Announcement from National Youth Orchestra of Ireland

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland have today made an announcement in relation to their Summer 2020 residential course and concerts:

“With great regret and having considered carefully the latest advice from the HSE and the Irish Government regarding Covid-19, the Board of Directors of The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland has decided to cancel the 2020 Summer residential course and concerts. With 2020 being our 50th anniversary year, we also had exciting plans for an alumni reunion course and concert, which have also been cancelled.

At this stage we are not postponing to another specific date, as we cannot predict when we will be allowed to gather together again. However, we will organise a residential course when it is advised as being safe to do so and during a period that does not coincide with other academic commitments.

Our current musicians will all be invited back for the next course, regardless of age and without audition. In a time of great uncertainty, it is important that our young musicians receive reassurance that they will not miss a performance opportunity they deserve to have.

It is with a heavy heart that we make this decision. We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to deliver our summer course. However, we must react in a responsible manner when considering the health and safety of all.

We send warm wishes to all our musicians, tutors, staff and their families and look forward to happy and healthy times together in the future.”

We are very sorry to hear about the cancellation of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland’s 2020 Summer course. Unfortunately, we are seeing lost of arts events and festivals across the country being cancelled.