New Social Media & Online Content workshop dates from Athena Media

Athena Media are running two Social Media workshops in September.

Our very popular Social Media for Business workshop is a full day workshop and takes place on Friday 16th September . For more information please click here

Our Twitter Business workshop is a full morning workshop that takes place on September 23rd .Led by leading communications and digital media expert, Helen Shaw, CEO of Athena Media, this half day hands-on workshop is about using twitter for professionals keen to engage and use the micro-blogging platform as a means of communications, marketing, sales, brand awareness, advocacy and information. For more information please click here

If you would like to book a place on any of our courses please email lisa@athenamedia.ie or call 01 4883350 .

We have Moved!

Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media have moved into a new home! We are now based in Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin 8 (which is just behind the DIT, Aungier Street building).

To view the building and a map go here

Please note that our phone numbers have also changed 01 4883350 and 01 4883351 .

We’re Moving!

Podcasting Ireland and Athena Media will be moving to a new office on the 28th of July. We are moving to Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin 8 (which is just behind the DIT, Aungier Street building).

To view the building and a map go here

Please note that our phone numbers will also change from the 28th July to 01 4883350 and 01 4883351 .

An Opera for Carlow – Athena Media’s latest radio documentary airs on RTÉ lyric fm

Three years in the planning, one year in production, ‘An Opera for Carlow’ is the story of an extraordinary and unique community music and arts project led by conductor Fergus Sheil. Sheil, and his creative team composer Brian Irvine and director and writer John McIlduff, set up to create an opera from scratch working with the people of Carlow. On May 5th in the GB Shaw Theatre in Visual that opera ‘Shelter me from the Rain’ was premiered and this documentary produced by Athena Media is the story of the journey to that night and how the birth of that opera changed the lives of everyone involved.

Athena Media’s latest documentary was broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm on Friday 1st July at 7pm.

Listen to An Opera for Carlow documentary here

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.

To view the libretto go here
and you can also view the website Shelter me from the Rain here

An Opera for Carlow: Shelter Me from the Rain is an Athena Media production for RTE Lyric fm and was made with the support of the BAI’s Sound and Vision Funding Scheme. The producer is Helen Shaw, assistant producers Lisa Essuman and Paula Cunniffe. Sound supervision was by Lochlainn Harte. Narrator is Paul Herriott. Our thanks to Carlow Local Authorities and the cast and of ‘Shelter me from the Rain’.
Further details on the opera is available on the rte lyric fm website here

You can also listen to previous short episodes on the year long journey here
which featured monthly on Paul Herriott’s In Tempo programme. Athena Media tracked the creative stages from auditions to rehearsals, from creative workshops to the writing of the opera itself talking to the creative team led by conductor and curator Fergus Sheil, composer Brian Irvine and librettist John McIlduff.

To read the press release please click here

Documentary preview: ‘An Opera for Carlow’ airs Friday 1st July at 7pm on RTÉ lyric fm

Three years in the planning, one year in production, ‘An Opera for Carlow’ is the story of an extraordinary and unique community music and arts project led by conductor Fergus Sheil. Sheil, and his creative team composer Brian Irvine and director and writer John McIlduff, set up to create an opera from scratch working with the people of Carlow. On May 5th in the GB Shaw Theatre in Visual that opera ‘Shelter me from the Rain’ was premiered and this documentary produced by Athena Media is the story of the journey to that night and how the birth of that opera changed the lives of everyone involved.

The documentary will air on RTÉ lyric fm on Friday 1st July at 7pm.

Listen to An Opera for Carlow documentary preview here

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.

Alternatively you can listen on Audioboo here

To view the libretto go here
and you can also view the website Shelter me from the Rain here

An Opera for Carlow: Shelter Me from the Rain is an Athena Media production for RTE Lyric fm and was made with the support of the BAI’s Sound and Vision Funding Scheme. The producer is Helen Shaw, assistant producers Lisa Essuman and Paula Cunniffe. Sound supervision was by Lochlainn Harte. Our thanks to Carlow Local Authorities and the cast and of ‘Shelter me from the Rain’.
Further details on the opera is available on the rte lyric fm website here

You can also listen to previous short episodes on the year long journey here
which featured monthly on Paul Herriott’s In Tempo programme. Athena Media tracked the creative stages from auditions to rehearsals, from creative workshops to the writing of the opera itself talking to the creative team led by conductor and curator Fergus Sheil, composer Brian Irvine and librettist John McIlduff.

Performance preview of An Opera for Carlow series broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM

The performance preview for Athena Media’s latest radio documentary series An Opera for Carlow, was broadcast on the 04th of May on RTE Lyric FM’s In Tempo programme.

