IAYO Festival Orchestra 2020

Saturday, 8 February 2020 will see the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras’ 25th Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall. To mark this special occasion, IAYO is once again establishing a Festival Orchestra which will have young musicians from across Ireland and will be conducted by Tom Crowley.

Expressions of Interest for the Festival Orchestra

We are seeking expressions of interest from young musicians who may be suitable for the Festival Orchestra. Players must be of a Grade IV+ standard. Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday, 29 November. We anticipate that, at that stage, some instruments will be oversubscribed so please note that not everyone can get a place.

To submit your expression of interest, please contact the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork on 021 421 5185 or info@iayo.ie with your name, instrument and grade.


The repertoire for the Festival Orchestra will include Aisling by Declan Townsend, Aus der Distanz by Katharina Baker, Can-Can (Galop infernal, Act 3) by Jacques Offenbach and Dreaming in Sign Language by Sam Perkin (commissioned for the 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras in 2015). Dreaming in Sign Language will be choreographed by an experienced youth dance practitioner.

Rehearsals & Performance

  • Saturday, 25 January from 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Dublin;
  • Saturday, 1 February from 11am to 2pm, 3pm – 6pm and 7pm – 8:30pm, Kilkenny College;
  • Sunday, 2 February from 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm, Kilkenny College;
  • Saturday, 8 February (Festival) rehearsal from 11:30am – 1:30pm, Dublin followed by lunch;
  • Saturday, 8 February (Festival) from 3pm – 5pm, attend the 3pm Festival of Youth Orchestras’ performance which includes National Youth Orchestra of Ireland performance;
  • Saturday, 8 February (Festival) 5pm-8pm, on-stage rehearsal and meal.
  • Saturday, 8 February (Festival) from 8pm – 10:30pm, Festival Orchestra performance at the National Concert Hall.

Participation fee of €50 covers meals and accommodation for the residential stay in Kilkenny College, and meals on the performance day.

Tom Crowley, a native of Cork, is a highly experienced musician, teacher and award-winning conductor. Tom has conducted internationally, with ensembles such as the Royal Camerata Orchestra of Romania, and nationally, with ensembles including Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra and the Army Band of the 1st Brigade. Tom has worked prolifically as an orchestral violinist and has led many orchestras including the Cork Pops Orchestra and Focsani Philharmonic.

For further information, please contact IAYO at 021 421 5185 or info@iayo.ie.