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23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras

Saturday 10th February, 3.00pm & 8.00pm

The 2018 Festival of Youth Orchestras will see almost 500 young musicians take to the stage of the National Concert Hall to perform a variety of music played by young people for young people – from the standard classical repertoire to music from the movies, pop tunes arranged for orchestra and new music by Irish Composers. The 2018 edition will include music from The Toy Symphony, a Hungarian Dance by Brahms, the Pavane by Gabriel Faure, Shostakovich’s Waltz Number 2 along with performances of music from the Pirates of the Carribean, the Theme from Sesame Street and modern Irish works by Ramond Deane, Elaine Agnew, Vincent Kennedy and more. It’s a family-friendly event not to be missed.

For all information on performers and tickets, see the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras website.

Tickets from €7.50 to €15 on sale at the National Concert Hall and on 01 417 0000


Sign Petition: Save our national orchestras!

A partcipant in Dublin Youth Orchestras has created a petition at change.org which has collected thousands of signatures over the past month. Please support the campaign and sign the petition here.



A review of orchestral provision by RTÉ is placing the existence of the National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in their current format in doubt. Please take action here.


€245,500 announced by Music Network for Music Capital Scheme 2017

Music Network have welcomed the announcement by Josepha Madigan TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, confirming funding of €245,500 for the Music Capital Scheme 2017.

The Music Capital Scheme, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and managed by Music Network, comprises two distinct awards that provide funding for the purchase of musical instruments to both non-professional performing groups and to professional musicians. Read more here.


 Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra

Watch the video of the first edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra, held in July this year.


Mandatory Child Safeguarding Policies and Mandated Reporting

On 2nd October 2017, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs launched the revised Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and announced the commencement of remaining sections of the Children First Act 2015 from 11th December 2017. This act has implications for all those providing cultural activities to children and young people. Read more here.