This one year project follows the story of a community based music project in Carlow led by conductor Fergus Sheil where the professional music team are working with the people of Carlow to create, perform and stage a new opera at Carlow’s new arts centre Visual next month.

The opera is now called ‘Shelter Me from the Rain’ and is about the universal themes of love and weather. The opera has been led by conductor Fergus Sheil, composed by Brian Irvine, with words from John Mclduff and the voices of about a hundred people from around the county and beyond. Last night was the opening night of the performance. You can hear a preview of the opening song ‘Shelter me from the Rain’ as the participants and the creative team describe how the project has gone.

A full one hour documentary narrating the story of the project and the music will be broadcast during the summer on RTÉ Lyric fm. Presenter Paul Herriott will narrate the documentary. The documentary is due to air on Friday 1st July at 7pm on RTÉ Lyric fm.

If you missed out on the live broadcast you can subscribe to the podcast series here

Listen to An Opera for Carlow performance preview here

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.

We have also uploaded all of the episodes onto Audioboo. Go here to listen.

High Fidelity: A Century of Recorded Song with Jack L and Julie Feeney

High Fidelity: A Century of Recorded Song with Jack L and Julie Feeney.
Two of Ireland’s most talented stage performers, Jack L and Julie Feeney, have joined forces to present a ground-breaking new radio series, High Fidelity, a century of recorded song, which starts May 16th on RTÉ lyric fm. It is an Athena Media production and runs for 26 weeks and promises a sound-map of recorded song from Thomas Edison to the iPod, from Tin Pan Alley to X-Factor.

You can hear the advertisement for it here

It is also available as a podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.
You can also read the press release here

And visit the Facebook page here

Tenth feature of An Opera for Carlow series broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM

The tenth and final feature for Athena Media’s latest radio documentary series An Opera for Carlow, was broadcast on the 20th of April on RTE Lyric FM’s In Tempo programme.

This one year project follows the story of a community based music project in Carlow led by conductor Fergus Sheil where the professional music team are working with the people of Carlow to create, perform and stage a new opera at Carlow’s new arts centre Visual next month.

The opera is now called ‘Shelter Me from the Rain’ and is about the universal themes of love and weather. The opera has been led by conductor Fergus Sheil, composed by Brian Irvine, with words from John Mclduff and the voices of about a hundred people from around the county and beyond. There’s now just a couple of weeks to go before the performances and today Belfast based composer Brian Irvine is down in Carlow for the final rehearsals with the Aspiro choir. We hear from Brian and Aspiro’s artistic director, Mary Amond O’Brien about the final run down to the first performance on May 5th.

Athena Media will record the final performance of the opera and a full one hour documentary narrating the story of the project and the music will be broadcast during the summer on RTÉ Lyric fm. Presenter Paul Herriott will narrate the documentary. The documentary is due to air on Friday 1st July at 7pm on RTÉ Lyric fm.

If you missed out on the live broadcast you can subscribe to the podcast series here

Listen to An Opera for Carlow feature here

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.

We have also uploaded all of the episodes onto Audioboo. Go here to listen.

The latest edition of An Opera for Carlow series broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM

The ninth feature for Athena Media’s latest radio documentary series An Opera for Carlow, was broadcast on the 23rd of March on RTE Lyric FM’s In Tempo programme.

This one year project follows the story of a community based music project in Carlow led by conductor Fergus Sheil where the professional music team are working with the people of Carlow to create, perform and stage a new opera at Carlow’s new arts centre Visual.

The opera which is now called ‘Shelter Me from the Rain’ is composed by Brian Irvine and created with the collaboration and voices of the people of Carlow.

The creative team have now selected the solo roles for the opera, we heard the auditions a couple of months ago and today we go back to the successful ones as they begin solo rehearsals. We get to know the people involved and what it means for them to be given the chance to perform on stage.

The next feature will be broadcast on Paul Herriott’s In Tempo programme on RTÉ Lyric FM in April 2011 and it will be our final behind the scenes look and listen before the performances. It will also be available as a podcast online.

If you missed out on the live broadcast you can subscribe to the podcast series here

Listen to An Opera for Carlow feature here

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe or find the Athena Podcasts RSS feed here.

We have also uploaded all of the episodes onto Audioboo. Go here to listen.

Podscope – Search Engine for Podcasts

Podscope is the first search engine that actually allows you to search for spoken words within any audio or video file. At the moment they are starting with podcasts and will be adding all types of multimedia in coming months.

Just like any other search engine. You enter a word or phrase in the input box, and they show you a list of results. By clicking on the (+) sign next to each result, you can select snippets of audio to help you decide whether to listen to the whole podcast or even subscribe.

To check out the Podscope website go to podscope.com