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

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IAYO Strategic Plan 2018 – 2010

The Director of IAYO presented a strategic plan to the Annual General Meeting of the company in October 2018. This has subsequently been adopted by the board as the official plan of IAYO. A summary of the plan can be found here.

The full plan can be downloaded in pdf format here.


IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops 2018

The IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops are weekend residential courses for junior strings, woodwind and brass. The course changes location every two years in order to bring the experience of chamber music playing and music courses to new players and new areas.

The 2018 National Chamber Music Workshops will take place from Saturday, 27 October – Sunday, 28 October in Newtown School, Waterford. Applications will be open to players from Grade 2 to Grade 5 standard, experience of chamber ensemble playing is not needed but players should be able to read music.

For further information and applications, see iayo.ie.

Applications are closed for 2018.

Irish Youth Brass Band Concerts 2018

The Irish Youth Brass Band, the youth brass band for the entire island of Ireland, will perform iconic and much loved standards for brass band in the two concerts taking place in Kilkenny on 3 November and Dublin on 4 November.

The concerts will be a reflective journey around Ireland and the United Kingdom, with music hailing from places and composers across both islands. The performance will feature the iconic The Gael from ‘Last of the Mohicans’, the Welsh traditional military piece Men of Harlech and the formidable Dark Side of the Moon by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

This is a family-friendly performance not to be missed! Concerts will take place in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny at 3pm on Saturday, 3 November and in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall at 3.30pm on Sunday, 4 November. Tickets are €15 / €10 concession and are available on the door (Kilkenny) and from nch.ie (Dublin).

For further information, see iybb.ie.


European Agenda for Music Launched

More than 100 music sector stakeholders and representatives from the European Parliament and European Commission gathered in Brussels on March 21st to celebrate the launch of the European Agenda for Music. The European Agenda for Music aims to converge the European music sector’s many voices in order to establish an ongoing dialogue between policy makers and music sector stakeholders.

See more here.