Laurice Van Den Oosten: Westport Art and Music School

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Laurice Van Den Oosten

Laurice Van Den Oosten

Laurice Van Den Oosten is delighted to report that WAMS has been doing better than ever since returning to in-person services after the numerous lockdowns and setbacks.

She told us: "We now have over 300+ students on our register! That’s more than double of what we had last year.” The school has been able to create some new events recently, such as; Ukulele and Banjo Groups, monthly book clubs, a studio recording space and the return of their very popular Kids Art Club.

"Over the summer we ran art and music summer camps for children of all ages as well as open mics and live music weekly featuring local musicians around the town including Headroom, Hounds of dusk and Colin Mulligan. This Christmas we plan to host a joint recital teaming up with Maria’s Music School (location TBC ).

Laurice added: "We're looking for numbers for a teenage and children’s book club that we want to start running soon on a week day. If people are interested they can submit their name on the website under the ‘bookclub’ page.”

WAMS have kindly started to lend out musical instruments to their new and existing audience free of charge. “We are always looking for people to donate instruments to the school.” As always, they will be hosting the Royal Irish Academy of Music exam centres this Winter and next Spring for their own students and outsiders. If you would like to find out more about the other services please visit the website at


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