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21st February 2019
Wicklow County Fleadh 2019Anne Devlin CCÉ will be hosting the Wicklow County Fleadh 2019 which will be held on Saturday 11thMay 2019 in Aughrim NS, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow starting at 10am. Please contact BrayCCE for entry form and official Fleadh rules (2017 rules apply). The closing date for entrie...
7th February 2019
Creative Connexions Festival 2019Creative Connexions Festival 2019 – Sitges, Barcelona, 24 – 27 October. Once again, Bray Comhaltas has been invited to attend the Creative Connexions Festival next October 24th – 27th, 2019 and we would like to extend this invitation to all Bray Comhaltas memb...
8th May 2018
Wicklow Fleadh – Call for volunteers & venue confirmationBray CCE will host the 2018 Wicklow Fleadh on Saturday 19th May in St Thomas’ Community College Novara Road. Over 300 competitors will arrive to compete in 80 competitions throughout the day from 10am. A great amount of work has been done in preparation for the event howe...
About Comhaltas Bhré
WHY COMHALTAS BHRÉ
Our most important assets are those who learn to play our music, those whom we encourage, motivate and steer. They create the magic.
Our Literature & History
We encourage and promote the literature that supports our tradition, from O’Carolan to Captain O’Neill, to modern and contemporary texts.
Measure & Adjust
We continuously assess our learners, their instrumental ability and their auditory capability and suggest adjustments for fast development.
Our lessons are delivered by our Artists in a class room like environment where learners can develop surrounded by their musical peers.
Our Artists provide notation for each tune and assist with note taking on aspects of our music such as ornamentation, rhythm, and various scales.
We promote and encourage the use of technology to aid learning, support, communication, auditory playback and reduce tune absorption time.
- Material overview
- Say hello to Artists
- Introduction to instruments
- Try one out
- Assessment (if required)
- Experience the sounds
- Meet new friends
- Discover your inner instrument
- Full Comhaltas membership
- Unique membership ID
- Receive notification for all events
- Access to local Comhaltas concerts and venues
- Receive discount rates for events
- Member of a global network
- Partner with local corporate & business affiliates
- Support local community cultural development
- Super value
- One-to-one access to professional artists
- Tune portfolio (age/standard based)
- Expert notation tuition
- Specialist workshops (learners only)
- Continual assessment
- Master classes (Music, Song & Dance)
- Access to instrument bank (limited)
Our traditional social dances include old style step, sean-nós, set dancing and ceili dancing.
An instrumental group where members learn and rehearse a large repertoire of tunes in various forms, ready for public performance.
Similar to a Grúpa Cheoil but musicians in the Céilí Band learn dance tunes only, in preparation to play for Céilí Dances.
A musical ensemble comprising only of traditional Irish harp where musicians are trained to express the depth and voices of this unique instrument.
Preparation for our musicians for the informal setting of the traditional Irish seisiún – an important social & cultural export to the community and beyond.
National & International twinning
Through twinning we foster friendships and understanding of musical styles between branches in our network and those of other cultures.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
(no pun intended)
My first experience of Comhaltas was at 8 years of age. It gave a very shy, quiet child confidence, friendship, but most of all a love for music and the Irish culture. More than 30 years later I still love the music and playing it. The organisation showed me at a young age that once learned and mastered I could have this music forever and take part in it no matter how old I got or wherever I go in the world. I have and still make so many friends through Irish traditional music. It was the best hobby my parents introduced me to at 8 years old.
Our cultural assets should be an enriching part of the lives of Irish people everywhere, particularly our young people; they should be a living, highly visible and vibrant part of our society; they should be easily accessible to all; and their unique social, cultural and economic benefits should be realized by communities and individuals throughout the country and in Irish communities abroad.
Michael D. Higgins
c/o Educate Together,
Bray School Project,
Killarney Road, Bray,
Co. Wicklow, Ireland.