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The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups/ensembles and professional musicians.

The closing date for applications is 4pm Friday 10th October.  Music Capital Scheme workshop clinics will be held on Monday 22nd September at An Taibhdhearc, Galway; Wednesday 24th September at Music Network, National Concert Hall Building, Dublin; and Thursday 25th September at Triskel Christchurch, Cork City. For further details, please contact Music Network Tel 01 475 0224.

To download a full set of guidelines and application forms, please visit the Music Network website.


IAYO Annual General Meeting

irish_music_academy_limerickThis year’s AGM will be hosted by the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and attendees will be guided through the new building and also have a chance to see the Irish Chamber Orchestra studio during the day. The AGM will be held on Sunday 5th October. Put the date in your diary.


Irish Youth Wind Ensemble


Come and hear 70 of the best of Ireland’s young woodwind, brass and percussion players in this large-scale symphonic wind ensemble. This year the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble play in two locations: 22nd August in the Good Shepherd Chapel, Waterford.

Tickets can be purchased from Garter Lane (051 855038), and on the 23rd August in the University Concert Hall in Limerick. Tickets can be purchased at uch.ie (061 331549). To find out more about the concert’s repertoire and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, click here.


Esker Festival Orchestra

The Esker Festival will make their debut performance in Galway Cathedral on 28th August at 8.00pm. Tickets cost €5 and can be purchased on the door.

The program includes Beethoven’s epic 3rd Symphony “Eroica”, Sibelius’ mesmerisingly virtuosic Violin Concerto with rising star Aoife Ní Bhriain as soloist and the Irish premier of “Céilidh” by young Irish composer Breffni O’Byrne. The orchestra is directed by Galway born musician and conductor Peter Joyce.

You can find more information on Esker Festival by visiting their Facebook page here.

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