New term opens at Glengormley School of Traditional Music

THE new term for Glengormley School of Traditional Music starts next Thursday, September 20.

Registration for the school, which provides traditional music tuition at Edmund Rice College is on tonight (Thursday) and next Thursday.

Over the past 11 years the school has great success in tutoring over 1,200 budding musicians.

The school is regularly involved in various community events across the borough and beyond.

In the past students have been involved in the Open House Festival and will feature in the forthcoming European Night of Culture.

This year there will be classes in the fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion, bodhran, banjo, mandolin and guitar as well as a new harp class for beginners, due to a high level of demand.

The school caters for various levels including beginners and the 15 week term costs £40 per student, £35 for the second child/instrument and £30 for the third child.

The new year will begin with a weekend of music workshops in the college over the weekend of September 29 and 30. The workshops are open to both existing students and musicians from further afield. As well as the many classes available, Gerry O’Connor the famous fiddle player and recording artist will be taking the fiddle class and renowned flute player Lisa Murray will be taking a class.

Also featuring at the Eamon Murray from Beoga is taking the bodhran class while multi-talented musician Stevie Dunne will be year taking the banjo/mandolin class and Alan Burke taking guitar workshop.

The skills weekend promise to be fun-filled and will help to increase traditional music skills.

Throughout the year the school will be holding a number of shows and is hosting a fundraising concert in aid of the Oscar Knox Appeal on Saturday, September 29, in St Bernard’s Pastoral Centre.

A great evening of traditional music, song and dance is guaranteed with good friends The Rapparrees ending the night. Tickets are £10 and will be available from the school on the registration nights.

The school is a voluntary organisation and is supported by the Lottery Fund, the Arts Council and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Further information can be obtained on the school website www.gsotm.co.uk or on its Facebook page.