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Kildare County Council Arts Service

Music Development Programme

Kildare County Council Music Development Programme

The emphasis of the Music Development programme over the previous ten years has been support for the County Kildare Orchestra at its inception and development period, and the initiation of the Music Outreach programme in schools and the Tzipora Children’s Music Festival.  Venues for music performances in the county include Riverbank Arts Centre, The Moat Theatre, churches, pubs and hotels.  While largely accessible, these venues are not always appropriate for, or available to young musicians.   

 The future Music Development programme will be largely guided by the findings of the Platform 1 Music Development initiative, facilitated by Ollie Cole, based in Leixlip, and with provision for commissioning and recording original music. 

Kildare County Council will embrace innovative and contemporary music initiatives, with cognisance of traditional music.  An example of this is the 2006 mentoring/ recording project, for traditional musicians ‘Ceol Galore’, in South Kildare.

Platform 4 Recording Project @ Leixlip Library


Music Development ProgrammeThe Platform4 Recording Project @ Leixlip Library aims to provide mentoring and recording facilities, for emerging musicians, in Kildare and beyond.

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"Ham Sandwich" Launch Platform 4 Recording Project in Leixlip Library


Launch of Platfrom 4 Colm Purcell, Senan Griffin and Paul DowlingOn December 11th 2008, Meteor award winners "Ham Sandwich" launched the Platform 4 Recording Project @ Leixlip Library

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Kildare Bands to play Oxegen 2008


Punchestown will rock to the sounds of two emerging Kildare Bands this year. "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmackey and the Salads"

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