Waltons Winter Sale ENDS THIS SUNDAY. Call in to our Georges Street or Blanchardstown branches this weekend to avail of big discounts on Gibson, Epiphone, Fender and Takemine Guitars, Marshall and Schertler amps, Dunlop pedals, Kurzweil keyboards and hundreds more discounted products! Or go online at http://www.waltons.ie/home/offers/ and view all our SPECIALS!
Do you want to improve your school’s music programme? The March 14th entry deadline for the third annual WALTONS MUSIC FOR SCHOOLS COMPETITION is now SIX weeks away, so a music group from your school still has time to prepare a video entry and form to be in with a chance to perform in the National Concert Hall as a finalist in front of Bill Whelan and Julie Feeney (our Finalist Concert judges) and possibly win a voucher for up to €3,000 worth of musical instruments for your school! ALL MUSIC GENRES WELCOME – ROCK, POP, CLASSICAL, TRAD, JAZZ, ETC. For more details click here.
We’re inviting musicians, singer-songwriters, bands and ensembles to submit video performances to us, and we’ll select one each month to showcase on the Waltons Music website homepage, Waltons Music TV on YouTube and Facebook page. The monthly selected video will be seen over four weeks by our thousands of website visitors.
ALL genres and styles of music are welcome – rock, pop, jazz, trad, classical, etc. And it doesn’t matter whether your performance is on a stage, in the garden or in your kitchen – we want to see and hear you playing! Our first deadline for submissions is 5 pm on Monday, 10 February, and we’re hoping to get our first chosen favourite up on view on 14 February, Valentine’s Day – just to show how much we love your music! Click here for more details.
Our friends at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras have announced that the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras will take place at the National Concert Hall on Saturday, 8 February. More than 400 young players from around Ireland will perform original works and arrangements from the classical repertoire, shows, films and pop music, including pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Bartok, Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer, Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and arrangements of Elbow, Cole Porter and more!
Then check out the fantastic introductory course starting next Wednesday, 29 January, 6.30 – 8 pm, Waltons New School of Music’s JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOP provides an excellent introduction to the wide range of skills and techniques required. Over the course of 10 weeks you will learn about:
- Physical and vocal warm-ups
- Voice technique
- Listening exercises and harmonies
- Defining your vocal range
- Rhythm work
- Jazz-style phrasing and expression
- Singing in various styles, including swing, Latin, bebop, ballads and the blues
- Basic improvisation
- Choosing repertoire and exploring jazz standards, including the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, etc.
- Using a microphone
- Developing your own unique style
Look no further! Starting next Thursday, 30 January, 6.30 – 8 pm, Waltons New School of Music’s INTRODUCING MUSIC TECHNOLOGY course is an excellent inexpensive, practical and hands-on course designed to teach absolute beginners how a PC and inexpensive home studio technology can be used to record and produce virtually anything at home! Over the course of 10 weeks you will learn about:
- The Musical Spectrum
- Microphones & Recording
- Sequencing & Editing
- Audio Mastering
This course is filling fast and a great spring-board to build your recording skills on, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to break into music technology this Spring!
Would you like to perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama as well as on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney Show? Waltons World Masters and the Mooney Show are offering one lucky group the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that!
Waltons New School of Music’s World Masters Series welcomes the Blind Boys of Alabama back to Dublin and the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act will be an Irish gospel choir/group selected by the third nationwide Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition, in association with the Mooney Show and RTÉ Radio 1! The winning choir/group will perform a 40-minute set before the Blind Boys take to the stage.
The Competition was launched by John Mardirosian and Derek Mooney on Monday, 13 January.
Go to the Competition web page for more information on this wonderful opportunity. Entry deadline: 5 pm on Friday, 21 March.
Then check out the simply amazing Zoom iQ5! This is a high-quality mid-side stereo condenser mic, perfect for recording music and compact enough to be slipped into your pocket. Simply connect it to the Lightning connector of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and get ready to do some serious stereo recording any time, any place!