Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant 2023 Recipients

We are delighted to announce the 2023 Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant recipients; Limerick School of Music Senior Orchestra (LSOM), Rockwell Music Academy, Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings and St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music and the Arts (CCMA) Chamber Orchestra.

The Limerick School of Music will collaborate with Julianstown Youth Orchestra (JYO) and Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra (IMYO). This will see a year long collaboration, both musically and socially, between the players in LSOM, JYO and IMYO and their artistic staff and directors. This will include rehearsals, social activities and a performance next summer where all orchestras will play together. Read more about Limerick School of Music’s collaboration here.

St Agnes’ CCMA Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with Carlow Youth Orchestra, Kiltra School of Music and St Peter’s School Project Orchestra to perform at the 28th Festival of Youth Orchestras. This collaboration will give the youth orchestra members musical experiences which they could not otherwise have; playing full-scored music for string orchestras; playing in an ensemble of 100 members made up of all four orchestras and playing a concert in other towns. Read more about St Agnes’ collaboration here.

Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out With Strings is participating in a new collaborative project with Music Generation Kerry and Music Generation Louth. Entitled Corda Connections, the project will bring the ICO’s Youth Orchestra together with string ensembles in Kerry and Louth to create the Corda Connected Youth Orchestra. Read more about Sing Out With Strings’ collaboration here.

Rockwell Orchestra, in association with Rockwell Music Academy, will host a half-day workshop entitled ‘Playing for the Fun of It’ running from 2pm to 5pm in November 2023 at Rockwell College Concert Hall partnering with Banna Chluain Meala and SETU Music School Orchestral Groups, both groups are affiliated with the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. Read more about Rockwell’s collaboration here.

The Youth Orchestra Collaboration Grant scheme seeks to stimulate collaboration among youth orchestras in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. International collaborators can take part too, read more about the Grant here.

This scheme is in response to members asking for more regional festivals and collective performance opportunities beyond the annual IAYO Festival at the National Concert Hall. We feel that the creation of such opportunities is more feasible if led locally and supported by IAYO rather than run centrally by IAYO. The inaugural 2022 scheme was a great success with Musica Fusion Community Orchestra and Athenry Music School being the recipients.