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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

Applications are now open for the Young People, Children, and Education Bursary Award 2024. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, 20 June 2024.

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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 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 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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Music Capital Scheme 2024

Applications for the Music Capital Scheme 2024 are now open. The Music Capital Scheme provides funding for the purchase of musical instruments to individual professional musicians and non-professional groups across the country. The deadline for applications is 2pm on Tuesday, 25 June 2024.

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Irish Youth Wind Ensemble Summer Concerts

The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble will be performing on Saturday, 3 August 2024 at SETU Arena, Waterford, with special guests Music Generation Waterford Wind Band and conductor Danny Pullman. Tickets are available via garterlane.ie. Presented in association with the Symphony Club of Waterford.

IYWE will also perform in the Bohemian Centre, Ardee on Friday, 2 August at 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door.

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IAYO Orchestral Conducting Workshops 2024

IAYO’s annual Orchestral Conducting Workshops will place in MTU Cork School of Music from Monday, 01 July – Friday, 05 July 2024. Places available for 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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