Manor Kilbride Music School News

 junior & senior ensemble rehearsals weekly

 

all MKMS students are very welcome to join!

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Starting on 1st May 2019 on Wednesdays 7pm

 

special workshops

in flute, trumpet, guitar, drums, sax/clarinet

 

Fun Summer Camp in July with introduction to many instruments. Details to follow very soon.

We also have lots of opportunities for all ages to get involved with our band and orchestra so don't hesitate, join in today!

Our Tutors

Brass, Woodwind, Piano & Leaving Cert Music

Colm O'Hara Musical Director

Colm O’Hara

Musical Director

Brass, Woodwind, & Piano Teacher and Leaving Cert Music Course

Colm began studying at Manor Kilbride Music Schoolbefore going on to study at the Leinster School of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He studied music at Newpark Music Centre, Leinster School of Music and Royal Irish Academy of Music and went on to complete his musical studies at The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague. As a professional trombonist Colm is deeply involved in the contemporary music scene in Ireland and plays with many groups and artists based in Ireland and abroad.

Colm’s students will be introduced to all types of music and those who join Kilbride & Lakeside Band will find a lively conductor with a modern approach to playing, intending to propel young musicians to great heights of musical performance.

Piano, Flute, Percussion & Music Theory

Maeve O'Hara

Maeve O'Hara

Piano, Flute & Percussion teacher, and Music Theory Classes

Maeve was introduced to recorder, flute and clarinet at an early age.  She studied Piano at the Leinster School of Music and later at Alexander Lomov Russian School of Music Dublin.

Students attending Maeve’s piano lessons will find a very kind, caring and patient teacher, who will lead her students to enjoy playing with ease. Maeve also leads the Percussion/Vocal group at MKMS. This gives piano and other students, an opportunity to challenge themselves playing and singing with others, creating their own music, experimenting with various percussion instruments, improving their timing, keyboard and singing skills, while having a lot of fun playing music with their peers.

Strings - Violin & Viola

Cora Venus Lunny

Cora Venus Lunny

Violin and Viola Teacher

Cora is passionate about child-led education  and believes that the best use of her and her student's time is in pursuing music that the student enjoys, alongside a personalised course of technical study to enable free musical expression and ease on the instrument. She is a gentle, kind and encouraging teacher who will guide her students to play with confidence. Cora’s musical background is diverse; having undergone extensive classical training for many years and worked as a classical soloist and chamber musician, she went on to pursue improvisation and to work with musicians of many genres.

She frequently leads the Crash Ensemble in premières of new music, and is a member of Yurodny (Balkan / Folk / Jazz crossover) and Fovea Hex (alternative electronica).

Cora encourages her students’ individual creativity and puts a strong emphasis on musical collaboration, as this is where she sees the most opportunities for personal growth and enjoyment.

Recorder & Beginners

Maria O'Hara

Maria O'Hara

Introduction to Music Teacher for Young Children & Recorder Teacher

Maria’s speciality is in introducing young children to music.  She is patient and understanding and enjoys introducing children to various instruments including piano, recorder, bodhran, xylophone, guitar and flute.

Maria teaches music notation “Montessori fashion”, as she is a qualified Montessori teacher AMI. She loves singing and knows lots of Children’s songs and her students are encouraged to join the weekly Singsong at MKMS, where great fun is had by all!

Maria is happy to teach children with Special Needs, as she has many years experience working with children of all abilities.

Music School Information

How lessons take place/ How it works

Contact us by phone, text or email to book a lesson or simply to make an enquiry regarding music lessons at Manor Kilbride Music School.  We are more than happy to give advice on how to start, or about what lessons we do. If you let us know what instrument to are interested in, and if you have a particular teacher you would like to book with and your availability to attend for lessons we will agree with you a weekly half hour time slot between the hours of 15.00 and 19.30 Monday - Friday. You can attend MKMS for your lesson at that time every week during the school year. In due course, you will be given the opportunity to join an appropriate ensemble, which meets regularly at MKMS, and is free of charge to MKMS students.

