Creating performance music opportunities for all
Our Musical Communities projects exist outside our usual school or youth settings and regularly involve those who don't fit our normal 0 - 18 age profile!
These projects are often only possible thanks to collaborations with, and generous input from our county arts & library services, and other music, arts and community organisations.
Browse through the information below for details on who we are currently working with and the resulting projects.
Music on your Doorstep
We're busy putting the finishing touches to a project involving Anam Beo, Offaly Active Aging Group, Offaly Libraries, Laois - Offaly ETB and Offaly Arts Office....stay tuned for the details....
...Opera co-creation for social transformation is an exciting project being led by Irish National Opera. TRACTION aims to create an innovative operatic work for presentation in 2022. The operas will be drawn from the experiences of three communities from across Ireland. The result will be a unique VR opera experience that will be part of Irish National Opera’s artistic offering to audiences in many new contexts in the future.
The Munch Time Sing
Zoom in from your home desk for our weekly 'drop in' singing session on Tuesdays at 1pm. A little musical interlude from the working day. Free but booking required. See Eventbrite for further details.
We're taking our intergenerational ukulele project out across the region. Working in partnership with Offaly & Westmeath Age Friendly teams and Library Services together with our ETBs, generations in the same family will have the chance to learn ukulele while they spend time together :)
The Memory Opera is joint project between Offaly Arts Office, Anam Beo and MGOW. Community musician Andy Spearpoint has been commissioned to create an intergeneration music project in Clara Co.Offaly. Through the project, participants will explore objects and sounds in relation to memory leading to the creation of a collaborative composition.
The project involves groups from Clara Youthreach, Family Resource Centre and in time a local MGOW partner primary school.
Family Song Time
Singers of all ages are invited to join us for a series of online singing sessions taking place each Tuesday in May...and by the miracle of technology we can connect with families spread across multiple households!
‘Family Song Time’ is an ‘Intergenerational Singing Session’ for children and their extended family, bringing families together through song. Sessions will be led by Alan Leech of Chamber Choir Ireland.
Part of Bealtaine Festival 2021, Family Song Time will include the opportunity to sing songs loved by old and young alike. In addition to weekly singing fun, special guests séan-nós singer Fiona Kelleher and rapper Garry McCarthy will be dropping in for some of the sessions.
Aimed at primary school aged children, their parents, grandparents and extended family with sessions organised into age groups. The 3.30pm session will be focused on younger singers aged 4-8 and their families, and the second session beginning at 4.15pm for singers aged 8-12 and their relatives.
Cruinniú na nÓg, 12th June 2021, is a nationwide day of celebrating creativity among children and young people aged between 0-18 years. Managed locally by Offaly & Westmeath Library, MGOW contributes to the programme of free events.
Our intergenerational ukulele group meet every Friday in Arden View Family Resource Centre, Tullamore. It has evolved through a partnership with Offaly Active Aging and St. Joseph's and Scoil Eoin Phól National Schools. The group aims to provide an opportunity for generations within families to enjoy learning and performing together.