Primary school children may only have been back at school a couple of days after the Christmas break but for many of them, a real musical treat was in store. On January 9th the Dublin Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Fergus Sheil, performed two concerts specially for them.
Over 1800 children in all attended the Victory Centre in Firhouse and word is that it was a fantastic morning. Included in the repertoire was an energetic rendition of Marquez’s Danzon no 2., following which the composer Brian Irvine facilitated a highly engaging interactive experience between children and the orchestra. Pupils were enthusiastically singing, harmonising and dancing to South American dance tunes and learning about the orchestra in about as lively a manner as is possible.
The orchestra was joined by members of the Irish National Youth Ballet Company who danced to the Sleeping Beauty Suite by Tchaikovsky.
The venue itself was amazing, featuring fully tiered seating for audiences up to a thousand people and the latest technology providing close up images of players and dancers which were then projected on the walls behind the stage.
Members of the Dublin Youth Concert Orchestra provided workshops downstairs in the Victory Centre allowing participants a very close up and personal experience of all the orchestral instruments and a chance to try out the instruments themselves.
Prior to the morning, teachers were provided with an educational pack to help prepare children for the event and there were accompanying art and music competitions all based around the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ theme.