A new radio documentary series which tells the inspiring story of Mayo’s hugely successful Music Generation programme was aired in July on Midwest Radio, 96.1 fm.
Established in Mayo in 2011 and part funded by U2, Music Generation sees vocal and instrumental tuition delivered by professional musicians, across all musical genres and styles for children and young people up to 18 years of age. Music Generation Mayo, under the lead partnership of Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim ETB, employs 26 professional musician educators, under the direction of Music Development Officer, Laurie Barrett.
On 4th July, Midwest Radio broadcast part one of “Sound Stories- Mayo’s Music Generation,” which features interviews and performances from across the spectrum of the Music Generation programme including preschoolers, national school students and teenagers from the Core Music Centre in Ballina. Part 1 can be heard here: https://midwest.sharp-stream.com/listenback/sunday/09.mp3
Part two airs on Sunday July 11th.
For thousands of children across Co. Mayo, their musical journeys began with their introduction to the Music Generation programme as it provided an accessible pathway to music tuition and expression from Ballinrobe to Belmullet and beyond.
The two part series, produced by award winning journalist Sally-Ann Barrett, takes a closer look at some of the 12 different musical programmes running across Mayo and the lasting impact they are having on the participants and their communities.