The Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensemble Programme

Now in its 14th year, the Apprentice Ensemble Programme is rooted in GMR’s commitment to community and education projects, and provides advanced instrumental students and young professionals an opportunity to further their experience of ensemble playing.

During their time on the programme, September 2019 – May 2020, the ensemble(s) will be mentored and advised on a monthly basis by members of the Galway ConTempo Quartet.

A significant part of the programme is the performance opportunities provided to participants. The ensemble(s) will take part in two core performances during their time on the programme: a Winter Recital in January 2020 and a Final Concert in April/May 2020. The ensemble(s) may also be offered a number of other performance opportunities as they arise.

The programme is open to existing groups wanting to further enrich their experience of ensemble playing. It may also suit established musicians or teachers coming together as an ensemble for the first time. Also eligible to apply are junior ensembles based in the West of Ireland; a junior ensemble would consist of participants of 19 years and younger who have not yet begun their third level music studies who are living in Galway city or county.

Any combination of instruments is welcome to apply; over the years GMR has hosted many different groupings, including a cello duo, two saxophone quartets, a flute and harp duo, a guitar quartet, flute & voice duo, a baroque ensemble, etc. Priority will be given to those who can best demonstrate that this programme will be of significant value to them in their current and future career/musical development. Applicants must be able to commit for the full year (Sep 19 – May 20) including a number of set workshops and performances, which will take place in Galway.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 10 May 2019.
To apply, please complete the application form available from

Auditions are scheduled for the week of 27 May 2019. For further details contact Maeve Bryan, General Manager at