Sunday 30 August 2015

Aspiro in tune with U2

Published 12/11/2013 | 05:24

Music Generation Carlow has announced that it has already delivered music tuition to 2,850 youngsters across the county, just ten months after its inception. Music Generation Carlow is part of the National Music Education Programme, which was initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds with a range of local partners.

A number of Music Generation students from Aspiro Choir managed to meet with U2 superstars Bono and The Edge when they took to the national stage at the Mansion House in Dublin recently for the 2013 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Speaking about the choir's performance, Paula Phelan, co-ordinator of Music Generation Carlow, said: 'It was superbly directed by its dynamic conductor, Mary Amond O'Brien and provided the audience with an exhilarating performance. Included in their programme on the night was one of Harry Belafonte's own compositions 'Turn the World Around' which was performed in his presence .It was an exceptionally exciting evening and a credit to the young people".

Among the new projects offered by Music Generation Carlow are Rock School @ The Vault, Aspiro Satellite in Bagenalstown, composition programmes in Borris Vocational School and Music Generation Carlow Trad Orchestra. The Music Generation programme currently reaches 12,500 young people nationally each year, with plans to expand this further in 2014. For more information on Music Generation Carlow, contact Aideen Byrne or Paula Phelan on 059 9138532 or visit

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