Music Events in the Mid-West

Irish Youth Choir
Residential course and CD session: 22nd June - 1st July 2001.
Conductor: Geoffrey Spratt.
Programme: Masses & Motets, by Angel Climent.
This 100-strong mixed-voice choir with members drawn from throughout the island of Ireland welcomes applications from interested singers between the ages of 17 - 29.
2001 Auditions
Belfast: 3 & 4 March
Dublin: 10 March
Limerick: 24 March
Cork: TBA
Waterford: TBA
For information contact Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór (Association of Irish Choirs) Drinan Street, Cork. T: 021 4312296. F: 021 4962457. E:

Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick
Spring 2001
Concerts and Seminar Series
Lunchtime Concert Series
Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays, February 15th - May 3rd 2001
Time: 1.15 - 1.50 p.m.
Venue: Performing Arts Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Foundation Building, University of Limerick.
Admission is Free and All are Welcome.
Tuesday 27th March
Dermot McLaughlin (fiddle).
Wednesday 28th March
Pierre Bensusan (guitar).
Thursday 29th March
Students of the M.A. in Classical String Performance.
Tuesday 3rd April
Irish traditional music performance - visiting musicians.
Thursday 5th April
Students of the MA in Contemporary Dance.
Tuesday 10th April
Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill (song).
Wednesday 11th April
Liam O'Connor (fiddle) & Mick O'Connor (flute).
Tuesday 17th April
Brendan Mulkere (fiddle).
Thursday 19th April
Students of the MA in Classical String Performance.
Tuesday 24th April
Students of the MA Traditional Music Performance.
Wednesday 25th April
Students of the MA in Irish Traditional Music.
Thursday 26th April
LUCERNARIUM the liturgical vocal ensemble of the Irish World Music Centre.
Tuesday 1st May
Students of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance.
Wednesday 2nd May
Students of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance.
Thursday 3rd May
Students of the MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance.

Seminar Series
Dates: February 15th - April 25th 2001
Time: 2.30 - 5.00 p.m.
Venue: Music RoomB, Performing Arts Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Foundation Building, University of Limerick.
Admission is Free and All are Welcome.
April 11th
Irish Traditional Music
Speakers: Mick O'Connor, Seán Potts, Siobhán Ní Chonaráin (Mary Immaculate College) and Micheál Ó Súilleabháin (Director, Irish World Music Centre).
April 25th
Chant / Ritual Song
'Old Wine in New Bottle: Tradition at the Heart of Contemporary Ritual Music'
Speakers: Bill Tamblyn (Professor of Music, Colchester Institute for Music and Performing Arts), Nick Thompson (Lecturer in Music, Colchester Institute Centre for Music and Performing Arts), Helen Phelan (Course Director, MA in Chant and Ritual Song, Irish World Music Centre).

International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance
July 9th - 20th 2001
Blas 2001 will be the fifth annual summer school of Irish traditional music and dance to be hosted by the Irish World Music Centre. This intensive two week course has an academic as well as a practical content, and includes lectures, tutorials, masterclasses, sessions and concerts. Classes are small which allows for one-to-one access to the expertise of some of Ireland's most renowned musicians and dancers.
For further information, brochure etc: Irish World Music Centre, Foundation Building, University of Limerick.

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Spring Series 2001
University Concert Hall, Limerick
Wednesday 4th April, 8pm
Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
Mendelssohn: String Symphony No.7
Maw: Sonata for Strings and Two Horns
Mozart: Divertimento K247
Nicholas McGegan has been Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco since 1985, Artistic Director of the Gottingen handel Festival since 1990 and became Baroque Series Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in autumn 1999. He was Principal Guest Conductor of Scottish Opera from 1992-98 and was Principal Conductor of the Drottningholm Court Theatre in Stockholm from 1993-95. He is also the founder and director of The Arcadian Academy. In the UK he has conduced the BBC Orchestras, Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, Bournemouth, Hallé, Hanover Band, Royal Scottish National Orchestras and regularly directs the City of Birmingham Symphony, Scottish Chamber and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Thursday 10th May,8pm
Conductor: Bruno Giuranna
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Schubert: Rondo in A D438
Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht Op. 4
Bruno Giuranna is the Irish Chamber Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor. Born in Rome, he was one of the founding members of the famed chamber group / Musici. He has had engagements as Artistic Director of the Padova Chamber Orchestra and the International Chamber Music Festival in Asolo, Italy and has an association with the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi in Milan.
One of the most accomplished viola players of his time, Giuranna has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebuw and La Scala under conductors including Abbado, Barbirolli, Muti and Celibidache.
Booking: University Concert Hall, Limerick. Tel: 061 331549/314314
Tickets: £10 Concessions: £6
Tribal Spirit Drum Retreats

