505

Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre
T:  +353 1 673 1922