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Monday, 8th October 2018

Nós Nua Youth Orchestra hitting new notes

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Young talent - the Nós Nua, the Louth Youth Folk Orchestra.

Nós Nua, the Louth Youth Folk Orchestra, has been invited to participate at the 24th Festival of Youth Orchestras in 2019 which will result in an evening performance in the National Concert Hall on the 19th of February. 

Nós Nua brings young musicians of diverse playing genres together to explore Louth’s local traditions and are now inviting new membership from talented young musicians (aged 12 - 18 years) who have an interest in exploring traditional and folk music.  The Orchestra would welcome new members not only playing traditional musical instruments, but also instrumentalists and percussionists from all instrument families and musical forms. 

These young musicians and their mentors have had a tremendously exciting and busy inaugural year culminating in their performance at ‘Bloom of Youth’  at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda, a celebration of ‘Bliain na nÓg’ which this year has highlighted and acknowledged the contribution of young people to Comhaltas, Irish culture and community service.    

They also made their live television debut, as the opening performance on Fleadh TV’s first live show of the season from Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda, 2018 on Thursday 16th of August 2018. 

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In the months leading up to ‘Bloom of Youth’, the orchestra seized some exciting opportunities to showcase their work in development and to hone their performance skills.  Some of these events included the official press launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, RTE Radio 1 Céilí House and a memorable performance for President Michael D Higgins on the Gig Rig at the Opening of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda. 

In June, together with four local dance schools, on the steps of St Peter’s Church, they took part in a Flash Mob (nicknamed the ‘Fleadh Mob’), which was aired on Fleadh TV from the Ulster Fleadh in Castlewellan. 

Earlier in the year, the group also enjoyed a rare chance to work alongside esteemed teachers, singers, musicians and composers Martin Power, Dónal O Connor, Padraigín Ní Uallacháin, Gerry Cullen and Zoe Conway on collaborative arrangements of their compositions.

After her workshop, Zöe commented: 

‘I was delighted to work with Nós Nua and see the talent for music that our young people have in this region. I particularly loved the crossover element of the traditional and classical genres, as it really benefits both sides to understand the other. I told them they are very lucky to be in this group, as there were no crossover projects like this when I was a teenager and I would have loved it!’ 

Nós Nua – Louth Youth Folk Orchestra is a joint initiative of Music Generation Louth and the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol (Comhaltas Regional Centre). 

Those interested in joining Nós Nua can register their interest in auditioning at the following link:  

https://form.jotformeu.com/72713311075347   

Auditions for new members will take place on the 9th/10th of November 2018. For more information you can contact Nós Nua at nosnualouth@gmail.com

 

 

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