The signs of a new season of music is looming on the horizon for the County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra that opens up great opportunities to keen young musicians in the region.
The orchestra caters for players of woodwind, strings, percussion and brass and there are also opportunities for players of other instruments and some piano students who have taken on the Cello or some percussion instruments to further their musical abilities.
Members of the orchestra come from Schools and Colleges and from private teachers all over County Tipperary and beyond and gain experience in orchestral playing and performance.
One such ex-member is the current beautiful Pride of Tipperary, Aoife Oâ€™Meara who spent some of her teenage years performing on flute with the CTRYO at venues in Ireland and on trips abroad in the U.S.A. and Germany. In fact, the orchestra has been taking part in annual concert tours to Germany, France Denmark Switzerland, Scotland and the U.S.A.
The CTRYO is a member of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, which caters for over 110 youth orchestras in Ireland and holds an annual youth orchestra festival every year in the National Concert Hall Dublin. The CTRYO has performed at the festival on many occasions as well as performing in Churches, Schools, Universities, Theatres, Hotels and Halls during past seasons. During the last season it performed in a Synagogue in Hungary.
Itâ€™s numerical strength varies between a core group of 35 to 58 at itâ€™s most recent Youth Orchestras Festival and has an extensive repertoire of light classical, Neapolitian, Strauss Waltzs, Brahms Hungarian Dances and well known music of the great composers as well as a Traditional Irish Section.
The Orchestra is conducted by violinist Michael John Ryan from The Michael John String Quartet and rehearses once a week in St. Ailbeâ€™s Secondary School, Tipperary. The new season begins in September.
Further information is available from CTRYO Tel: 062-51128 or 087 7612533.