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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

Agility Award applications are now open. The closing date for applications is 17:30 on Thursday, 25 April 2024. The Arts Council are hosting online information sessions regarding the Agility Award in April. The Arts Council have also announced details of Creative Schools.

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Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra “Introduction to Historically Informed Performance”

From 6-7 July 2024, there will be an online course for musicians with an interest in historically informed performance. Places are available to musicians of any instrument with an interest in historically informed performance.

Application deadline is Friday, 07 June 2024.

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IAYO Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant

In 2024, IAYO is once again running our Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant scheme to stimulate collaboration among youth orchestras in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. (International collaborators can take part too).

Closing date for applications is Friday, 03 May 2024. We have put together a webpage of the contact details of members who want to make contact or be contacted for collaborations with other orchestras.

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ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings 2024

ConCorda Chamber Music Course for Strings 2024 is now open for applications, ConCorda will take place from 28th July – 5th August 2024, Newtown School, Waterford. ConCorda is open to string players aged 14 – 24 of grade 5 or equivalent playing standard and above.

Apply by Friday, 17 May 2024.

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Esker Festival Orchestra Choir

Esker Festival Orchestra are delighted to include a choir once again in 2024 for performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets.

The Esker Festival Orchestra is open to all enthusiastic choral singers, of all ages from all over Ireland. The only requirement is that you can read music to a reasonable level and have some experience singing in choirs.

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Safe to Create Active Bystander Training

Safe to Create are holding in-person active bystander training sessions in locations around the country in April.

This half-day course equips arts/creative workers with the knowledge, tools and motivation to intervene safely and stop inappropriate behaviour in the workplace before it rises to the level of unlawful harassment. Free but booking essential.

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IAYO Orchestral Conducting Workshops

IAYO’s annual Orchestral Conducting Workshops will place in MTU Cork School of Music from Monday, 01 July – Friday, 05 July 2024. Places are available to both participants and observers.

Apply now via the online application form.

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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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