The choir is aimed at young singers and instrumentalists.
No choral experience is required, for students aged 7-12 years old, rehearsals take place on Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm.
The Junior Strings have performed at the National Concert Hall a number of times and also perform two concerts every year where they often collaborate with other ensembles and choirs in the school to perform larger pieces of music. Open to students aged between 7-14 of Grade 1 - 5 Standard. Rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 6.30pm - 7.30pm, in Newpark Comprehensive School, situated directly opposite Newpark Academy of Music.
Because of its intimate nature, chamber music has been described as “the music of friends”. For more than 100 years, chamber music was played primarily by amateur musicians in their homes, and even today, when chamber music performance has migrated from the home to the concert hall, many musicians, amateur and professional, still play chamber music for their own pleasure. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social, that differ from the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. Rehearsals take place on Thursdays at 8pm - 9pm.
Places currently available for: violin, viola, cello, French horn, trombone and tuba. With professional tutors and enthusiastic members, you can stretch yourself musically in this supportive and social community orchestra. Open to students of Grade 2 - 3 Standard or above or those with equivalent experience. Musicians of a suitable standard will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Rehearsals take place on Mondays at 7pm - 8:30pm.
The ensemble has been running for a number of years and has a achieved an advanced level of ensemble playing. The ensemble is perfectly set up to play compositions and arrangements for up to 4 parts or more. Performing music from medieval, baroque to contemporary music, as well as jazz and pop arrangements. Open to students of Grade 3 standard and above.
Weekly rehearsals take place on Saturdays at 12.15 - 1.15pm.
The wind band offers musicians the chance to play in an ensemble, showing the role that every person plays in making a piece of music come to life; it gives students the chance to play a diverse range of pieces, from music from movies, musicals, pop, traditional Irish, and some classical pieces, as well as providing an important social experience for students who might otherwise only get to play on their own. New members are welcome and all levels of experience can be accommodated. Rehearsals take place on Mondays at 6 - 7pm.
Students will have the unique opportunity to work in-depth on improvisation techniques, learning jazz standards, practical rhythmic tools to connect with the rhythm section and much more. There is a total of 4 classes with 6 people in each class and twice per year students will have the opportunity to publicly perform with their group. This popular course has already commenced with limited places still available, rehearsals take place on Monday or Wednesday evenings (depending on which class you choose) at 7:30pm-9:30pm.
Participants will establish a strong theoretical and stylistic foundation with regards to improvisation and performance within a large Jazz ensemble. There will be an emphasis on the development of the student’s individual expression and creativity. Led by the highly experienced Big Band Leader & Saxophonist Kieran Wilde, the faculty will also include some of the leading exponents of Jazz music from Ireland; Pianist Scott Flanigan, Bassist Andrew Csibi and Drummer Kevin Brady.
The Newpark Big Band is open to juniors and seniors who have the appropriate background, and who are committed to studying the performance practices and rich cultural legacy of jazz & improvised music. Admission to the course will be by application.