Sing out, rock out, this Christmas! with Music Generation Kilkenny

Young drummer Robbie with Musician Educator Mark on the festival bandstand (photo by: Freddie Greenall)

The festive season is in full swing at Music Generation Kilkenny HQ as young musicians prepare for two upcoming Christmas performances in Kilkenny. SING OUT and JINGLE BELL ROCKOUT will showcase the musical talent of children and young people participating both in primary schools and after-school music hubs established by Music Generation Kilkenny.

First up is ‘SING OUT’ – a concert in St. Canice’s Cathedral for the whole family to enjoy. The SING OUT concert has already sold out and with over 200 children from local primary schools and several students from Music Generation Kilkenny’s after school programme all coming together in St. Canice’s Cathedral, this promises to be a highlight of the year on the Music Generation Kilkenny calendar. Sing Out will feature Christmas choral music from St John of God Primary School, Gaelscoil Osraí and CBS Primary School plus a string ensemble performance from Kilkenny School Project and vocal performances from Creative Music Space voices. Music Generation Kilkenny is delighted to partner with St. Canice’s Cathedral for this wonderful initiative.

Speaking about the upcoming concert Sinéad Blanchfield, development officer with Music Generation Kilkenny said, “Partnership is the cornerstone of Music Generation Kilkenny. Partnership has opened the door to untold musical possibilities for children and young people in the city and county and it is still yet early days for the programme in Kilkenny. I am thrilled to have the support of the people of Kilkenny behind our children and young people with a sold-out concert in the magnificent St. Canice’s Cathedral. This promises to be a highlight of the year in the Music Generation Kilkenny calendar for sure”.

‘Jingle Bell Rockout’ – Join in the magic of Christmas, raise your voice in song and support Kilkenny’s rising young stars performing Christmas Classics! A free open air concert taking place on Thursday 22nd December at 3pm, young musicians from the Creative Music Space will showcase their singing, guitar, and drumming skills with some familiar Christmas tunes at the Yulefest Bandstand on the parade.

The Creative Music Space is an after-school music hub in Kilkenny city run in partnership with Foróige for young people who want to learn an instrument or explore their singing skills in a group setting, with experienced musician educators. Children and young people meet weekly from September to June for small group lessons in Ukulele, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums and singing. Instruments can be rented for a small fee. There are limited spaces available, and a new intake will open in January 2023.

More information on our programmes is available by emailing, by Facebook message: musicgenerationkilkenny, or by phone: 087 1765493.

Music Generation Kilkenny is part of Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. The programme seeks to transform the lives of children and young people ages 0-18 by creating access to high quality, affordable music tuition in their localities. Locally, the programme is led by Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board in partnership with Kilkenny County Council.


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