Music Generation National Summer Celebration

Music Generation is very proud to present this virtual Summer Celebration Concert for 2020.

Premiere 7pm on Monday 13 July





Since March, how we all make, play and perform music has changed completely. Covid-19 presented children, young people and their musician-mentors with a really big challenge - how to keep the music playing from home, and while socially distancing.


In the space of just a few weeks, as the doors to schools, community hubs and cultural centres were closed, new sessions, ensembles, rehearsals, workshops and jams started to open up on phones, laptops and iPads.


Teams of musician educators welcomed us into their online musical worlds, sharing songs, producing virtual collaborations and offering expert guidance to young musicians across the airwaves.


They were supported by a phenomenal team of Music Generation Development Officers, Administrators and Resource Workers, whose commitment to make music happen for children and young people has never been more evident.


And of course we saw hundreds of courageous, creative young musicians adapting in an amazing way to to these new music-making environments.


To all of the young musicians performing and watching this Summer Celebration: your dedication and the passion you have shown for making music together is nothing short of extraordinary. You are the future of music in Ireland and it is so clear that that future is in great hands.


Thank you to all of our teams, our partners, our young people, their families and friends for all you have done to keep music alive during this year.


We are excited to share this snapshot of Music Generation's 2020 so far - our National Summer Celebration.



Ewan O'Keeffe and Osgar O'Connail, 'Minor Swing'

Mentored by and featuring: Darragh O'Connor

Music Generation Waterford


Music Generation Louth Senior Strings,

'Liebeslieder Waltzer op. 52 no. 1'

Directed by: David Forti

Music Generation Louth


Rithim Orchestra, 'Gateway'

Composed and directed by: Rachel Duffy

Music Generation Wicklow


Children from 3rd & 4th class, Ballynarry NS and St Patrick's NS, Gowna

'Living Through a Wild Time'

Musician Educator (music and lyrics by): Claire Crehan

Music Generation Cavan/Monaghan


Clare Harp Ensemble, 'Tale as Old as Time'

Arranged by: Aisling Lyons

Music Generation Clare


Gracie Gregg, Concertina

'The Rattlin' Bog'

Music Generation South Dublin


Nova, 'Wicked Game'

Music Generation Sligo Rumble Bandz in partnership with Rumble Studios

Musician Educators/Mentors: Kevin O’Gorman, Stephen Caheny

Music Generation Sligo



A snapshot of Music Generation 2020

Underscored by: 'Stranger at  the Door', written by Ailbhe Kettle, performed by Ailbhe Kettle (Harp), Naoise Kettle (Guitar)


Boombrasstic, 'The Irish Blessing'

Music: Joyce Eilers Bacak; Arrangement: Stephen Bradnum

Music Generation Carlow


Donegal Youth Choir, 'Fix You'

Arranger: Sara Ní Lochlainn

Donegal Music Education Partnership


Ciara and Joesph, Mandolin

'Oró sé do bheatha 'bhaile'

Music Generation Roscommon


Leitrim Youth Trad Orchestra, 'Sí Beag, Sí Mór'

Music: Turlough O'Carolan

Music Generation Leitrim


'Life in Lockdown': a collaboration between -

Terence McSwiney Community College, JCSP Libraries, The Kabin Studio, GMC Beats, Creative Tradition

Music Generation Cork City


Children from the Music Generation  Laois Singing Programme

'Schools Out for Summer (King of the Swingers)'

Musician Educators: Nuala Kelly and Sarah Troy

Featuring the Music Generation Laois Band

Music Generation Laois


Introductions and MC'ing by:

Lyla and Polly Nolan, Music Generation Laois

Ewan Hutchinson, Music Generation Carlow


Concert production: Laoise O'Brien

Sound: Ben Rawlins


Music Generation is Ireland's national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.



Date and time:

13 July 2020 from 12:00 to 14:00


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