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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. This year’s repertoire will include extracts from Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and 5th Symphony, Mozart’s Magic Flute overture and symphony No. 39, Bartok Romanian Dances, along with youth orchestra repertoire by Hardimann, Tchaikovsky and Grieg.

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.


Causeway Grants

Causeway Grants are available for youth exchanges between the United Kingdom and Ireland for young people aged 13 – 25 years.  The sending organisation receives up to €640/£450 for preparation activities & 70% of actual travel costs and the hosting organisation can receive up to €640/£450 for preparation activities and the same again for activity costs. More information on this can be found here.

The first deadline for application is May 1 (for projects starting between 1 August 2015 and 31 January 2016) and the second deadline is October 1 (for projects starting between 1 January and 30 June 2016 ). Visit the Causeway website to make an application.



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.

National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Summer Proms


Join the 104-strong National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, conducted by internationally renowned Dutch conductor Kees Bakels in the National Concert Hall on July 12.

Repertoire: Debussy (La Mer), Elgar (Cello Concerto), Tchaikovsky (Sleeping Beauty).

Critically acclaimed cellist Martin Johnson joins the orchestra as soloist for Elgar’s cello concerto.

Tickets cost €18 / €15 and can be purchased from the NCH.


Camerata Ireland Masterclasses at Clandeboye 2015

Camerata Ireland invites applications from outstanding young musicians to participate in the Clandeboye Festival 2015 (17 – 22 August). Applications are invited from students of: piano, violin, cello, flute, brass & voice.

Deadline for receipt of all application material by email or hard-copy is Friday 22 May. Applications forms and more information can be found from the Camerata website.


Carlow College of Music Celebrates 25 Years

On May 30 the Carlow College of Music will hold a special gala celebration in the Bernard Shaw Theatre. The recital will feature both classical and contemporary works played by its present students accompanied by alumni from over the years. The Carlow Youth Orchestra will perform a specially commissioned piece by past student and now teacher Bill McGrath.

Tickets cost €18 / €14. You can read more about the event and purchase tickets here.


Young European Strings Prize-giving Concert

YES will hold their annual prize-giving concert on May 25 at 7.30pm in the National Concert Hall. The concert will showcase the school’s students and award some of them with cups and trophies for their achievements. You can also look forward them performing an exciting repertoire of Dvorak, Bach, Barber, Bruch and Leopold Mozart.

Tickets cost €10 / €5 concession and can be purchased from the National Concert Hall.


KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Residency

The KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival’s Support Act invites applications from chamber music ensembles for a Residency Programme at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin during the 2015 Season. Up to four ensembles will be invited to participate from June 9 – 13, which will culminate in a public concert on June 13. Ultimately, one of the selected groups will receive the €1000 Residency Bursary.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, May 20. Applications may be sent to Lorna Horan, Education Co-Ordinator, KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, 65 Sandymount Road, Sandymount Road, Dublin 4 or by email to lornahoran@gmail.com.