Primary Ensemble Project Launch 2022

NCH & RIAM Announce Walkers’ Support for ‘Primary Ensemble Project’

Published: 26th May, 2022

National Concert Hall Announces Walkers’ Support for its New Cross-Collaborative Music Programme ‘Primary Ensemble Project’ in partnership with The Royal Irish Academy of Music

This June, the National Concert Hall (NCH) is inviting up to eight primary schools around Ireland to participate in a new series of ensemble music and composition workshops called the ‘Primary Ensemble Project’ which will run from Autumn 2022 – Spring 2023, with a finale concert at the NCH planned for 2023.

Presented in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and generously supported by Walkers, a leading financial services law firm active in championing creativity and innovation in arts and education, the Primary Ensemble Project is making a welcome return post pandemic to rekindle and support the revival of ensemble music making in classrooms. 

Participating schools and students will be guided through a series of workshops throughout Autumn 2022 and early 2023, led by music tutors and expert composers from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in which they will be guided in their development in ensemble performance and improvisation techniques alongside aural and technique skills development in a trusted, vibrant and supportive environment.

Students will also collaborate and get creative, exploring musical ideas and themes with the ultimate aim of creating a new piece of music to be performed by them in front of friends and family in a finale celebration concert at the NCH in Spring 2023.

Overall, the Primary Ensemble Project is designed to support primary school ensembles and students with a high-calibre musical programme that equips them with the necessary musical and teamwork skills to participate in an ensemble with their peers. 

Fiona de Lacy, Managing Director, Walkers Professional Service Ireland said: "Walkers is delighted to support the National Concert Hall's Primary Ensemble Project in partnership with The Royal Irish Academy of Music. We recognise the value of this opportunity to the students. Regardless of how serious a musician the children may become, there is immense value for them in getting exposure at an early age to singing and instrumental music. The lifelong learning experiences that can be taken from music in our education system are huge; students learn to perform under pressure, work as part of groups and learn how to deal with a performance or other public moment not going to plan. As a former musician turned accountant, I can absolutely speak to this experience of taking the skills and lessons learned from my experience in the performing arts and applying them to my leadership role in Walkers."

Robert Read, CEO of the National Concert Hall said:As Ireland’s National Concert Hall our ambition is to foster an appreciation and engagement in music at all levels. Our Learning and Participation (L&P) programme is central to devising, collaborating on and delivering key programmes that support that ambition. Today we are delighted to announce the return to in-person ‘Primary Ensemble Project’ workshops as part of L&P Programme. The programme provides a unique opportunity for primary school children to be guided by expert tutors in their musical exploration and discovery and to have fun, collaborate, create and perform together at the NCH. We are particularly thankful for the support of Walkers, who, through their support of local community CSR initiatives, are aligned on our mission of delivering impactful music education opportunities, and to our presenting partners the Royal Irish Academy of Music in making this possible”. 

Deborah Kelleher, Director at the Royal Irish Academy of Music said: “The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) is thrilled to once again partner with the National Concert Hall to promote and develop early ensemble playing in Primary Schools across the country. Our specialist tutors adore working with primary-aged children to develop the important and transferable life skill of collaboration, culminating in a memorable performing experience on the beautiful National Concert Hall stage. We particularly welcome the support of Walkers, whose commitment to education and community resonates deeply with that of the RIAM and the Primary Ensemble Project”.

The NCH Primary Ensemble Project is part of the National Concert Hall’s Learning and Participation programme which is designed to foster and celebrate the appreciation, knowledge and love of music in all its forms and for all.    



Media Queries: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tell 087 1775334. 


About the National Concert Hall: 

The National Concert Hall (NCH) has an ambition to be one of the world’s great centres for music, a centre which will be a symbol of national pride for Irish people everywhere. But above all, a centre for music which will enable the NCH to best deliver on its statutory remit for music, the arts, for culture and for our nation.  
Based in the heart of Dublin City Centre, NCH is Ireland’s National Cultural Institution for music hosting in excess of 1,000 events each year. World-class music and entertainment for all ages is at the heart of its offering, enriching people’s lives through music and the magic of live performance. It is proud to be home to the National Symphony Orchestra who along with Music Network, Music Generation, Chamber Choir Ireland, Irish Baroque Orchestra and Crash Ensemble are resident at the NCH.  

About the Royal Irish Academy of Music 

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) is Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for the performing arts.  Training gifted musicians from all over the world for careers in music performance, composition and pedagogy, RIAM graduates are innovative and reflective, with skills that enable them to take on the challenge of life in the creative arts with confidence and zest. RIAM performing groups are celebrated for the vitality and passion of their performances. The teaching staff includes many international prize-winners and principals of professional orchestras in Ireland. It also includes individuals whose names have become synonymous with music education in Ireland. These experienced teachers are passionate about working with talented students to unlock their artistic potential.  

About Walkers 

Walkers is a market leading financial services law firm and corporate services business. Walkers Ireland LLP provides market leading Irish legal, tax, listing and professional services solutions to domestic and international financial institutions, investment managers, private equity groups and corporations. The firm has a considerable global presence with ten international offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia (Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong, Guernsey, Ireland, Jersey, London and Singapore) and with 128 partners and 1021 staff providing a 24/7 service to its clients who are at the cutting edge of capital markets, aviation finance, investment funds and cross-border finance. Their Irish office has expanded rapidly since first establishing in 2010 and includes 150 staff. The firm and its lawyers are consistently ranked as a top tier financial services law firm. Walkers Global Legal and Professional Services are strongly committed to the long-term development of the local communities in which they operate and take great pride in their active involvement in a wide range of arts, education, conservation and heritage programmes.