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June was a busy month for the Sligo based traditional band with a first time performance at the UK’s iconic Glastonbury Festival. But before they went off to camp in a big field in the west if England they had another camp to run at home in Sligo with the West Ocean String Quartet.

Both groups hosted a summer music camp for Young musicians age 13–18, giving them a unique opportunity to learn and perform with Dervish & West Ocean String Quartet as part of the Music Generation Sligo Young Ensemble Week

The camp was open to singers and instrumentalists in any genre, to individuals and existing groups. It was fantastic week where the youngsters could learn new repertoire, explore the fusion between classical and traditional music, form new ensembles and improve their performance through mentoring and performance with Dervish and WOSQ. A group of the students will perform with the two bands on Sunday August 10th in the Hawk’s Well in a Music Generation concert as part of Fleadh Cheoil Sligo.

This camp was part of Music Generation Sligo’s Music Fusion Programme to celebrate the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, Sligo and  it was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Music Generation. The programme has Dervish and West Ocean String Quartet to present master classes.

So far some 6,000 children have benefited from the Music Generation Sligo programme. Watch out for five young composers and 200 young Sligo performers who bring the ‘Big Bang’ to the National Concert Hall this autumn.

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