Schools' Outreach

Schools' Outreach

In 2019 the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival extended its education programme in a partnership with The Mobile Music Machine to deliver first class music education, through a two part series of workshops, to local primary school children in the Waterford area. The second series of workshops was co-funded by Music Generation. In all just under 2000 schoolchildren were involved in this project and proved to be an outstanding success with participating schools.

The Mobile Music Machine is a group of leading Irish classical musicians, who have come together for the purpose of offering in-house music education to primary school children across Ireland. We are a registered company who operate to the highest professional industry standards.

Originally formed in 2007 by Fulbright scholar Gerald Peregrine and colleague Paul O Hanlon (former co-principal RTE concert orchestra), the group has performed to over 18,000 school children around Ireland.

The Mobile Music Machine are regular performers at the National concert hall, Dublin, where they work with the education and outreach department. They have also formed working partnerships with Music Generation, as well as many local arts councils across Ireland.

The members of the group are all highly experienced musicians, and are in constant demand as performers both at home and abroad. They regularly perform in Europe, the Americas and Asia. They have a wide range of talents, and are adept at many musical styles. In terms of education, they have given workshops to thousands of children in Ireland and the U.K., France and America, and have years of experience in this field.

The members of the ensemble have a passion for music education, and have experience working in early education classes right up to lecturing at university level (Trinity College, Beijing and Peking Conservatory, Memphis/Florida state universities among others). They have degrees from the most prestigious music colleges in the world (Royal Academy of music (London), Royal College of music, (London) Royal Northern college of music (UK), Limerick university, DIT, Indiana, Texas SMU).


Gerald Peregrine

 Gerald Peregrine is an established soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, who regularly performs in Ireland, Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has a diverse range of musical interests, and has gained much critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. As a chamber musician, he has performed with international artists such as Patricia Rozario, Andy Akiho, Ian Rosenbaum, Barry Douglas, Rosey Chan, Celine Byrne, Anthony Pleeth, Catherine Leonard. He has given numerous solo recitals in all the major venues in Ireland, as well as at major festivals in Asia and Europe He was the National Concert Hall’s rising star in 2004, and also represented Ireland in the European Young Musician of the Year competition in 1996. He presented several concert series in Dublin featuring the complete works for cello/piano by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, all recorded and broadcast by RTE Lyric fm.

As an educator, Gerald has taught cello in Trinity College, RIAM, Cork school of music, Peking and Beijing Universities, Memphis University.He regularly gives primary school music workshops around Ireland with his education company, the Mobile Music Machine ( who have partnered regularly with the NCH and Music Generation.


Joe Csibi

 Joe Csibi is a Producer, Orchestrator, Composer and Musician. A former member of The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Joe spent 7 years with Riverdance the Show as a Musician & Musical Director.  Joe is currently The Orchestra Contractor, Manager and Education Supervisor for Wexford Festival Opera. On education fronts Joe has been involved with many wonderful outreach, education and community projects and has been a leader and facilitator for the National Concert Halls Education Community & Outreach Programmes since 2005 in all sorts of wonderful projects


Sandra Oman

 Dublin-born soprano Sandra Oman was the 2004 recipient of the Margaret Burke Sheridan Memorial Award for her contribution to opera in Ireland.  Born in the heart of the Liberties, Dublin, she graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin with the Ely O’Carroll Gold Medal, the Conservatory’s highest award. Sandra has appeared at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and has also performed extensively in opera and concert in Ireland, UK, USA, Italy, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Poland.


Lynda O Connor, Violin

Lynda O Connor made her début appearance at the National Concert Hall, Dublin when she was just four years old. Subsequently, Lynda has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout Ireland, Europe Asia and the USA. As a chamber musician, Lynda has collaborated with a dazzling array of artists including Barry Douglas, Chee Yun Kim, Celine Byrne, Nobuko Imai and Gilles Apape. Linda has also had several high profile appointments as an orchestral leader.


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


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