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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 and Schedule

The Arts Council have announced details of the Young Ensembles Scheme. The Arts Council have also shared a schedule of funding opportunities for 2024.

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Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra Dance Course 2024

Join with other dancers and the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra for performances of Handel’s Water Music with concerts in Waterford City Hall and Dublin Castle! 

The dance course is aimed at dancers, aged 16 – 24 from any dance background who have an interest in learning more about Baroque dance. 

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IAYO 28th Festival of Youth Orchestras | Programme Available

The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestra is the annual celebration of Ireland’s talented young musicians. The 28th Festival of Youth Orchestras took place in the National Concert Hall on Saturday, 10 February 2024. You can download the Festival programme now via Dropbox, click here to access it.

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Esker Festival Orchestra 2024 | Applications Open

The 2024 edition of the Esker Festival Orchestra will take place between August 12th-18th. This year Esker Festival Orchestra are accepting new applications for all positions in the orchestra

The deadline for player applications is Monday, 1 April 2024.

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Apply for the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras 2025

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

Applications are now open for the 29th Festival of Youth Orchestras. The closing date for applications is Friday, 5 April 2024.

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Irish Youth Wind Ensemble 2024

The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble Summer Residential Course 2024 will take place in University of Limerick from Sunday, 28 July to Saturday, 3 August 2024. Applications are now open to woodwind, brass and percussion musicians aged between 16 and 25 during the course and have a minimum of Grade 6 standard (or equivalent).

The closing date for applications is Friday, 23 February 2024.

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Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra 2024

We are delighted to announce the details of the Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra for 2024. IYBO 2024 will take place from 15 – 20 July 2024.

Application deadline for the IYBO Performance Course & exchange is Friday, 23 February 2024.

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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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