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Newsnotes Survey

The first issue of Newsnotes was circulated in September 1994, immediately following the first AGM, held in Cork School of Music alongside a workshop with Dr Hugh Maguire, elected on the day to be IAYO’s first Honorary President.

The world being not quite the same as it used to be, we want to make sure that we are providing the right news and information through the right channels and have prepared an online survey on the various types of news and formats in which we publish. The survey should take less than five minutes (we’ve timed it!) and will be very helpful to us in planning how to deliver news and information in the future. Please do take the time to fill it out. The survey can be accessed at here.

Young Ensembles Scheme from The Arts Council

The Arts Council has announced the second round of the Young Ensembles Scheme for 2014. The 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.

The funding is suitable for both orchestras or chamber ensembles (in addition to bands and groups in other art forms) and can be applied for to support a variety of activities. IAYO has acted as sponsor for a number of applications in the past for young string quartets that wished to develop themselves and we are happy to do so for groups that do not have the required legal status. We can also help with writing applications, budgets, proof reading etc.

You can find out more about the scheme and read the guidelines at www.artscouncil.ie. Please note that applications to The Arts Council are online only and you will need to leave time to register if you have not done so already.

For further enquiries, contact Karen Whelan, YPCE Assistant on 01 619 7805 or at karen.whelan@artscouncil.ie.

The closing date is 10th April 2014.


Concerts Coming Up

UCD Scherezade

The UCD Symphony Otrchestra, conducted by Ciarán Crilly, is delighted to announce that its Spring Concert shall take place at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday 8 April at 8pm featuring Britten’s Storm Interlude form “Peter Grimes”, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade.

On Sunday 13 April at 7pm, DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present All Together Now, their 4th Annual Festival of the best ensemble music making at the Conservatory including performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 and Linda Buckley’s Cosán de solas gealaí buí for Irish traditional ensemble, chamber orchestra and electronics

Tickets for both concerts are available from the National Concert Hall box office on 01 471 0000 or www.nch.ie.

IAYO Conducting Workshops

The IAYO annual conducting workshops will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to run alongside Orchestral Manoeuvres - their Summer Orchestra Academy. Participants will avail of tuition in baton technique and score preparation along with opportunities to observe sectional and full rehearsals with the RIAM summer orchestra academy, conducted this year by Ciarán Crilly. The repertoire for this year’s course has been set and copies will be available for download or from the IAYO office shortly.

Find out more here or go straight to the online application from. The closing date for applications is Monday 26 May 2014. Participant places are limited so it’s best top apply early!

ConCorda Scholarships

ConCorda Music

In 2014, two new scholarships have been introduced at ConCorda – for a quartet and an individual player. The Hugh Maguire Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a formed string quartet of exceptionally high quality. In 2014, the scholarship will cover full course fees for the 4 members of the successful string quartet. The Tricia Maguire Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an individual string player who has reached an exceptionally high standard of playing and, In 2014, will cover the full course fee of the successful player. Applications / nominations should be received not later than the closing dates for the course – 30th May 2014. To find out more visit www.concorda.ie/scholarships.

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