Great Upcoming Events with DMEP


Donegal Music Education Partnership are inviting young musicians (aged 14-19) to take part in a three day Soundwaves project led by Wall2Wall Music, which will run from Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th February ( during mid-term break) at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

soundwavesParticipants will be create and Jam music together, explore leading and improvisation skills and creating resources using mobile technology. New applicants will be working alongside graduates of Soundwaves summer 2015 programme. Find out what the participants of Soundwaves 2015 got up to here at the Soundwaves 2015 blog, go check it out their Facebook page also!

No experience necessary just a passion for music; open mind and open ears!


If you have any queries contact the DMEP office on (074) 91 76293, Email:

Funded under the Music Generation/Arts Council partnership programme.



The 6th Annual Cello Meeting will take place during the February mid-term break 2016. The Donegal Chamber Music Society, with support from Donegal Music Education Partnership and Donegal County Council, will present the 6th ’Cello Meeting Ireland’.

This year the weekend is based at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny and will feature master classes in Cello and Chamber Music, given by the internationally renowned cellist and teacher Mihai Dancila. ‘Cello Meeting Ireland’ will give participants the opportunity to have one-on-one tuition from this renowned musician and to attend a variety of musical events happening over the weekend.

For further  details click here    Download the application form here



Would your child like to sing in a choir? Are they aged between 7-13? Starting Thursday 28th January, the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP) are setting up a new Inishowen Junior Choir with rehearsals to take place in Crana College, Buncrana. Weekly rehearsal times are 4.30pm-6pm and the fee until June is just e50.

Ruth McPhillips, who will be conducting the Inishowen Junior Choir

The conductor is Ruth McPhillips from Derry. She has BA and Master’s degrees in music from Ulster University and works professionally as a singer, tutor and musical director. She has years of experience leading groups and choirs.

Singing as part of a choir is lots of fun. Your child will learn new songs, make new friends and get to perform in various venues in the county. For our big concerts we will join with the other DMEP Junior Choirs from Carrick, Dungloe and Letterkenny to make one big Donegal Junior Choir.

During weekly rehearsals children will learn vocal techniques and musicianship through singing different styles of music including World music (e.g. African, Hebrew and folk songs), pop songs, contemporary songs and classical choral repertoire. Group singing helps children develop greater listening skills and builds confidence and self-esteem. Singing in a choir is also a perfect stepping stone towards individual voice lessons. Singers can also progress into our Donegal Youth Choir.

Come along on Thursday 28th or contact DMEP on 07491 76293.


Lunása   – The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny-  Fri 29  January, 8pm

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade.

Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band; Ed Boyd (Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) has recently replaced Hennessy; Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan has performed with Riverdance and recently recorded with Bruce Springsteen. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team

Price: €15/12 cello

Book your tickets here!  or call An Grianán Theatre Box Office – 074 91 20777