MUSIC MAKING THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THE COUNTRY UNDERWAY FOR IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MUSIC DAY

16 April 2010

Love:live music, Ireland’s first National Music Day, takes place today, Friday April 16th, and is coordinated by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric FM.

Over one hundred live music events of all descriptions (many of them free) will take place in twenty counties across the land. From morning improvisations to lunchtime harpers on the bridge, afternoon piano recitals, evening concerts, late night rock sessions, open air and impromptu performances, and a few surprises, Friday 16th April will be a veritable musical marathon. Throughout the day RTÉ lyric fm will broadcast highlights from events around the country. A selection of the event highlights taking place include:

In Dublin, Friends of the Harp will assemble 24 harpers to perform on the recently opened Samuel Beckett Calatrava-designed 24 string 'harp' bridge in Dublin; the Contemporary Music Centre’s outdoor sound gallery will play works by Irish composers; inventor/composer George Higgs takes to the highways and byways of Dublin on his Joculator - a travelling self-powered composition machine i.e. an adapted bicycle that makes music! And Draíocht in Blanchardstown invites your Boogying Baby or Tuneful Toddler to explore the world of music through fascinating sounds and absorbing musical activities.

Corkonians will have the opportunity to hear the RTÉ Vanburgh Quartet, not once, but twice for free courtesy of West Cork Music and Cork County Council; a 12-hour Music Marathon will take place in the CIT Cork School of Music with students of all ages and levels taking part; while Evelyn Grant brings together the music and the performers from two exciting music projects – The Cork Academy of Music and Cork Music Works.

In Limerick, The Irish Chamber Orchestra will undertake Ireland’s first ever orchestral flash mob at 1.45pm at Brown Thomas, O’Connell Street. Be there for a special ‘blink or you’ll miss it’ performance; Music Network and RTÉ lyric fm present a free concert at St. John’s Church from 2pm featuring The Greg Felton Trio, Syrius Trio and early music duo Tonos and Limerick County Council Arts Office presents a free Chopin piano recital by Stuart O’Sullivan in All Saints Church, Castleconnell at 8pm.

In Sligo, The Model opens with the Sligo New Music Festival and the groundbreaking work of composer Gavin Bryars and one of his greatest works ‘The Sinking of The Titanic’, performed by The Smith Quartet.

In Wexford there will be an afternoon performance of Thomas Moore's melodies by renowned pianist Una Hunt.

The Donegal Youth Orchestra will open their rehearsal to the public for love:live music. Hosted by the Co. Donegal VEC music education partnership and the Regional Cultural Centre. 

Kildare hosts The IMRO showcase tour featuring Miracle Bell, Juliet’s Rescue and Seven Days amongst others play in The Late Lounge (Kill).

And so much more……. Visit www.lovelivemusic.ie for details. 

love:live music is supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.

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