Call For Participants – Making Music in the Midlands

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Ursula.Harper • 20 July 2022

Call For Participants – Making Music in the Midlands: the Music Network Teaching Residencies 


Music Network and Age Friendly Ireland invite people living in counties Laois, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath aged 55 and over to join an exciting music project teaching various styles and techniques. 

Making Music in the Midlands: the Music Network Teaching Residencies will be led by renowned musicians Alec O’Leary (guitar), Angelina Carberry (banjo/mandolin/whistle), Dan Brouder (button accordion), Adele O’Dwyer (violin/viola/cello), Phil Robson (guitar), Ciaran Wilde (saxophone/clarinet), Catherine McEvoy (flute), and Jacinta McEvoy (guitar/concertina). 

The project focuses on returning to playing an instrument and sharing the joy of group music-making. Applicants must be 55 or over, resident in one of the five counties above, and have some previous experience in playing music. 

People in the five counties may apply to participate in any residencies. However, priority within each county will go to applicants from that county. The ability to read music is not essential. 

To apply, visit or phone Music Network on 01-4750224.  

Closing date for applications: 22nd July 2022, 2 pm. 

Running through August and September, tuition is free, and instruments will be provided if required. If demand is high, one of the residencies may be offered online to ensure financial circumstances or lack of transport do not act as barriers to participation. Technical support to enable online learning will be provided to participants if necessary. 

Over eight weeks, three one-to-one and two group lessons and two ensemble sessions will be provided in each county. Two coffee sessions will also be held per county to allow people to socialise and reflect on their musical journey.

The project will conclude with two ensemble sessions per county, where participants and their teachers will play the music learned during the project together. Places are limited to nine per county. Priority will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. However, additional criteria will be used for selection, including the county of residence, availability of teaching slots, ability to partake in the entire programme and geographical spread throughout the midlands.