IMRO Supports Development of the Irish Uilleann Pipes

Na Píobairí Uilleann are delighted to announce the support of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) for Pipe-Up, an outreach teaching programme for the Uilleann Pipes.

Pipe-Up delivers tuition on the uniquely Irish uilleann pipes over a two year programme to Primary School children in fifth and sixth class. Students are provided with a practice instrument from Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Pipes On Loan instrument bank and receive regular weekly lessons.

The young musicians are also encouraged to develop their performance skills by ensemble and solo playing at school concerts and other public recitals. The project builds on a successful pilot with several Dublin schools.

The Pipe-Up programme also provides important development opportunities for emerging uilleann pipers seeking to build a career as professional musicians by providing a creative outlet through teaching and transmission of the music. The programme also includes mentoring of teachers and professional development through training on contractual, copyright and royalty considerations.

The project is a core element of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Sharing the Sound of Ireland Strategy built on for objective pillars of Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation’s commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes.

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