Coole Music Youth Orchestra returns to National Concert Hall
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Coole Music Youth Orchestra returns to National Concert Hall

A Youth Orchestra from Galway will be performing at the Annual Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall this February! Find out more here...

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) is delighted to return to the National Concert Hall on Saturday, February 10th, for their Annual Festival of Youth Orchestras and one of the orchestras selected to appear this year is Galway’s Coole Music Youth Orchestra. This celebration of Irish Youth Orchestras, and their talented members, features a great variety of music played by young people, for young people. There are two concerts, one at 1.00pm and one at 7.30pm, featuring classics such as Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Shostakovich’s Waltz No 2, a John Williams’ Trilogy and the Irish Premiere of Coole Music Youth Orchestra’s Katharina Baker’s Celtic Creature Suite, featuring Selkies and the Púca!

Katharina says; "we are so excited to be playing at the IAYO Festival again at the National Concert Hall. Due to the Covid interruption, it has been full 9 years since we performed there with our Youth Orchestra, which means a whole generation of young players has missed this opportunity. It's great to finally be back and it makes it even more special for everyone now. We are presenting a very mixed program - from the famous Jig (St Paul's Suite) by Holst to a John Williams Trilogy and in between the Irish Première of my 'Celtic Creatures Suite' featuring Selkies, Glas Gaibhnenn and the Pùca.

Another of this year’s performers, The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, are very excited to perform excerpts from their new suite of music, The Impossible Dream, composed by Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra at this year’s IAYO festival. This music celebrates the achievements of Portlaoise Aviator James Fitzmaurice, who was part of the very first successful transatlantic flight from East to West, from Baldonnel to Canada, in 1928.

St Agnes’ CCMA Chamber Music Orchestra is collaborating with Carlow Youth Orchestra, Kiltra School of Music and St Peter’s NS Orchestra to perform. This collaboration will give the players musical experiences which they could not otherwise experience, playing full-scored music for string orchestras. At the IAYO Festival, they will perform the commissioned work, Three Irish Counties by Ailbhe Kehoe. The piece incorporates traditional Irish tunes from the counties in which they are based: Dublin, Wexford and Carlow

"We are delighted that the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras’ Festival of Youth Orchestras will be at the National Concert Hall in February with nearly 500 young musicians from across Ireland returning to perform on their national stage" says Allin Gray, CEO of the IAYO, "we will once again hold two performances – 2.30pm and 7pm – with eight orchestras coming to Dublin from Cork, Waterford, Carlow, Galway, Dublin City, Limerick, Wexford and Laois, showcasing the incredible talent that Ireland's youth orchestras have to offer. We are excited for all the young performers, many of whom will not have had the opportunity to perform on such a prestigious stage as the National Concert Hall and we’re looking forward to creating the best possible experience for them on the day."

Programme of Events
Kylemore Music Centre Orchestra
SETU Budding Bows
Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra
Coole Music Youth Orchestra

Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra
Carlow Youth Orchestra, Kiltra School of Music Youth Orchestra, St Agnes’ CCMA Chamber Orchestra & St Peter’s NS Orchestra
Ceol na Mara Orchestra
MTU Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra

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The Festival of Youth Orchestras is funded by The Arts Council and supported by RTE Supporting the Arts. Find out more by following their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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