Five musicians from Music Generation Laois joined U2’s bass guitarist Adam Clayton and minister for education Richard Bruton to mark a major national announcement by Music Generation at a recent reception in Dublin.
The occasion was the next phase of Ireland’s national music education programme. Tara Sagay (14), 15-year-old Róisín Cunningham, Theo Adams (9) and nine-year-old twins Samanta and Alex Danne were accompanied by tutor Anthony Flannery and Music Generation Laois co-ordinator Rosa Flannery at the event.
Music Generation is the national music education programme that creates access to high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition for children and young people in their own locality.
The programme is co-funded by U2, the Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships (MEPs).
Music Generation Laois is managed by Laois MEP and is co-funded by Laois County Council, Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board and Laois Partnership Company.
Each of the five musicians had an opportunity to share their creativity and their Music Generation journey with the U2 bassist.
As young ambassadors for the programme, Tara, Róisín, Theo, Samanta and Alex represented the rich and diverse music making of so many children and young people involved with Music Generation in Laois.