Schools' & Community Outreach

Schools' & Community Outreach

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival & the Mobile Music Machine

Since 2019, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival has partnered with Mobile Music Machine to further our ambition of fostering a love of classical music in younger people in communities throughout the Blackwater Valley. Mobile Music Machine, a classical music education company, delivers a series of workshops in primary schools across Waterford. This initiative has been a resounding success, reaching almost 2,000 primary school children across County Waterford. 

Each workshop is thoughtfully put together and covers all aspects of classical music. The instructors, professional musicians themselves, will introduce their instruments and chat about sound, rhythm, harmony, melody, emotion, and listening. They will delve into the history of music, and teach children about composers in a light-hearted and fun way. These relaxed, informal sessions provide a chance for children to experience live performance and to get in touch with classical music in a way that is not alienating. We aim to rewrite the narrative of classical music in a way that is truly approachable while still retaining the high quality of the art form.

It is no surprise then that this thriving partnership between BVOF and Mobile Music Machine will continue in 2021. Schools in the region that would like to invite Mobile Music Machine to deliver their interactive and engaging classical music workshops in September 2021 can submit the expression of interest form below. [Submit Contact Form]

Our partnership with Mobile Music Machine is made possible with the generous support of the David Ross Foundation. For further information on Mobile Music Machine visit 

‘Discover Opera’ Project

In 2021 Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Music Generation Waterford will partner to launch a new ‘Discover Opera’ project for local primary schools. Generously funded with the support of the Tomar Trust, the project will include a series of online and classroom workshops, culminating in an exciting new opera trail for participating schools at Lismore Castle during the 2021 Festival. 

Participating schools include Scoil Mhuire Tallow, Modeligo National School, Fews National School, St. James’s National School in Stradbally and Portlaw National School.

For more information on Music Generation Waterford visit

If you would be interested in applying to have the Mobile Music Machine come to your school contact us using the form below.


Festival Partners

CRO Num : 484001
CHY Num : 22220

The Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, centered in Lismore, Co. Waterford, is held in the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings of Lismore Castle and Historic Houses on the shores of the scenic Blackwater River.

Lismore Music Festival Clg
t/a Blackwater Valley Opera Festival,
8 Main Street, Lismore,

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