Get Involved

In schools

Music Promise activities are happening throughout 2013 all over the city. Look out for our branding or ask your head teachers or music teachers to keep you informed of activities in your school and how you can get involved.

Aged 11 to 18?

Why not try your hand at playing, performing, writing or producing, music by signing up for a SYNC workshop in your neighbourhood. No experience needed, just a love of music and/or technology. Start from scratch or build on your skills. Click here to find out more and learn how to sign up.

Upcoming events

Our events section lists activities, showcases and performances open to the public, including Lenanshee – A Modern Fairy Tale and our Music Promise finale concert Grandsons and Granddaughters.

Community groups

Community groups involved in Music Promise activities are listed here:

Kildoag Pipe Band - year long piping and drumming tuition in Irish Traditional and Ulster Scots Music for young people. Contact David Campbell for more details tel. 7768011188

Creggan Youth Drop –  music making opportunities for young people of all abilities. Contact

Foyle Folk Music Promise Tuition – ten week programme of free lessons in folk instruments -bango, harmonica, mandolin and guitar with song writing, recording and performance opportunities. Contact Philip Wallace

Second Line Jazz NI – conducted lessons in Jazz for young people of all abilities. These culminated in a New Orleans Jazz Funeral parade in May. For Autumn opportunities contact Amanda

Play Percussion – this project continues to provide African and samba drumming lessons to parents and children alike across school communities in the Derry City Council area. More details can be obtained from leader Ronan Mc Kee –

Taiko Drumming –this Music Promise programme focused on introducing Taiko drumming lessons and performance opportunities to children at Claudy’s Cumber Claudy and St Colmcilles Primary schools. The Autumn will bring more activity for the young drummers. For more information on Taiko drumming for all ages contact Fiona Umetsu –

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band –A  year long piping and drumming school offering free classes and qualifications in piping and drumming. Contact Ian Burrows

Craigbane Accordian Band –Music Promise funding is providing new accordians to further the band’s music tuition and youth work. For more details contact Hilary

Unison in Harmony – is a choir with a difference. Choir leader Valerie Whitworth is running this Music Promise funded project all year. She invites young people of all ages and abilities to join one of these unique choirs  to increase confidence, well-being and musical ability. A love of singing is the only requirement. Contact Valerie

Britannia Junior Concert Band – to mark the City of Culture year the Britannia Concert band have established a Junior band. The band has more than 20 young people from 11-14 years old in it’s ranks and is recruiting more. The band who are all at the early stages of learning instruments have enjoyed performance opportunities this year already with many more to come. To get involved contact Martyn Goodman

Sounds of The City – a special music programme inviting young amateur musicians from across the city to improve their skills, obtain training and access to equipment and facilities with opportunities to show case their work in their own communities. For information contact Oliver Green

Rocotober Metalfest –takes place in October 2013.This is a five day event for young people who love heavy metal music and will include workshops with established musicians and opportunities to perform. For more information contact David

Celebration of Youth with The Quircus Ensemble – takes place in October in primary schools.This offers young children the chance to experience classical music in an intimate setting and get close to the instruments to discover more about them and the sounds they make. The sessions promise to be   interactive and dynamic. For more information contact

Colmcille Pipe Band – 2013 coincides with the 35th anniversary of the band. Music Promise funding is helping the band to grow it’s youth ranks and to record a cd which celebrates piping and drumming as an art form in our city. They are keen for new members of all ages and abilities. Everyone from seven years upwards is welcome. Contact Danielle

Hamilton Flute Band – Established in 1856 The Music Promise has assisted with the purchase of essential new instruments. To find out more about the Hamilton Flute Band or for opportunities to join – Contact Robert Mc Gonigle

Music Therapy – The main aim of this programme is to provide music therapy to students with special needs and emotional difficulties. The Music Therapy is tailored to a child’s needs and is a proven method of nonverbal therapy. Delivered  by Music teacher and qualified music therapist Lucia Mc Ginnis. This programme runs all year at St Mary’s College.

William King Memorial Flute Band – The Music Promise funding received by the William King Memorial Flute band is assisting their ambitions and vision for a City of Culture festival – bringing people and cultures together to enjoy family fun and great music. For more information contact

Youth First, Dove House Community Trust – ‘Cultured Future Sounds Programme’ is focusing on a music learning and making programme based around an eclectic range of music styles.The programme aims to encourage participation, develop musical skills and offer showcasing opportunities. Music Promise funding has assisted in the purchase of up to date technology for the project. For more information contact Bronagh Mc Monagle

Link Academy – this city centre project aims to bring young musicians together from diverse backgrounds to engage in a 10 week educational programme of music creation production and performance. Targetted at young musicians, bands and individuals, the programme will deliver workshops in composition, studio practice, recording and production. Contact Paddy Danagher

R.E.A.C.H. Across – this Music Promise project is aimed at young people 14-18 years old from different backgrounds across all levels of ability to develop their musical talents. The project aims to inspire young people to develop their creative potential through music. To get involved contact

Practice Makes Perfect Pop Events – Practice Makes Perfect is an events organisation based in the North West dedicated to putting on events for young emerging musicians to showcase their talent. During 2013 PMP is running a series of music events across Derry City.One of these is called ‘The DIY Club’ these are pop up style events which involve young people running,performing and producing their own gigs. To get involved contact Brian Fisher at

Bluebell Arts Project – a year long music project aimed at children from 7-12 years old and teenagers from 16-18 years old from the TRIAX area of the city. This project aims to give young people from all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to access equipment and music education.Contact Fiona Mc Gonagle to find out more at

Trad on Campus – University of Ulster Traditional Society – January to April 2013 The Traditional Society at the University of Ulster at Magee held lessons for staff and students alike to encourage a knowledge and reawakening for traditional music. This culminated in a day of Trad on Campus in April when top professional traditional music bands ran workshops for students and performed in the evening to the delight of all concerned. Caolan Hendron led the charge for this remarkable project. For further information on the society and Trad on Campus contact Caolan

Lisnagelvin Primary School – Music Promise funding has assisted Lisnagelvin Primary School achieve a dream. This year they involved every child in the school – 559 pupils in composing, music making workshops across a range of instruments as well as vocal coaching and development. The result of their hard work has been a professional recording of their compositions now available on a brand new cd called Bridges. Contact Lisnagelvin Primary to find out more about their project.

Major Music City – Noel Mc Donald kicked off the Music Promise year with lessons and sessions for local musicians and the acclaimed Something Special in a performance showcase

Nazareth House Primary School Recording of The Derry Hymnal –whole school project which led to a cd recording of The Derry Hymnal.


Parents of nursery or pre-primary pupils: find out when your child is taking part in Musical Pathways to Learning and talk to his or her teachers about how you can help your child build on what they are learning. (Every pupil is taking part in the programme between September 2012 & December 2013.)


Volunteers are often needed to support Music Promise activities and events. Please keep an eye on our News section to find out how you can get involved.

Make A Promise

Make a Promise is inviting artists visiting the city to donate their time, experience and resources to support young people’s musical learning in Derry-Londonderry 2013. Find out more in our Artist's Promises section.