What is the Offbeat Ensemble?


CIARA CAVANAGH joins Noel McGuiness to discuss the Offbeat Ensemble, a new community string orchestra. Ciara explains the genesis of the group. She tells how the main aim of the group is to encourage people who have never played an instrument before can join up and “give it a go”. Ciara explains that there will be atwo groups, one who have some experience and one for complete beginners with people transitioning into the more experienced group as they have built up enough confidence to perform as part of that group. The group is based in St Peters primary school hall in Phibsboro.

Ciara makes an appeal for people to donate instruments, especially stringed instruments to the group so that people who can’t afford to buy their own instrument to begin with, they can borrow one from the groups Intrument lending bank. They plan to perform between two to three concerts per year, beginning with a performance to take place at the end of June 2013.


Duration: 07'32" DATE: April 16, 2013
Interviewer:Noel McGuinness
Producer:Zandra Ball
Interviewee:Ciara Cavanagh
Themes:Irish Life & Culture, Local Arts & Culture
Keywords:offbeat ensemble, string orchestra, community orchestra, learning an instrument, learning music, playing as a group, local music, becoming a musician, ciara cavanagh, phibsboro
LocationDublin,Ireland Time Period:2013
Type:Sound Language:English
Creator:Near FM Publisher:Near FM
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