Limerick School of Music Collaboration Concert

The Limerick School of Music (LSOM) collaborated with Julianstown Youth Orchestra (JYO) and Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra (IMYO), as part of a yearlong collaboration supported by the IAYO Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant. This culminated in a concert on Saturday, 20 April in Limerick city. Below Lorraine O’Dwyer (JYO) discusses the collaboration.

“The orchestras traveled to Limerick in April. The players mixed with new friends from the other orchestras upon arriving.They set off to rehearse at the Redemptorist Church. The energy in the church was elevated as each group rehearsed and in turn listened to each other. Over 130 young musicians took to the stage for the concert. Each orchestra presented their own selected pieces, showcasing their unique styles and strengths. JYO opened the evening with a powerful rendition of Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss. IMYO then took to the stage with their interpretation of Lord of the Dance by Hardiman, which was followed by the larger ensemble of the Limerick School of Music showcasing Irish Rock Medley arranged by John O’Shea. During the grand finale all three orchestras performed together.

They performed Libertango by Piazzolla, Beatles Medley, arranged by Mendelson, and Farandole by Bizet. The amalgamation of the orchestras was a vibrant tapestry of sounds and rhythms, which allowed each orchestra’s distinctive qualities to shine through.

This collaboration has produced an up-welling of creativity, forged new friendships and reinvigorated our passion for music. It is hoped that this will pave the way for more collaborative events.”