08-03-2017 Our Tunes – Saturday, 8 April 2017

Hello everyone,


I think this might be of interest to some of you. As it’s on a Saturday we won’t organise a group from school, but if any of you wanted your child to attend, I think you could email this lady directly.


Kind Regards,



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From: Linda O’Shea Farren ?<losheafarren@cmc.ie>

Date: 7 March 2017 at 15:30

Subject: Our Tunes – Saturday, 8 April 2017 – 2 sessions from 10.00am to 1.00pm (age 6-8)/2.00pm to 5.00pm (age 8-10) – part Dublin City Council’s Music Town 2017

To: info@stcatherinesns.net






Dear Principal,


My name is Linda O’Shea Farren, and I am contacting you in my capacity as the Communications & Projects Manager at the Contemporary Music Centre about a wonderful forthcoming music composition programme that is local to your school – Our Tunes 2017, which is part of Dublin City Council’s Music Town 2017.


I am attaching a link to some publicity in relation to Music Town 2017, which we received yesterday – you will see that the last item listed on the following link is Our Tunes: http://www.musictown.ie/musictown-2017-announces-first-programme-highlights/




This event will take place on Saturday, 8 April 2017 and will be held in Contemporary Music Centre’s building at 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.  We would be delighted if children from local primary schools could participate in the event.


Children aged 6-8 will participate in the morning session, and children aged 8-10 will participate in the afternoon session.


No musical experience is required, and the event is free of charge as it is funded by Dublin City Council.


While various members of staff at CMC (including myself) will be on hand to assist the musicians throughout the day, because of their young age, children in groups or individually will have to be accompanied by an adult.




The following musicians will participate in Our Tunes 2017 on Saturday, 8 April 2017:


COMPOSER:                      Karen Power

STRINGS:                Adrian Mantu, curator/cello (ConTempo Quartet)

STRINGS:                Andreea Banciu, viola (ConTempo Quartet)

PERCUSSION:       Alex Petcu, percussion

WIND:                                    Julian Pusca, wind pipe

WIND:                                    Miriam Kaczor, flute

VOCAL:                                Lorna Breen, voice




A composer’s musical journey from 18th Century musical life in Dublin to musical life for composers in Ireland in the 21st Century.


Composers from the 18th Century featured:



Composers from the 21st Century featured:


  • Karen Power (who will be the composer-in-residence for the event)
  • John Buckley
  • Jane O’Leary, et al.


FORMAT OF THE DAY (repeat same programme in the afternoon with different times)


While the format for each session has not yet been finalised, it will be along the lines of the following format.


Each musician will set up in a different room, and the children will be divided into groups for the first part of the session.


  • LISTENING (60 minutes): 10.00 am to 11.00 am
    • the various groups of children will rotate from room to room for approx. 20-minute sessions with the different musicians
    • they will listen to, and learn from, musicians across a number of musical instruments and voice


  • RESPONDING (30 minutes): 11.00 am to 11.30 am
    • the children will be invited by the musicians to respond to the music they listened to


  • COMPOSITION (60 minutes):  11.30 am to 12.30 pm
    • everyone will assemble, and the composer Karen Power will speak to the children about composing
    • the composer and all musicians will then complete the musical journey with the children by composing a piece of music together
    • the composer will choose a theme, and the children will work on composing variations on this theme
    • the composer will also bring some organic instruments with her, which she will introduce the children to and let them experiment with


  • COLLABORATION & PERFORMANCE (30 minutes): 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm
    • at the end, the piece composed collaboratively will be performed by the professional musicians
    • possible participation by the children on organic instruments, as appropriate




We will have posters and leaflets for this event printed and distributed in the coming week or so, but I thought that I would let you know about it in advance.


I would be grateful if you could discuss this project at your school, and let me know if any children would be interested in attending.


As I mentioned earlier, CMC would be particularly happy if local primary schools were to participate in the programme for the benefit of children who live locally.


I look forward to hearing from you as soon as you get a chance.


Very best regards,




——– The Contemporary Music Centre ——


Nurturing the composition and performance of new Irish music


Linda O’Shea Farren

Communications & Projects Manager


Contemporary Music Centre

19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar

Dublin 8, Ireland



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