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 Youth Choir

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

The youth choir is aimed at young singers and instrumentalists.
No choral experience is required, for students aged 8-14 years old.

Rehearsals take place weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm.

Conductor - Mary Walsh

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 weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Thursdays at 6.30pm - 7.30pm.

Conductor - Anne Moroney

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.
Rehearsals take place weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Saturdays at 11.30 - 12.30pm

Conductor - Elisabeth Richers Byrne

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 weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Thursdays at 7:45pm - 8:45pm.

Conductor - Anne Moroney

The Newpark Wind Ensemble is open to musicians who play the flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder and want to perform in an ensemble.

Open to students aged between 7-14 of Grade 1-5 Standard.

The aim of this ensemble is to create a fun environment for students to learn and perform pieces.  There will be an emphasis on input from the players themselves to make for a collaborative environment in terms of repertoire selected, with a view to ultimately write their own music.

Rehearsals take place weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Tuesdays at 4:30pm - 5.30pm.

Conductor - Fintan Jones

Junior Guitar Ensemble

Introducing a new Junior Guitar Ensemble to Newpark.

Open to students aged 9-12 years.

Students must have basic Guitar reading skills (single notes).

There will be a total of 4 students per ensemble.

Rehearsals take place weekly in Newpark Academy of Music on Mondays at 4:30-5:30pm.

Leader - Tom Harte

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 6 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 available.

Rehearsals take place weekly on Monday or Wednesday evenings (depending on which class you choose) at 7:30pm-9:30pm.

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Newpark Summer Big Jazz Band 2024

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

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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; Saxophonist Brendan Doyle 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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