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The 22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras


February 11, 2017

The 22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras will see over 400 young players from around Ireland perform classical works and arrangements for youth orchestra in a variety of styles. Performances will include A Celtic Suite, Lord of the Dance, ‘Farandole’ by Bizet, ‘Slavonic Dance’ by Dvorak, Suite for Strings by Joan Trimble and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain. A family event not to be missed.

3pm Performance

Saint Ultan’s Super Senior Strings
Newpark Junior Strings
DIT Sinfonietta
Limerick School of Music Orchestra

8pm Performance

Kerry School of Music Orchestra
Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra
Athenry Youth Orchestra
County Wexford Youth Orchestra

Tickets available from the National Concert Hall Box Office on 01 417 0000 or online at nch.ie.

Internet Teaching Pilot Report

Oboe Teaching 1 (2)

IAYO, along with Carlow College of Music, Music Generation Carlow, Laois School of Music and Music Generation Laois engaged in a pilot programme on web-based teaching in 2015-16 including the training of wind teachers in each location on the oboe and a mixed in-person and web-based teaching model. You can download the IAYO Internet Teaching Pilot Report which includes child protection policies and other useful resources.


Applications open for the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras

Applications are now open for the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras, to be held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at the National Concert Hall.
• Read the selection criteria for the Festival of Youth Orchestras.
• Read the Participation Agreement for the Festival of Youth Orchestras.
• Application forms for the 23rd Festival can be downloaded as Word or pdf.
• The closing date for applications is Friday 10th March 2017.


The Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme


Closing date 17:30, Thursday 09 February 2017
Maximum awarded €10,000
contact Eimear Harte
01 6180200

The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g., architecture, circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or any combination of the above). Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members.

Find details and apply online at artscouncil.ie.


Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra


The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra is a new collaboration between the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  The first edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place in Dublin in the first week of July with concerts in Dublin, Kilkenny and one other venue (tbc). The orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance practice. (Exceptional players outside of the age range will be considered.)

Check out iybo.ie for more details.