Festival of Youth Orchestras

22nd Festival of Youth Orchestras

We are delighted to announce the orchestras for the 22nd Festival to be held on Saturday 11th February 2017 at the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

3pm Performance
Saint Ultan’s Senior Strings
Newpark Junior Strings
DIT Sinfonietta
Limerick School of Music Orchestra

8pm Performance
Kerry School of Musci Orchestra
Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra
Athenry Youth Orchestra
County Wexford Youth Orchestra

Full Price Tickets: €15,  Concessions (Students, OAPs, Unwaged etc.): €10
Children (1 4 and under) €7.50, Family Ticket: €40
40% discount for groups of 10 or more
Tickets are on 01 417 0000 or online at www.nch.ie.


Applications for 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras in 2018

Applications are now open for the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras, to be held on Saturday 10th February 2018 at the National Concert Hall.

  • Read the selection criteria for the Festival of Youth Orchestras.
  • Read the Participation Agreement for the Festival of Youth Orchestras.
  • Application forms for the 23rd Festival can be downloaded as Word or .pdf.
  • The closing date for applications is Friday 10th March 2017.


The Festival of Youth Orchestras was one of the first activities to be undertaken by IAYO on its formation in 1994. To date, over 8,000 young musicians have performed at the Festival in Alexandra College Orchestra, Athenry Youth Orchestra Carlow Youth Orchestra, City Music College Orchestra, Cork, City of Belfast Training Orchestra, Clare Music Makers Senior Orchestra, Clare Youth Orchestra, Clongowes Wood College Orchestra, ConCorda, Coole Music Youth Orchestra, Cork City Music College Orchestra, Cork School of Music Sinfonietta, Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Cork Youth Orchestra, County Cork VEC Junior Youth Orchestra, County Cork VEC Youth Orchestra, County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra, County Wexford Youth Orchestra, Cross Border Orchestra, DIT Wind Ensemble, Donegal Junior Orchestra, Donegal Youth Orchestra, Dublin Youth Orchestras Concert Orchestra, Dublin Youth Orchestras Intermediate Orchestra, Dublin Youth Orchestras Junior Strings, Dublin Youth Orchestras Transitionals, Dunlavin Youth Orchestra, Dublin Youth Orchestras Symphony Orchestra, Dundalk Grammar School Orchestra, Fingal County Youth Orchestra, Galway Youth Orchestra, Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra, Greystones Youth Orchestra, IAYO Festival Orchestra, Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra, Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, Junior Cork Youth Orchestra, Kerry School of Music Youth Orchestra, Kilkenny School of Music Junior Strings, Kilkenny Youth Orchestra, Kylemore College Orchestra, Laois School of Music Orchestra, Liffey Valley Orchestra, Limerick Municipal School of Music Orchestra, Lír Orchestra, Loreto Secondary School orchestra, Kilkenny, Louth County Youth Orchestra, Mannix College Youth Orchestra, Maynooth University Orchestra, Mayo Youth Orchestra, McEgan College Orchestra, Macroom, Music Matters Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Under 18s, National Youth String Training Orchestra, Newpark Junior Strings, Newpark School of Music Orchestra, North Wexford Youth Orchestra, NYOI Camerata, Royal irish Academny of Music Sinfonietta, Royal Irish Academy of Music Intermediate Orchestra, Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble, Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Heart School Orchestra, Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, Sligo Academy of Music Junior Orchestra, South East Regional Youth Orchestra, South East Ulster Intermediate Orchestra, South East Ulster Youth Orchestra, St Agnes’ Primary School Orchestra, St Canice’s National School Orchestra, St Joseph’s College, Lucan, St Malachy’s College, St Peter’s College Orchestra, St Vincent’s School Orchestra, The High School Orchestra, The Quay Qunitet, Tipperary Millennium Orchestra, University College Cork Orchestra, Wesley College Orchestra, West Dublin Youth Orchestra, Western Education and Library Board Youth Orchestra, Wexford School of Music Orchestra, WIT Junior Strings, WIT Youth Orchestra, Young Dublin Symphonia, Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, Young European Strings Intermediate Orchestra, Young Orchestral Pops.



18th Festival of Youth Orchestras by Jonathan Pearson: As is the case every year, the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras took over the National Concert Hall to showcase the talent in youth orchestral music in Ireland. The IAYO Festival, now in its 18th year, saw performances by WIT Budding Bows Chamber Orchestra, Mayo Youth Orchestra, Julianstown Youth Orchestra, and Roscommon County Youth Orchestra in the afternoon with evening performances by a collaborative ensemble consisting of members of Carlow Youth Orchestra, Laois School of Music Senior Ensemble and Lír Orchestra, the County Cork School of Music VEC Youth Orchestra, another collaboration, this time international, by Young Dublin Symphonia, Vestfold Ungdomsstrykeorkester from Norway and Midtjyllands Unge Strygere from Denmark, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra closed the evening. read more… 



Musical Nostalgia at the Festival of Youth Orchestras by Aisling Ryan: I spent a chilly afternoon on Saturday last in the warm surrounds of the Concert Hall, at the 16th festival of youth orchestras. The event is presented by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, and I was delighted to be invited to the first half of the day in my capacity as Music Capital Scheme Manager for Music Network . . read more . .