Most Peculiar Music Workshops taking the country by storm!

The Ark and Music Network are out and about with our Most Peculiar Wintry Music Workshops!

The Ark and Music Network are out and about with our Most Peculiar Wintry Music Workshops!

Up and down the country children are making music and songs on a zany wintry theme with the help of composer Brian Irvine. All things weird, wonderful and wintry are being made into songs and music by children including everything from getting stuck in a chimney, eating yellow snow, kids hibernating, jogging in the snow and a supersonic-acrobatic-rocket-powered-snowboard!

The music is all being created as part of the workshop strand of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing – a brand new music performance commission by renowned composer Brian Irvine. The workshops kicked off last week and are rolling out nationally ahead of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing performances opening at The Ark and touring to 9 venues nationally. Brian has been leading these hand-on music workshops for children in all of the tour locations throughout the country.

The aims of the workshop strand are:
• to engage children in exciting hands-on music making using the same wintry theme as the performance to give them skills in creating their own music and also to maximise their engagement with the performance also.
• provide ideas and professional development support for teachers to enable them to make the most of attending the performance and beyond that in their delivery of the music curriculum.
• create a greater sense of meaning and engagement for children and teachers with the forthcoming performances of A Most Peculiar Wintry Thing when it comes to each area.
• To offer a professional development mentoring opportunity to local musicians in each area to shadow and work with Brian in the workshops and connect with their local venue also.

With 3 more venues and a continuing professional development day for teachers yet to take place, so far positive feedback so far has been pouring in from schools and venues.

"It was fantastic to see Brian in action. The teacher seemed really enthusiastic about the experience. I was delighted that we were able to offer the workshop opportunity to [the] school. I really believe it made the performance a more attractive proposition for them"
Orla Henihan, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

"That was a magic workshop with Brian in Bray this morning!
I really enjoyed it as did the kids!"

Aoife Demel, PR & Marketing Manager, Mermaid Arts Centre