IAYO National Chamber Music Workshops 2017

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras invites applications for the 20th 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 cham

ber ensemble playing is not needed but players should be able to read music.

The workshop will take place in Sligo on the weekend of 14 and 15 October 2017. Both residential and non-residential places are available. Meals will be provided for all players.

You can Apply Online or download a paper application form and post it in.

Sample Timetable

10:00 Registration
Resident participants leave luggage for delivery to their Hostel.
10:30 Tutti Session
11:15 -12:00 Chamber Music Session 1
12:00 -12:15 Break
12:15 -13:10 Chamber Music Session 2
13:15 Lunch followed by freetime (get your Open Mic acts prepared!)
14:30 Chamber Music Session 3
15:45 Break
16:00 Swap your tutors Session :)
17:00 Dinner
18:00 – 19:00 Tutti Session
19:15 – 20:30 Open Mic at School
20:30 Non Residents leave, all to accommodation for tea and toast and bed!
22:00 Lights out (exact time to be decided in the each hostel)
08:00 Residents wake and pack. Stack luggage for transfer to College
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Everyone arrive and prepare for day.
09:15 Tutti Session
10:00 Chamber Music Session 4
11:15 Break
11:30 Chamber Music Session 5 (Final)
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Last Tutti Session and Concert Walkthrough
15:00 Tidy up Tuition rooms – replace chairs if necessary etc.
15:15 Players have short break and take places for concert.
15:30 Final Concert.
16:30 Concert ends.
END. Safe journey home

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we start from scratch?

The National Chamber Music Workshop is an ideal introduction to cham

ber playing for many young musicians and equally an excellent course for experienced players who are interested in developing further.  In addition to learning in a small chamber group with other musicians of your standard you will also play in a larger string ensemble or wind band.

Who tutors the groups?

An experienced group of professional musicians tutor on the course.  All are experienced in teaching young musicians and facilitating workshops.

Where do we go when we arrive?

Once you arrive at the course venue you should find the registration desk. You will then be given any additional information about the course. From there you will meet your tutor, get your music and begin your workshop.

Where will we stay?

Accommodation for residential players is in a local hostel and will include room shares. For non-residential players IAYO can provide a list of accommodation in the area, which you can book. A full course outline will be sent out once workshop places have been allocated.

What kind of music will we play?

IAYO provides an extensive music library for the National Chamber Music Workshop. There is a very wide variety of music of all levels covered throughout the weekend from classical to popular. There is something for everyone! If there is something you would like to work on please feel free to bring it and discuss it with your tutor.

Are there opportunities to perform?

Informal concerts will take place during the weekend where groups can share what they have learned during the day. The course closes with a concert which will feature all ensembles and may be attended by parents.

Sound good?

Don’t delay in applying for the National Chamber Music Workshop.

It promises to be a great weekend.

You can Apply Online or download a paper application form and post it in.