Musica Fusion Community Orchestra Highly Commended at Ovation Awards 2021

On Saturday, 16 October 2021, we hosted our inaugural Youth Orchestra Ovation Awards in the beautiful Banquet Hall of Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin.

Musica Fusion Community Orchestra was awarded a Highly Commended for their tireless work within their community.

Members of Musica Fusion receiving their Commended Ovation Award from Eímear Noone and Clare Daly
Tom and Emer O’Flaherty received their Highly Commended on behalf of Musica Fusion, presented by Eimear Noone and IAYO Chairperson Clare Daly. Photo by Marc O’Sullivan.

Musica Fusion kept their community orchestra going in every imaginable way through the pandemic with Zoom meetings, sectional rehearsals, online projects and learning lots of new music!

They also embarked on a successful fundraising campaign; one of their students took on the task of writing a beautiful letter that was hand-delivered to every single business in Charleville. They also took a chance and sent a letter to Enya!

The successful campaign allowed them to purchase 40 new stands, timpani, a bass clarinet, 1/16 double bass, a bass clarinet, a bass drum and a piccolo. It also helped them to continue to offer scholarships that make lessons and participation in their orchestra more accessible, in particular encouraging children to take up more unusual instruments.

At present, out of 76 children in the orchestra, 22 benefit either directly (with a scholarship) or indirectly (use of the instruments purchased) from the program. But, the whole orchestra benefits from the diversity of instruments and variety of pieces that they can play because of that diversity.

You can read more about the Youth Orchestra Ovation Awards here.