Enrolment

You will need to fill out a registration form, which will be given to you prior to the lesson. Your payment should be made prior to the lesson also and you will be given details on how to pay. Please feel free to contact Maria O'Hara to book a lesson or for any further information on:

087 9656257 or email info@manorkilbridemusic.com

Other Useful Info.

Aims and objectives

  • To teach music of a high standard.
  • To provide opportunities for training in woodwind, brass, strings, drums, percussion, voice, piano, violin, viola and in any instrument categories as is practicable.
  • To seek, create and facilitate opportunities for ensemble, orchestral and solo performances when and where appropriate, as part of the music education provision.
  • To endeavour to keep music fees affordable.
  • To engage in any other music related activities consistent with the ethos of MKMS as the B.O.M. see fit.

Mission Statement

The school’s mission is to eagerly encourage young people to learn and play music. Tutors at Manor Kilbride Music School nurture creativity and ambition, but in a non- competitive manner. When students reach a certain level and can handle their chosen instrument, they are encouraged to join one or more of the music ensembles that rehearse regularly at The Millennium Centre. Ensemble students are expected to respect and appreciate each other’s contributions, regardless of ability level. Students learn to rise to the challenge of performing within a group, in rehearsals and public performances, so that from an early age they learn to play music with confidence. Solo and duet playing is also encouraged. Music exams are an option, but not compulsory.

MKMS Board of Management

MUSICAL DIRECTOR......COLM O’HARA

MANAGER……………………MARIA O’HARA

CHAIRPERSON…………….MAEVE O’HARA

COMMITTEE…………………MARY COBURN

COMMITTEE…………………KATHLEEN O’CONNOR

COMMITTEE…………………MARGARET SHEEHAN

School Ethos

Tutors at MKMS are also experienced performers of music in Ireland today. Our students may take inspiration from their all embracing musical knowledge and experience, following a pathway to musical success and fulfilment, if desired.

Where we are

Coming from Blessington...

At AIB turn onto Kilbride Rd. Then take the first right turn to cross Blessington lake. Then turn left and travel for about 3 kilometres until you come to a right hand turn, signposted SallyGap. This is Oldcourt. Turn right here and Manor Kilbride Music School is immediately on your right.

Coming from Tallaght...

Follow the N81 through Jobstown. Crooksling and Brittas. Travel 2.5 kilometers past Brittas and take a left turn signposted Manor Kilbride/SallyGap. Travel straight through the village of Manor Kilbride. Keep left at the fork, after the village and travel another 2 kilometers over a bridge and up a hill. Watch for a left hand turn for SallyGap. This is Oldcourt. Turn left here and Manor Kilbride Music School is immediately on your right.

Why come to Manor Kilbride Music School?

Manor Kilbride Music School ( MKMS) was founded in 1986. The school has always adhered to the highest standard of music teaching. The Hallmark of MKMS is its individual, one to one lessons, backed up with regular Group, Ensemble and Orchestral rehearsals.

Students are given performance opportunities from an early age, which helps them to acquire lifelong skills in presenting in public with confidence.

Students are taught in a way that will suit the particular student’s learning pace, allowing for full consultation, communication and concentration during each lesson. MKMS is non-competitive. We believe that Music is an Art form. Every artist is an individual who challenges him/herself to create something worthwhile, something beautiful, to make the world a better place. Our teachers prefer to guide students on a path of discovery, learning to play an instrument, developing their musical knowledge, leading to a lifetime interest and participation in musical activities. Students are expected to practice their chosen instrument, in order to make progress and to add value to their music lessons.

Join in and play

Kilbride & Lakeside Band

Kilbride & Lakeside Band was formed in 1986 when Kilbride & Lakeside Music Committee, under the direction of the late Jimmy Craul, (1922- 2009) initially purchased an array of descant, tenor and treble recorders.

Originally the band rehearsed in Manor Kilbride Hall and later in the music room, which existed, over the shop in Oldcourt, Manor Kilbride. The group took part in local events regularly and also entered competitions, where they achieved great success. They trained for RIAM exams and always achieved very high distinction.

Clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and French horns followed and in a very short time, a woodwind and brass band emerged.

Jimmy Craul, while teaching the young musicians, continued to make improvements to the music venue and in the year 2000, The Millennium Centre, a renovated and refurbished former workshop and garage, was opened. The Millennium Centre is a hall, dedicated to Music tuition, practice and performance.

It houses Manor Kilbride Music School and is the home of Kilbride & Lakeside Band; also Percussion/Vocal ensemble, Recorder/Vocal ensemble and Strings ensemble. These groups rehearse in The Millennium Centre and they perform concerts there and in other venues, local and further afield.

Kilbride & Lakeside Band also teams up annually with Headford  (Co. Galway ) Youth Music, to form East Meets West Youth Orchestra.

Activities of Kilbride & Lakeside Band

  • Performance on the Street at Annual Hillbilly Tractor Run, Blessington, annually in June.
  • Performance at Cemetery Sunday outdoor Mass in St. Brigid’s Churchyard, Manor Kilbride annually in September.
  • Gala Concert or Recital at the end of each Term, in The Millennium Centre. Special Guest Artists take part.
  • Annual performances with East meets West Orchestra, Performances at local concerts and events in and around Blessington.
East Meets West Orchestra

East Meets West Youth Orchestra (EMWYO)

East Meets West Orchestra, the brainchild of Matthew Berrill Headford, Co Galway and Colm O’Hara, Manor Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, was founded in March 2011. Under the direction of Matthew and Colm, two similar groups of young musicians, namely Headford Youth Music and Kilbride & Lakeside Band, amalgamated to form East meets West Orchestra. Matthew and Colm had previously played music together in their youth as members of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and this, together with their vast experience in professional orchestral and ensemble work, offered the new orchestra all the opportunities necessary to achieve great things. The 2 groups have been coming together to rehearse, at least once annually since 2011, in either Manor Kilbride or in Headford. In February 2014,  EMWYO participated in and won a special

achievement award,  at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Festival in the National Concert Hall Dublin.  In 2015 the orchestra won a Young Ensembles Scheme award from the Arts Council, enabling the players to compose and perform their own original works. Concerts took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, Society for Music Education Conference in DIT Kevin St., and International Society for Music Education Conference in Glasgow in July 2016. In April 2016 Wicklow County Council commissioned arrangements of Irish traditional airs, which were performed by EMWYO in Church of Our Lady Blessington.

On 11th March 2017, EMWO was one of 6 orchestras selected to perform at the Coole Music Festival in Gort Co. Galway.

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Manor Kilbride Music School

Millennium Centre

Oldcourt

Manor Kilbride

Blessington

Co. Wicklow

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Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra
Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra

Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra

East Meets West Orchestra, the brainchild of Matthew Berrill Headford, Co Galway and Colm O’Hara, Manor Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, was founded in March 2011. Under the direction of Matthew and Colm, two similar groups of young musicians, namely Headford Youth Music and Kilbride & Lakeside Band, amalgamated to form East meets West Orchestra.

Matthew and Colm had previously played music together in their youth as members of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and this, together with their vast experience in professional orchestral and ensemble work, offered the new orchestra all the opportunities necessary to achieve great things.

The 2 groups have been coming together to rehearse, at least once annually since 2011, in either Manor Kilbride or in Headford. In February 2014,  EMWYO participated in and won a special achievement award,  at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Festival in the National Concert Hall Dublin.

In 2015 the orchestra won a Young Ensembles Scheme award from the Arts Council, enabling the players to compose and perform their own original works. Concerts took place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, Society for Music Education Conference in DIT Kevin St., and International Society for Music Education Conference in Glasgow in July 2016. In April 2016 Wicklow County Council commissioned arrangements of Irish traditional airs, which were performed by EMWYO in Church of Our Lady Blessington.

On 11th March 2017, EMWO was one of 6 orchestras selected to perform at the Coole Music Festival in Gort Co. Galway.

Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra

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Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra
Colm O'Hara Musical Director
Maeve O'Hara
Cora Venus Lunny
Maria O'Hara
East Meets West Orchestra