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The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the all-Ireland resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland.

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The Arts Council Funding Opportunities

The Young People, Children and Education Project Award and the Music Project Award are now open for applications. Closing date for both is 5.30pm on Thursday, 25 July 2024. You can view The Arts Council’s funding schedule here.

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Tickets on Sale for Esker Festival Orchestra Concerts

Esker Festival Orchestra will perform in Galway Cathedral on Saturday, 17 August 2024 at 8pm. Esker Festival Orchestra will also perform in The National Concert Hall, Dublin on Sunday, 18 August 2024 at 3pm. This year’s performances will feature Gustav Holst’s incredible suite The Planets.

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Tickets on Sale for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra Concerts

We are delighted to announce tickets are now on sale for the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra concert at Waterford City Hall on Friday, 19 July 2024 in association with the Symphony Club of Waterford. Tickets are available via garterlane.ie.

IYBO will also be performing in Dublin Castle on Saturday, 20 July 2024 as part of Dublin HandelFest. Tickets are available online.

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IAYO Seeks Board Members

The IAYO board are seeking nominations from members for election to the board at the AGM, to be held on Sunday, 6 October. In particular, we would welcome nominations representing lesser-heard voices in the youth orchestra community and also would be particularly welcoming of those with strong skills in governance or fundraising.

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Building Orchestral Pathways in the Midlands Survey

Music Generation in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath & Longford are collaborating on a project called Building Orchestral Pathways, which aims to map current youth orchestra participation in the Midlands. They want to hear from children and young people (up to age 25) who are currently involved in any kind of youth orchestra and/or large ensemble in the Midlands.

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Irish Youth Wind Ensemble Summer Concerts

The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble will perform in the Bohemian Centre, Ardee on Friday, 2 August at 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door. IYWE will also be performing on Saturday, 3 August 2024 at 7.30pm at SETU Arena, Waterford. Tickets are available via garterlane.ie. Presented in association with the Symphony Club of Waterford.

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IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras 2025 Participants

We are delighted that the 2025 Festival of Youth Orchestras will take place on Saturday, 8 February 2025 in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. We are also thrilled to announce the participating orchestras.

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Be a Friend of IAYO!

Celebrate Ireland’s youth orchestras and help to give young musicians from all over Ireland the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival of Youth Orchestras, IAYO launched a Friends scheme – an opportunity for everyone who is passionate about Ireland’s youth orchestras and the Festival to support us and the amazing work of our members.

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