Music Summer School For Strings in Connemara

Ceol Na Mara Intermediate & Senior


Intermediate and Senior

The Intermediate – Senior course is suited for students of secondary school age from approximately grade 4/5 ABRSM RIAM or equivalent examining body up to post grade 8 and diploma level. The course includes orchestra, chamber music, traditional Irish music and jazz and improvisation.

Cellists will have the opportunity to play in a cello ensemble group. If you are a violinist who has some experience playing viola have the opportunity to play viola in a chamber group or in orchestra. (If you let us know in advance, we have a limited number of smaller sized and regular sized violas that can be given on loan for the course and will be reserved for students on a first come first served basis. If you have your own viola though it is preferable that you bring that with you).

The chamber groups will be put together initially from the application forms based on age, level of exams achieved and previous experience of chamber ensemble playing. These will not be completely finalised until the course begins and we try out our groups with some music. Each group will be assigned to a chamber group then and will work on music suited to their level which will aim to challenge them but that will be within their capability.
The traditional music classes are done as a larger group and the tunes are learnt by ear. Sometimes students find it helpful to record the tunes to help learn them or notate them but learning by ear is encouraged in this class. (If anyone has another trad friendly instrument please feel free to bring it along for these sessions). The improvisation, jazz element of the course will be taken by Boris Hunka. The idea of these classes is to broaden even further the musical scope of the students and to encourage experimentation with their instruments and develop rhythmic and melodic skills outside of the classical genre. Orchestra will cover a wide variety of orchestral styles.

*Please be aware that seating in orchestra may rotate or be changed as the week progresses at the tutor’s discretion. Also personnel in the chamber groups, pieces of music and parts may be changed within the first couple of days.

Cost: €350
Venue: Kylemore Abbey
Start date/time: Sunday 24th 2pm – 5:30
Monday – Thursday 9:30 – 3:15 which will include a 15 minute break at 10:45 and a lunch break from 12- 12:40
On Friday 29th July we will finish at the earlier time of 12pm. At 12:30 there will be a short concert involving the junior group drama and musical items which the other groups are welcome to attend.

Then at 6:30pm we will have the second concert involving the Intermediate, Senior and Adult groups. This concert will include certain items from the chamber music, trad, jazz and orchestral pieces that have been worked on during the week.

Application forms can downloaded and emailed or posted along with cheque made out to ‘Ceol na Mara’ to :

Oonagh Keogh
2 The Brook, Huntsfield, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick
Or payment can be made by direct bank transfer. I will email ( the bank details to applicants on request.

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