A look at what’s happening on the local scene. Highlights include the National Youth Orchestra at An Grianan Theatre on Friday, July 4 at 7.30pm; Ceol na Coille hosts its annual Summer School at Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny July 21-25, there are five concerts in store at the Regional Cultural Centre; Ballet Ireland’s Summer School takes place July 26 - August 1at An Grianan, And Fiesta, a local drama looking back at the Fiesta Ballroom, comes to An Grianan July 12 -14.
National Youth Orchestra
The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland will peform on Friday 4 July at 7.30pm at An Grianan Theatre.
Join the 106-strong National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, conducted by internationally renowned Chinese conductor En Shao. The orchestra presents an ambitious programme as part of its Summer Proms tour including Rachmaninov’s second symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s overture to The Tsar’s Bride. Multiple prizewinning German violist Nils Mönkemeyer joins the orchestra as soloist for Walton’s viola concerto. This is an opportunity to see Ireland’s finest talent come together in an all-island ensemble!
Ceol na Coille
Ceol na Coille will host its annual Summer School from 21st – 25th July this year and has moved into Letterkenny so it’ll be hosting it’s classes in Colaiste Ailigh.
During the week there will be classes in Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Guitar, Piano & Button Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin and Harp. There will be Uilleann Pipe workshops delivered by Gweedore based Ciarán Mac Feidhlimídh with reed making workshops with Banba Martin Gallen and Martin McIntyre. These workshops are open to all ages. There will be a Club Gaelach from Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th, 2-4pm for pupils attending the Intro and Beginners classes. This will give pupils an opportunity to take part in activities through the medium of Irish. Activities include music, sport and art. Further details on events on Ceol na Coille Summer School can be found at www.ceolnacoille.ie or contact Paul on 0876774601 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCC Music Gigs
The Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny hosts some good music gigs for the Earagail Arts Festival this year.
The RCC has five concerts. There’s a classical recital by Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue (July 23). The flamenco guitar of Eduardo Niebla (July 25) and English folk with the Emily Portman Trio (July 14). New Irish African trio Treelan (July 21) and the very popular Irish Americana four-piece We Banjo 3 (July), tip: they are not just banjos! All concerts are seated and start at 8pm. Tickets priced €15 and €12 concession can be booked at An Grianán Theatre on 00353 74 9120777 or online at eaf.ie.
Ballet Ireland Summer School
Mon 26 July to Fri 1 August. Suitable for ages 6+ Ireland’s national ballet are back in Letterkenny with this July with their annual summer school. This year it’s all about shoes!!! Drawing on inspiration from the original tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker, this year’s participants will have an unforgettable time creating a ballet with professional dancers from Ballet Ireland.Each day begins with class on stage with the dancers. Summer school participants become part of the creative process, helping to devise the choreography, create sets and costumes (including shoes!). Our hugely popular summer school, gives aspiring performers a taste for all that goes into making a ballet and a peak into the life of a professional dancer. See angrianan.com for more details.
Performing Arts Summer School
Mon 11 to Sat 16 August. Suitable for ages 9 to 21. Where else can your kids work with a professional musical theatre company?
This truly is the best thing going. Participants will enjoy six days of intensive workshops in singing, dancing and acting culminating in a performance of the hit musical Pinocchio, working alongside full time theatre practioners in a professional theatre environment. The summer school is presented by pbm, one of the most acclaimed producers and creators of original musical theatre in Ireland and the company’s shows have now featured at theatres all across the world.
Every year pbm offers young people interested in musical theatre the opportunity to work with the company’s creative team in rehearsals, learning about acting, singing, sand dancing, and working towards a public performance of a very special version of one of pbm’s hit shows.
Fiesta is the major drama production for this year’s Earagail Arts Festival.
Featuring a cast of 26, Fiesta is a nostalgic look back at Letterkenny’s famous Fiesta Ballroom. The Fiesta was the place to meet, twist and shake and fall in love. This July, Fiesta celebrates those magical times, from 1962 until the roller disco years. Sat 12 to Mon 14 July at 8pm. Tickets €15/€12.
iesta is a new drama commission co-produced by Earagail Arts Festival, An Grianán Theatre and Donegal County Council Arts Office and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council. Fiesta performance dates: Sat 12 to Mon 14 July at 8pm. Tickets €15/€12. Book now!