The County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra has just returned from a very successful trip to Hungary where they performed in three concerts and for Hungarian TV.
All of the concerts were well attended thanks to arrangements made by Hungarian friends and music colleagues of the orchestra’s Conductor Michael John Ryan who introduced each concert with a greeting in Hungarian to the delight of the audience. Special thanks are due to music teacher, Katalin Nagy and her husband, Treebo Nagy, Principal of the Papa School of Music and Cellist Peter Varay, who also acted as a guide in the city of Gyor. All the orchestra’s needs were well catered for. The hotel accommodation was excellent and the staff was friendly and anything requested was granted without any fuss that included the use of three Cellos and a Steinway Grand Piano that was used in the synagogue. Musically, it was fabulous. The orchestral sound was tops. All the members of the CTRYO are to be commended for the orchestra’s performances that won loud and sustained applause at all the concerts. In addition to The March from Carmen, Farrandole, The Radetzsky March and other classical favourites the orchestra’s concert programme included an Irish section with traditional music and dance that was very well received. As well as Brahms Hungarian Dance no 5, that was by far the most popular piece, the orchestra performed a gentle Hungarian folk song, which brought a wave of song from the audience, especially in the synagogue. During the week the Hungarians gave generously of time and effort and even treated members of the orchestra to a session of Hungarian folk dancing.
As well as performing concerts in the towns of Papa and the synagogue in Gyor, members of the CTRYO were treated to guided tours of the town of Papa, with it’s baroque castle and it’s historic church where members availed of the opportunity to climb the winding stairs of the bell-tower to ring the bell. All were very impressed with the beautiful city of Budapest and its Heroes Square and the viewing points overlooking the Danube, as well as the architectural beauty of the buildings, opera houses and majestic castles, parks and squares in the beautiful city of Gyor in Hungary. The CTRYO also enjoyed the magnificence of Vienna in Austria and its famous Schonbrunnen Palace.
During the trip, four excellent guides imparted the most interesting information historical and otherwise. The entire group visited the place where Mozart is said to be buried as well as his house in Vienna and also visited the home of Composer Franz Liszt in Budapest. It goes without saying that the forty member group which set out from Tipperary on Easter Monday will cherish the memories of all the events and concerts of the orchestra’s Hungarian Concert Tour for a long time to come.
Members of the County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra included: Brid O’Dwyer, Richie O’Carroll, Brid Og Dwyer, Charles Shortt, Martin Dillon, Maeve Mulhall, Heather O’Dwyer, Liam Hennessy, Grainne Cole, Aisling Cole, Aine Dargan, Eva Veskova, Deirbhile Brennan, John O’Connor, Aileen Dooley, Caoimhe Clancy, Hannah O’Sullivan, James Ryan, Jake Flannery, OrlaRyan, Charlotte O’Donoghue, Sinead O’Carroll, Aine O’Carroll, Danny Ryan and Conductor Michael John Ryan.
Supervisors, Associates and Parents were: Jerry O’Dwyer, Eileen Ryan Dillon, Hannah Ryan, Marie Collison, Philomena O’Dwyer, Pearce O’Dwyer, Josephine Cole, Ann Dargan, Nora O’Connor, Linda Dooley, Josephine Ryan, Catherine Flannery, Gerry O’Carroll, Michael Ryan and Mary Ryan.