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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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Announcing our new Chairperson, Clare Daly

We are delighted to announce Clare Daly as the new Chairperson of IAYO. Clare has been a member of the IAYO Board of Directors since 2008 and previously acted as IAYO Director for 9 months for a maternity leave cover.

Read Clare’s welcome message here.


Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra

The second edition of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will take place from 16th – 21st July 2018 in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. Applications are open for string instrumentalists.

The orchestra is aimed at advanced instrumental students between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in historically informed performance practice. (Exceptional players outside of the age range will be considered.) Applications are open for young players of stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass/violone, lute, therobo), continuo (harpsichord), and baroque oboe,  with the potential addition of flutes as solo and ensemble instruments.



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.





Irish Youth Wind Ensemble Summer Tour 2018

The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble are bringing their national tour to Galway on Sunday 29 July and to Cork on Monday 30 July. The concerts will feature Bernstein’s suite from Candid, alongside compositions by Philip Sparke, Alfred Reid and Martin Ellerby.

The group is a 60 piece symphonic wind ensemble made up of Ireland’s top young wind, brass and percussion players. They will perform exciting and energetic music for large scale ensembles. This concert marks the culmination of their summer residence course which took place in the University of Limerick. Concerts will take place in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway and Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music in association with CIT Cork School of Music. Tickets are €15 / €10 concession and will be available on the door. For further information, please see here.


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.


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.