IAYO has been a long-time advocate of the benefits of chamber music and has run a chamber music weekend course for fourteen years in addition to more recent support for the ConCorda Chamber Music Course. We have recently had the pleasure of having some of the students from the first course in Donegal return to tutor on our recent courses in Kilkenny and Laois. We support chamber music playing because:
- Chamber music increases players’ standard and ability to play their instrument in ensembles.
- It increases their independence and commitment to their playing.
- It helps their teamwork and social skills both in music and in general.
- They have lots of fun and make new friends.
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.
Chamber Music Workshops 2016
The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras invites applications for the 19th National Chamber Music Workshop from string, wind and brass players wishing to learn chamber music. 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.
The workshop will take place in Sligo on the weekend of 22 and 23 October 2016. Both residential and non-residential places are available. Meals will be provided for all players.