With John Bowker
At the Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, North Clare.
Spring to Mid-Summer 2001
Explorations of the drum as a tool for communion, celebration and healing.
Aimed at those with some experience of the drum we will be working with rhythms, songs and medicine teachings from the tribal traditions of Africa, Latin America, West Indies, Native America……..
(All workshops commence 7.30 p.m. on the first day and finish 5.30 p.m. on the last)

April Fools Retreat
Friday, 30th March to Sunday 1st April
I ching: The great bowl/the gentle and the penetrating 'enlightenment and understanding' The Fool? The Trickster? Masks? Face Paint? Dress up? Bring what you would like the find!
Cost: £65.00.

Bealtaine Full Moon
Friday, 4th May to Sunday, 6th May
I ching: Providing nourishment / easy progress, the higher the sun rises the more it emerges from the dark mists to spread its pure light. Bealtaine, the first days of summer traditionally have been the time of some of the wilder and uncontrollable retreats - anything could happen!
Cost: £65.00.

Mid-Summer Week Retreat
For the first time a special 5 day deep drum starting Midsummer's eve, Wednesday June 20th , drumming for the new moon solstice day June 21st through to Sunday, June 24th , St. John's Day.
I ching: The dissolving/union. Dissolving shows the way to union, the temple is the place of union. Holding together brings blessing. Do you possess the sublimity, constancy and perseverance to be the centre of the Union?
Cost: £140.
Prices include all meals, tea and coffee, etc. Accommodation/Breakfast is extra and can be arranged with Sonja at the Boghill on (065) 7074644. Camping is also available.
Some concessions are available in return for a little help running the workshops - these need to be negotiated in advance.
A deposit (non-refundable) of £20 for weekends and £40 for the five day retreat is needed to secure a space - early booking advised.
John: (065) 6835736.
These workshops have developed over the last five years, thanks to the teachings and listenings of the drum community of the West of Ireland. Often intense and something of a journey, participants are encouraged to avoid arriving late or having to leave early.
Things to bring: Drums and percussion toys, warm clothes for camp fire sessions - midge repellent suntan cream - crystals or medicine objects (anything weird, wonderful or healing), secret wishes to be fulfilled - open hearts. Things to leave behind: Mobile Phones, Alcohol and other drugs.

IICE- The Institute for International Cultural Exchange
IICE is involved in arranging for the participation of international folkdance & music groups in Irish festivals and similar Irish groups in international festivals.
Groups are accommodated with families or in dormitory type accommodation with and can take part in concerts, parades, recitals, workshops, classes and seminars.
Group members pay their own fares and the organising committee supplies accommodation, breakfast, evening meal and transportation during their stay. The minimum stay for a group is normally 5 or 6 days with some preferring to stay for 10 to 12 days, taking in 2 festivals.
IICE, which was founded in 1976 has established contacts with groups throughout Western Europe, in Central & Eastern Europe and other parts of the world and offers its services to festivals and groups in Ireland and abroad.
The Institute has already arranged for groups from Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Finland, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Estonia, Croatia, Spain, Hungary and the Celtic Nations - Cornwall, Britanny, Isle Of Man and Wales, to take part in Irish festivals.
IICE has also arranged for Irish groups to participate in festivals in Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Finland, Portugal, Belgium, Cornwall, Bulgaria, USA, Spain, Brittany, Estonia, Denmark, Switzerland and Poland.
For further information, interested groups or festivals should contact Martin Dempsey at IICE, Enterprise Centre, Melitta Road, Kildare, Ireland. T: +353 (0)45 521190. F: +353 (0)45 521198. E:

Tommy Makem International Song School
This International Event is to be staged in the Newry and Mourne District from Wednesday 20th June to Saturday 23rd June 2001.
In 2001 the programme is as follows:-

Date:     Wednesday 20th June 2001
Venue:    Slieve Gullion Courtyard
Theme:    Ancient Celtic Festival.

Date:    Thursday 21st June 2001
Venue:    Mullyard
Theme:    Midsummer night extravaganza.

Date:    Friday 22nd June 2001
Venue:    Beleek
Theme:    Commemoration of deceased members of Ireland.

Date:    Saturday 23rd June2001
Venue:    An Mullach Bán
Theme:    Tommy Makem International Jubilee Concert.

If you require any further information regarding the Tommy Makem International Song School please do not hesitate to contact Mr Peter Makem (048) 30267517.

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