Jul 12, 2018

Budding young musicians from The Liber8 Music Project perform for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

11 talented young music graduates, from The Liber8 Music Project, performed at the CHQ Building in Customs House Quay for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who were in Dublin this week on their first official foreign trip as a married couple.

The students, aged between 14 and 17, participated in the ground-breaking 10-week after school music programme, which is the result of a collaboration between The Digital Hub and the BIMM Institute Dublin. The young people, all living within and around the historic Liberties area of Dublin 8, performed three well-known hits, Rolling in the deep by Adele, Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran and Read my mind by the Killers, as well as a an original song based on Stand by me for the newlyweds. They followed the performances of 2 bands from BIMM: Moon Looks On and Leila Jane.


The Liber8 Music Project was included in the itinerary of the Royal Couple as this newly established programme, is a unique vehicle for young people living in Dublin city to be introduced to and to develop their creativity and musical talents, while developing life skills and experiencing a third level college environment.


Over the course of 10 weeks, participants complete three modules: Music Styles, Introduction to Performance Techniques and Introduction to Recording and Design.  The programme also gives young people the opportunity to engage with some of Dublin’s most well-known musicians as tutors, including Kieran McGuinness, lead singer and guitarist from Delorentos and Louise McNamara, vocalist and guitarist in the twin sister duo group Heathers. The students enter the course often without any musical experience or access to musical instruments, and by the end of the ten weeks, they perform a concert in front of family, friends, and members of the community!

Fiach Mac Conghail, Chief Executive Officer at The Digital Hub: “We are delighted to see one of our community learning initiatives included in the itinerary for today’s Royal visit.  It is entirely fitting that this very special programme and its talented participants receive an international audience. We are enormously proud of our support of The Liber8 Music Project, which ensures that young people from the community here in the Liberties can immerse themselves in a creative environment while being introduced to cutting-edge digital skills.”

Kieran Mc Guinness, The Liber8 Music Project course director and Lecturer at BIMM Institute Dublin said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of the students on The Liber8 Music Project. The students have been working so hard in preparation for today and were extremely excited to perform for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  The Liber8 project provides opportunities for students to be exposed to life at a third level college, while developing their interests and skills. Today’s performance for the Duke and Duchess is a once in a lifetime experience and everyone at BIMM and The Digital Hub is delighted to be part of it.”

Further information on the programme can be found by visiting the Digital Hub’s website at www.thedigitalhub.com/liber8musicproject or by emailing info@thedigitalhub.com.



Frans Van Cauwelaert / Liz Denieffe, Wilson Hartnell

Tel: (01) 669 0030 / 085 8410814

Email: frans.vancauwelaert@ogilvy.com  / liz.denieffe@ogilvy.com

Notes to Editors

About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies.  Eighty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ over 750 people. The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as, Bizimply, Good Travel Software, Software Design, Sonru, VSware and Xwerx to scale and grow. Major global companies like Eventbrite, Lonely Planet, Software AG and TIBCO are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations such as the Irish Internet Association, NDRC, Silicon Republic and Tyndall National Institute.

Since the project’s inception, over 200 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, Slack and Stripe.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners.  For example, the Future Creators programme and the Future Creators Cadets programme are run with the National College of Art and Design and H2 Learning, to give children and young people the 21st Century Digital Skills that are so necessary in today’s world. The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and plays a key part in supporting the implementation of the National Digital Strategy.

Further information is available at: www.thedigitalhub.com  or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.


About BIMM Institute Dublin

BIMM Institute Dublin is a third level music college with a campus based in The Liberties, Dublin 8. BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, currently has colleges in seven cities – Dublin, London, Berlin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham with courses validated by highly regarded education partners such as the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland– and is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Ireland, UK and the rest of Europe.

BIMM Group is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, i.e BIMM Dublin(Facebook) @BIMMDublin (Twitter) @bimm_dublin (Instagram)

Website: bimm.ie

BIMM video: https://www.youtube.com/user/tvbimm