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...
20th April 2018
Grand opening session – BrazilPara celebrar a abertura da filial da Comhaltas Brasil haverá uma festa de confraternização por meio de uma roda de música tradicional irlandesa conhecida como: session ou em gaélico irlandês “Sesiún”! O evento é aberto a músicos e entusiastas! Todos são muito...
20th April 2018
BrayCCE twinned with Rio de JaneiroBray Comhaltas is delighted to announce that we have officially twinned with the new branch of Comhaltas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulation to Comhaltas Brazil!! We all look forward to many exchanges with musicians from both branches in the near future. Please find...
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 Coláiste Ráithín,
Eglinton Rd, Bray,
Co. Wicklow, Ireland.