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Since 2003, Waltons New School of Music’s World Masters Series has brought to Ireland some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians and performing groups. Click on the tabs for more information.

If you are interested in the World Masters Series, please subscribe to our mailing list. You will not only receive information on upcoming events but will be eligible for 10% discounts off concert tickets.

When I began working on the Waltons World Masters Series in 2003, I saw it as a logical extension of what we were doing at Waltons New School of Music. From the time the New School was founded in 1994, its ethos has been to treat different music genres as equals and to recognise that each has something vital to offer.

As a ‘classically’ trained musician, I have learned to appreciate Western art music’s myriad forms and long history, and I understand that the classical tradition provides musicians with unrivalled technical and theoretical training. However, I also recognise its limitations. For example, while improvisation was an essential element of music-making until the late eighteenth century, it is no longer an important aspect of that tradition. Jazz and blues, both of which have strong improvisational elements, are younger forms (although with ancient roots) that have a great deal to teach the classical musician, particularly the art and craft of stepping away from written music and creating it in the moment. Similarly, ‘playing by ear’ – that is, learning, understanding, repeating and varying music without any reference to notation – is not only essential to the Irish music tradition but to music traditions all over the world.

Diverse approaches to music-making in turn create wonderfully diverse forms of music, and my goal for the World Masters Series has been to bring a range of extraordinary musicians and performing groups, from different traditions, to Ireland – many of them for the first time. While some of these artists were not known in this country, I was convinced that in time the reputation of the Series would give audiences the confidence to ‘try’ artists, genres and traditions not known to them, and this is indeed what has happened. People are coming back for more because they know that whatever we present, it will be something special.

The World Masters Series is run on a non-profit basis and depends for its survival on a kind of unwritten ‘contract’ with its audiences. On the one hand, we work hard to present exceptional artists and performances. And on the other, you support the Series by purchasing tickets, attending concerts and, if you like what we do, spreading the word.

Thank you for your support over the last fourteen years.

John Mardirosian, Director
Waltons World Masters Series
Waltons New School of Music

  1. To bring world-renowned musicians and performing groups to Ireland, many for the first time.
  2. To inform, educate and entertain the public with the diverse cultures, traditions and contemporary expressions of creative music.
  3. To support, by presenting each concert at a range of ticket prices, as well as free or subsidised educational events, attendance by those sections of the community who may otherwise be excluded.
  4. To enhance the educational experience, whenever possible, with workshops, masterclasses, public interviews and/or concerts for schools.

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Discounts for Students of Waltons New School of Music

Currently-enrolled students of Waltons New School of Music can receive 20% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert. To avail of this discount, please email us with your name, the subject/day/time of your lesson/course, and the concert that you would like to attend. We will send you a discount code, which you should then provide when booking online, by phone or in person.

Discounts for Waltons World Masters Mailing List Subscribers

World Masters mailing list subscribers* can receive 10% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert, in addition to being entered in regular draws for top-price concert tickets. To avail of this discount, please email us, using the same email address you subscribed with and including your name and the concert that you would like to attend. We will send you a discount code, which you should then provide when booking online, by phone or in person.

*You must be subscribed to our mailing list for at least 30 days to avail of this discount.

Subscribe to the Waltons World Masters mailing list and be the first to hear about our upcoming events. World Masters mailing list subscribers also receive 10% discounts when booking tickets (up to four) for any Waltons World Masters Series concert, in addition to being entered in regular draws for top-price concert tickets.




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