Participants are currently receiving tuition on harp, flute, recorder, violin and viola from members of Trio Táin, which features renowned musicians Aisling Ennis, Vourneen Ryan and Robin Panter. The tuition programme offers participants the opportunity to explore music from baroque, classical, folk, pop and world genres. Let's hear from people on how they are getting on so far:
"Such a profoundly enriching and fulfilling process so far with each student. Thank you so much again for this opportunity to engage with local adult enthusiasts. They are such gorgeous and enthusiastic (and still a little nervous) students and I am so excited to see where I can get them in their adventures by March." Aisling Ennis, harp tutor
"So thrilled with the arrival of my Harp this morning 🌄 I've thoroughly enjoyed my 2 lessons with Aisling. I'm still in phase 1 of shock 😲 at returning to music- unfortunately minus much of my previously learned theory and sight reading but thankfully with some good hand technique intact!" Órla Martin, harp participant
"I received the harp yesterday and I don’t think any child awaiting Santa’s arrival could have been as excited as I was. I am really loving the course and so glad that I took that first step of applying. Aisling is truly inspiring and her enthusiasm and positivity is contagious. I think after the ripe old age of 65, you tend to lose a lot of your confidence in your musical ability and I can truly say this project has brought my love for music back to life again." Mary Walsh, harp participant
"I am thoroughly enjoying reconnecting with my violin, after an absence of over 40 years. Robin has been so encouraging, despite me scratching my way through 'Twinkle Twinkle' that first morning. I am so looking forward to the next 3 months, getting to know the participants, getting to improve my own playing techniques and, eventually being part of this lovely 'mature' ensemble." Noeleen Redmond, violin participant
"It has been wonderful getting back to playing the flute, an instrument I played to a high standard in my youth, but have neglected for 30 years. It’s incredible how much one remembers after so long. It has also been wonderful to link in with other like-minded musicians who are also taking up their instruments after long absences. I’m delighted to have started this new journey with Music Network." Justine Baumann, flute participant
The Wicklow Teaching Residency is presented by Wicklow County Council Arts Office and Music Network. This initiative is funded by Creative Ireland.