Education Activities July-December 2017

Education was at the forefront of GMR’s programme during the July to December period. On 21 August, ConTempo spent a day with the Esker Festival Orchestra for a third year, providing sectional workshops to string players.

GMR’s partnership with GMIT began with an interactive workshop for students and staff on 26 October marking the beginning of a series of collaborative workshops taking place in 2018.

In October, ConTempo delivered an interactive, introductory Primary School Workshop to the students of Scoil Chuimín agus Caitríona, Oughterard. ConTempo also performed alongside the young musicians in the school’s violin programme.

In November and December, ConTempo delivered two Leaving Certificate Workshops to students of Dominican College Taylor’s Hill, St Enda’s College, Coláiste Chroí Mhuire and Coláiste Iognaid. Elements of the Leaving Certificate curriculum were explored and the students found the interaction with professional musicians invaluable.

Throughout the autumn, ConTempo worked with our three current Apprentice Ensembles: the Amoroso Quartet, Ensemble Dagda and Cello and Piano Duo Davide Forti and Francesca De Nardi. Through monthly workshops the musicians are developing their ensemble performance, repertoire and general musicianship. The ensembles will showcase their progress in a Winter Recital on Saturday 27 January in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall at NUI Galway.

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