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A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing for Schools 25 Nov - 18 Dec 2014

With a dynamic blend of original music, improvisation and audience interaction, this brand new festive music show by composer Brian Irvine has been commissioned and specially created for children and schools.

Winter: the most enchanting of seasons…

As the nights draw in and the days get colder, a rolling snowball of four wondrous musicians and some light fingered animation will explore the magic and mystery of all things snowy with favourite memories of winter and some new ones too.

Curricular Links

This show is an ideal opportunity to explore the Listening and Responding, Composing and Performing strand units of the music curriculum. Attending this live music performance means children will see and hear outstanding Irish and International musicians performing music written especially for them on a range of instruments including piano, cello, voice, clarinet and bass clarinet, and percussion including marimba.

A free downloadable classroom pack will be available to teachers which will provide a range of accessible music activities and creative approaches connected to the theme of the show direct from the composer of this music, Brian Irvine. The activities will encourage music making projects in the classroom and support imaginative music responses to the performance which are relevant to the composing and performing music curriculum strands.

Music CPD Course for Primary School teachers

Brian will be leading a CPD course called Easy Creative Composition in the classroom on Sat 15 Nov. The course will focus on building confidence and ideas for delivering the Composing strand of the music curriculum as well as being very relevant to Performing strand units. Click to find out more!

“Just great fun! Great to see easy ways to make stimulating, active and engaging music lessons.” Teacher at Instant Composition course in 2013

Classroom Activity Pack

Download a copy of the A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing Classroom Activity Pack to see suggested exercises from Brian Irvine for you to use to create your own simple compositions in the classroom.

Go to our Classroom Resources page to download your pack.