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 Glengormley School of Traditional Music new term will be starting on the 19th September 2013.  Based in Edmund Rice College, Hightown Rd, Glengormley. Registration is on Thursday 12th and 19th September. This School is provides tuition in Traditional Music to the people of Newtownabbey and North Belfast. We are very proud of the success of the school and the fact that we have provided a valuable Artistic/Musicial  resource to the community that has been accessed by over a 1,300 budding musicians in the last 12 years. We are regularly involved in various community events including many of a cross community nature in Newtownabbey, North Belfast  and further afield. The standard of music being achieved by our pupils is reflected by our involvement in events like the Open House Festival, supporting various Traditional Music groups at Club Sasta and the forthcoming European Night of Culture. We are a completely voluntary body who are supported by the Lottery Fund via the Arts Council NI and by  Newtownabbey Borough Council.


 This coming year there will be classes in the following instruments, Fiddle, Flute, Tin Whistle, Button Accordion, Bodhran, Banjo, Mandolin, Harp  and Guitar( DADGAD and classical). We are also introducing a Concertina Class for beginners due to numerous requests for same. The school caters for various levels including beginners . Costs for the 15 week term which runs to the end of January 2013 are £40 per student  £35 for 2nd family member / 2nd instrument and  £30 for 3rd and subsequent family members. Registration for the new term is on  the 12th September  and on the 19th September prior to classes. We are grateful for the ongoing Grant support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland which allows us to keep the costs to our students at such a relatively low and affordable level.


    The new year will begin with a weekend of Music Workshops in Edmund Rice College over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of October.  This is the 6th year of our weekend of musical workshops  and we are hopeful that the success of the last 5 years workshops can be replicated and indeed  built upon. Like last year the weekend is being funded by Newtownabbey Borough Council and we are most grateful for their ongoing support .The workshops are open to both existing students at G.S.T.M. and musicians from further afield.  Classes will be available in , Fiddle, Button Accordion, Harp,  DADGAD Guitar,  Bodhran  , Flute and Banjo/Mandolin. Donal  O’Connor  the famous fiddle player, music producer  and recording artist will be taking the fiddle class. Our own Button Accordian teacher and recent winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Ceol will be taking the Button Accordian workshop.   Lisa Murray, the renowned and exciting  flute player  will be taking the Flute class.  We are delighted  that Eamon Murray from Beoga is taking the Bodhran class whilst we are lucky to have  taking the  Banjo/Mandolin  class. Finally we have Barry Kerr taking the DADGAD Guitar workshop.  .  We can guarantee both an opportunity to increase participant’s knowledge of and skill in Traditional Irish Music and   a great weekend of  music and craic.

Further info on both the classes and the weekend  workshops can be obtained on school Website www.gsotm.co.uk or on our Facebook page.