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20th Festival of Youth Orchestras

Festival Poster Top 330Preparations are well under way for the 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall on February 7th 2015. The running order for the concerts are as follows:

Afternoon performance – 3pm

Cork County School of Music Junior Orchestra
Young Orchestral Pops
IAYO Festival Orchestra
Irish Youth Wind Ensemble

Evening Performance – 8pm
Coole Music Youth Orchestra
St Canice’s Senior Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Ireland

We have made the final selections for our Ambassadors Programme, so keep an eye on the website for more announcements on this.

IAYO Festival Orchestra
The Festival Orchestra will be conducted by James Cavanagh and will rehearse on the two weekends prior to the Festival in Dublin as well as a short rehearsal on the morning of the Festival itself. We are looking for a full orchestra players of c. grade 5 standard and above to play Sandra Dackow’s arrangement of the Rienzi overture, Hardimann’s Lord of the Dance and a newly commissioned work by Sam Perkin, who wrote so wonderfully for the 20th Anniversary of the ConCorda Chamber Music Course last year. If you would like to nominate somebody to take part you can find the form here and return it to the office. You can also download the repertoire and rehearsal times of the concerts.

Festival Fringe
As a part of the celebrations of the 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras we are planning a Festival Fringe. Festival Fringe events can take place from three weeks before the annual Festival on 7th February 2015 until two weeks afterwards. Any activity that orchestras take part in can be part of the fringe and we would especially love to see members teaming up with other members around the country to share concerts and to exchange players or whole orchestras.
There are plenty of possibilities for activities for the Fringe, so please don’t hesitate to contact the office if you would like to be involved or have any ideas.

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Young People, Children and Education Programme Activity Fund

AC_FUND_TheArtsWebThe purpose of the YPCE Programme Activity Fund (PAF) is to assist the Young People, Children, and Education sector with the costs of one or more elements of an artistic programme planned for 2014. The Programme Activity Fund is not intended to support the core or administrative costs of an organisation.

It is important that the programme of work identified is in line with Arts Council strategic priorities for Young People, Children, and Education.

Closing date: 17:30, Thursday 04 December 2014
Maximum awarded: Unlimited
Applicant type: Organisation
Telephone: 01 6180 200

Applications are open from 4th November.

Visit the Arts Council website to download a copy of the guidelines and learn how to apply.


10th European Orchestra Festival for Youth and Amateur Orchestras

The 10th European Orchestra Festival of EOFed will be held from June 4 to June 7 in the City of Cremona, Italy. The deadline for online registration is November 30th, 2014. The registration form will be published on the EOFed home page in October 2014 and will include the rules and conditions of the event. Download the pdf for more information.


‘Primary Strings’ Project Reports a Success

Primary strings reportThe National Concert Hall recently launched the results of a report on the Primary Strings Project, an initiative which allows every child in the classroom the opportunity to learn an instrument, during school time. It revealed that children having access to instrumental music tuition (generally confined to after-school, fee-paying provision) leads to improvement in their confidence and self-esteem. 2,000 children in 23 schools (mostly DEIS schools) have had the opportunity to participate in the programme, 8 of these schools now have a school orchestra.

You can read the report here, or for hard copies of the report you can contact Nigel Flegg (Head of Education, Community and Outreach).

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