The Early Music for Young Musicians Project seeks to introduce early music to young musicians as part of their cultural heritage and as an area of music that is not only beautiful but also fun and challenging.  In co-operation with Galway music schools and youth choirs, Galway Early Music organises workshops with professional early music performers.  These workshops culminate in a concert combining participants in Early Music for Young Musicians, GEM’s Adult Ensemble and the facilitators during the Galway Early Music Festival.

Supported by Galway County Council.

2020

Plans currently in progress.

2019

Participants: Athenry Music School Junior Orchestra and Guitar Orchestra

Facilitators: The Gregory Walkers (Laoise O’Brien, Malachy Robinson, Eamon Sweeney)

In keeping with the theme of the 2019 Festival, A Song and a Dance, the participants worked on renaissance dance music.  In the concert, The Dancing Master, the music was woven around the story of Will Kemp’s amazing feat of dancing from London to Norwich.

2018

Participants: St Nicholas Choristers, Athenry Music School Horizon Orchestra and Guitar Orchestra

Facilitators: The Gregory Walkers

Highlighting the theme of the 2018 festival (Myth and Legend), the concert, A Walk in the Dark Woods, featured princesses, fairies, evil sorcerers and smelly trolls in a musical adventure that combined storytelling and music in a charming performance for the young and young at heart.

2017

Participants: Athenry Music School Horizon Orchestra, St Nicholas Choristers

Facilitators: The Gregory Walkers

Participants worked on music spanning the middle ages, the renaissance and the baroque periods.  The concert, Haste to the Wedding, celebrated love and marriage from times gone by, including love songs, wedding vows, dance tunes and songs of merriment.

2016

Participants: Athenry Music School, St Nicholas Choristers

Facilitators: The Gregory Walkers

This was the first year of this project and both participants and facilitators had a great time working on dances and songs for the concert.  Green Shoots: A Garden of Musical Delights was a variegated garden of choice music, much enjoyed by players and audience.