Composition Programme 2018/2019
Last year’s Composition Programme, made possible by sponsors including the Arts Council of Ireland was a major success for WhistleBlast Quartet. We absolutely loved sharing our skills and expertise with the young students and our unique composition “icontact” was performed in Ballina Arts Centre ,Co Mayo and The Free Mason’s Hall, Dublin in January 2018. We really enjoyed a hugely enthusiastic audience response and feedback.
We are delighted to announce that we will be continuing this programme from 2018 into 2019 but we will be including more locations: Secondary Schools in Mayo, Kerry and Dublin, Special needs groups and Sligo Youth Orchestra.
Innovative workshops and live Quartet performances will culminate in three performances by 115 students from multi backgrounds and Irish locations in a May mini Irish tour!The Quartet is delighted to be partnered with the National Concert Hall, Siamsa Tire and Ballina Arts Centre with support from Mayo Co Council and Blackshell Farm Ltd. Main funding from the Arts Council enables the programme to continue and extend its facilitation to a large number of young people. This programme suits TY students but can facilitate any secondary school age group.
Here’s what to expect in more detail:
Research-Topics chosen and ability of students recognised through pre project meetings with all participating groups. Students will be invited to explore ideas of relevance to them and their communities. In initial discussions to choose unifying themes within which the entire works will be created.
Challenge-within these projects participating students of differing and diverse abilities will find plenty to challenge them.
Collaboration-ownership by students to initiate musical and topical material.Working with other schools and groups.Diverse backgrounds:different socio economic situations, including young people with disabilities and all ages 12 to 20 years old.
Exploration of ideas-initiated by students and supported and developed by Quartet.Voice,percussive and instrumental.Music development-Scored and score writing skills taught to students.Taught through music notation software such as Sibellius.
Performance skills-playing skills,group dynamics,music reading.Inter personal skills through the process through the process of meeting and collaborating with other schools who have never met before.Gaining the experience of performing in public alongside professional musicians.
Full piece scored as an artefact of the collaborative process.
Performances-each group’s solo section will be performed in- school to other students with live performance by WhistleBlast Quartet programming relevent and accessible repertoire-as part of the student’s developing relationship with live music making and appreciation.
In school and venue concerts also performed to other students throughout the programme,which has been added as a result of our in depth evaluation in 2017.Immersive and inclusive Quartet performances to core groups and extra students from all participating schools:Invited to pre programme performances in Ballina Arts Centre,Siamsa Tire and NCH.
Live performances,ensemble rehearsals and one to one tuition with three Secondary Schools and three Special Schools(one in each location) in Dublin, Mayo and Tralee area and Sligo Youth Orchestra. Inclusive of all abilities. Ages 12 to 20 years
Mixed Genres- Traditional,Classical,choral,percussion,musicians,singers,special needs percussionists and non playing students.
Rehearsals,Concerts and final performances for ALL groups as one Orchestra: Ballina Arts Centre,Siamsa Tire and The National Concert Hall,Dublin.