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The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the all-Ireland resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland. Read more . .

IAYO Conducting Workshops

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This year’s Conducting Workshops will be held in the Royal Irish Academy of Music on 6-10 July. They will be directed by Robert Houlihan. The closing date for applications is June 1. Find out more information and how to apply here.




ConCorda 2015 will take place in Kilkenny College on 14-22 August. This course gives its participants the chance to study chamber music intensively at a high level with number of Irish and International tutors. Applications are open until 29 May and can be made here.


Irish Youth Wind Ensemble

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Irish youth Wind Ensemble 2015 takes place at the University of Limerick on 16-23 August. The course is directed by Ronan O’Reilly. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 25 on the course and must have a minimum grade 6 standard. The closing date for applications is April 3. Auditions will be held in Dublin and Cork in April. Find out more on the IYWE website.


Festival Website

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You can now visit our website  that was created especially for the 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras. Here you can find information on all of the orchestras that participated, interviews with all of our Festival Ambassadors and much more.

Dublin Youth Orchestra Symphony Concert


The Dublin Youth Orchestra will be playing in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on March 7 at 8pm.

The programme for the night is as follows:

  • Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Shostakovich – Romance from the Gadfly (soloist, Aisling Lyons)
  • Bruch – 2nd Movement from Double Concerto for Viola and Clarinet (soloists, Eleanor Gaffney and Daire Pryal)
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No.

Tickets cost €15 (OAP / Children €10) and can be purchased here.


National Concert Hall ‘Young Musicians’ Award’


The National Concert Hall Young Musician Award is made biennially in support of the development of talented young musicians in Ireland.

Award(s) will be made on the basis of a competitive process. The total award fund is up to €10,000 biennially and may be made to one or two young musicians at the discretion of the judging panel.
The award may be used for further study or towards an instrument upgrade.

The competition is open to young classical string players of violin, viola, cello or double-bass.
Candidates must be resident or domiciled in Ireland.
Candidates must be between the ages of 13 – 17 as of March 13 2015.

The closing date for entries is March 13. Visit the NCH website for full application criteria.


Young Ensemble’s Scheme

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. Groups/ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members. The maximum award is for €10,000 and the closing date for applications is April 9. Learn more from the Arts Council.


International Charity Bazaar Funding

Applications for funding are now open. Only Irish registered charities may apply. There is a maximum of €20,000 per project. The closing date for applications is March 31. Selected charities will be notified by May 1st 2015. Funds will be distributed in December 2015. Apply here.