In 2016, Galway Early Music began a long-planned project to encourage young musicians in Galway to play and to enjoy early music. We wanted to introduce early music to young musicians as part of their cultural heritage and an area of music that is not only beautiful but also fun and challenging. However, we also recognized that this project would help us to create an audience for the future, including both the young musicians and their families.

The idea was to bring an ensemble of professional musicians with expertise in this area to participating music schools and groups for three half-day workshops. The participants were invited to partner the professional musicians in the opening concert of The Galway Early Music Festival on May 12, 2016.

Project Leaders, 2016 and 2017
We invited The Gregory Walkers (Laoise O’Brien – recorders, Malachy Robinson – viols, and Eamon Sweeney – baroque guitars and lute) to give our workshops and to programme the concert. They were very enthusiastic. They had already been involved in projects of this type, especially the Music Generation project in Carlow.

Participants 2016 and 2017
Athenry Music School students comprising strings, guitar, wind instruments and brass.

St Nicholas Choristers