Young musicians from Tipperary will join others from as far away as Donegal and Wexford at the National Concert Hall, in the New Year as the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra take part in the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras.
This annual showcase of the best in Irish youth orchestras, from all around the country, takes place on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
The Festival will see more than 400 young players from around Ireland perform original works and arrangements from the classical repertoire, shows, films and pop music, including pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Bartok, Scott Joplinâ€™s â€˜The Entertainerâ€™, Corelliâ€™s â€˜Christmas Concertoâ€™ and arrangements of Elbow, Cole Porter and more
Under the guidance of artistic director Danny Carroll and musical directors, Mary Rose McNally and Fergal Carroll, the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra has grown into a musical institution within the county, delighting audiences with some very fine performances. In particular the annual Christmas concert held in Peter and Paulâ€™s Church, Clonmel has been supported by many solo artists and choirs, and has been a great success throughout the years.
Since its formation, the orchestra has had some 200 individual members with 65 active at any one time. Tipperary Millennium Orchestra tries to cover many styles of music including classical, traditional, popular and even jazz! The orchestra continues to recruit new talent year-on-year and hopes to continue entertaining audiences well into the future.
There will be two different concerts. The afternoon Performance features: Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestra; St Agnes / Scoil Colm and St Ultanâ€™s Primary School Orchestras; Music Matters Orchestra and County Wexford Youth Orchestra. The evening performance will feature County Donegal Youth Orchestra; East Meets West Orchestra; Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra.
The IAYO was founded in the mid 90s to foster and encourage the development of Youth Orchestras and now represents more than 5,000 young players, playing in 108 orchestras, countrywide. Visit www.iayo.ie for more information.
Tickets for the Festival on Saturday February 8th 2014 are on sale from the National Concert Hall Box Office - 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie. Prices: â‚¬15 (Concessions: â‚¬10); Children under 14: â‚¬7.50; Family Ticket (Family of 4 max. 2 adults): â‚¬40. 40% discount for groups of 10 or more also from the NCH Box Office. The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is Grant-aided by The Arts Council and is supported by Cork City Council and presents the Festival of Youth Orchestras in association with RTÃ‰ lyric FM.