"Aisling is so enthusiastic, so helpful and encouraging and she goes well beyond what one might expect from any teacher. I found the group session really exciting as I’d never really played with others before and I’m already looking forward to the next one. Many thanks for the opportunity to be part of this!" Fionnuala Rogerson, harp participant
Music Network and Wicklow County Council Arts Office are inviting Wicklow residents aged 55 and over to join an exciting music project with Trio Táin, comprising renowned musicians Aisling Ennis (harp), Vourneen Ryan (flute/recorder) and Robin Panter (violin/viola).
The focus of this project is on returning to playing an instrument and sharing the joy of group music-making. Participants will receive tuition from the trio on harp, flute, recorder, violin or viola from November 2022 to March 2023. Tuition is free of charge and instruments can be provided if necessary for the duration of the project.
Applicants must be aged 55 or over, resident in County Wicklow, and have previous experience of playing music. Some experience of reading music is welcomed. The project will be based at Wicklow County Campus, Clermont House, Newrath, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow. To apply, either visit this page, or phone 01 4750224. The closing date for applications is 8th November 2022, at 2pm.
Commenting on the announcement, CEO of Music Network Sharon Rollston said: “We are thrilled to announce the call out for this our second Wicklow Teaching Residency in partnership with Wicklow County Arts Office. It follows on from Making Music with Sonamus, giving more people the opportunity to pick up their instrument again and rekindle their love of music. We warmly welcome Aisling, Vourneen and Robin on board, who will guide and inspire participants with their vast musical knowledge and expertise.”
Wicklow County Arts Officer, Jenny Sherwin said: “Drawing on the musical backgrounds of ensemble-in-residence Trio Táin, the tuition programme will offer participants the opportunity to explore music from baroque, classical, folk, pop and world genres.”
Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Tommy Annesley, said that Wicklow County Council’s new County Development plan specifies a commitment to making provision for the county as an ‘Age Friendly’ region. This Music Residency is a good example of a series of actions the County Council will take to fulfil this commitment over the course of the Plan 2022 - 2028.
The Wicklow Teaching Residency is presented by Wicklow County Council Arts Office and Music Network. This initiative is funded by Creative Ireland.
Learn more and apply here