Choirs & Ensembles

Newpark ensembles are taught in a fun and engaging environment, and we would strongly encourage all our students to take part in at least one ensemble. Our ensembles are open to Newpark Academy of Music students and parents and our wider Newpark community - you do not have to be receiving individual lessons in Newpark to participate in our ensembles.

Newpark Junior Choir

The Newpark Junior Choir offers students a chance to develop their musicianship and vocal technique through group singing in a fun and engaging environment.

The junior choir is aimed at young singers and instrumentalists.
No choral experience is required, for students aged 7-12 years old, rehearsals take place in Newpark Academy of Muisc on Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm.

The Newpark String Orchestra is open to musicians who play the violin, viola, cello and double bass and want to perform in an ensemble.

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 Academy of Music.

The Newpark Chamber Group is open to string players. Musicians are expected to play at Grade 6 level and above.

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 7:45pm - 8:45pm at Newpark Academy of Music.

Concert Orchestra

The Newpark Concert Orchestra is open to players of any instruments or style and aims to create a musically orientated social community.

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 7pm - 9pm, at Newpark Academy of Music.

Recorder Ensemble

The Newpark recorder ensemble, the "FLYING RECORDERS" is a group of recorder students, playing together in a fun environment.

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 11.45 - 12.45pm in Newpark Academy of Music.

Jazz Ensemble Improvisation Course

The Newpark Jazz Ensemble Improvisation Course is taught by some of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians and offers a pathway for musicians to enter the world of jazz improvisation, where participants will be encouraged to play and improvise.

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 commences in mid-September with limited places still available, rehearsals take place on Monday or Wednesday evenings (depending on which class you choose) at 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Junior Guitar Ensemble

Introducing a new Junior Guitar Ensemble to Newpark.

Starting on Oct 10th 2022 and open to students aged 9-12 years.

Students must have basic Guitar reading skills (single notes), taking place on Mondays at 5:30-6:30 at Newpark Academy of Music and running for 12 weeks.

There will be 4 students per ensemble.

We are delighted to offer music students from all backgrounds the opportunity to apply for our Newpark Big Band

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.

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