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Players from the orchestras of the afternoon performance at the Coole Music Orchestra Festival combine to play in the premiere of Under Cover, specially written for the group by Katharina Baker.

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Festivals were the name of the game this spring with the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall in February and the Coole Music Orchestra Festival in Gort, Galway on the first Sunday in March.

The IAYO Festival, now in its 17th year saw performances by Sacred Heart School, Tullamore, North Wexford Youth Orchestra, Dundalk Grammar School Orchestra and the Athenry Youth Orchestra in the afternoon with evening performances by St Canice’s National School Orchestra, Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra with the finale provided by the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra. It was the first time in the festival’s history that a junior orchestra has finished the evening performance and the soldout auditorium was presented with performances that repeatedly brought the audience to their feet. It is great to see returning orchestras that raise their standard each time they come to the Festival and the new orchestras that come each year. This year also had a difference with the participation of a jazz ensemble for the first time - the Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra - who brought instrumental and vocal music from the big band and jazz repertoires. There are two reviews from young players inside this issue of Newsnotes and more online at the IAYO website. The applications are coming for next year’s Festival and we already look to have a great line-up.

The Coole Music Orchestra Festival (previously Junior Orchestra Festival) grew again this year with no less than eleven ensembles playing between two performances at the Community Centre in Gort. The name of the venue belies its suitability for such a festival as the entire hall had been dressed to both look well and to produce a very good acoustic for the young players taking part. With the junior and senior orchestras from both Coole and Athenry were the Sligo Academy Junior Orchestra,

Letterkenny Children’s Orchestra, Kilkenny Junior Strings, the ‘Sing out with Strings’ ensemble from St Mary’s Boys School in Bishop Street in Limerick (part of the Irish Chamber Orchestra Programme), Young European Strings Intermediate Orchestra, Music Matters Orchestra (also from Athenry) and last but not least the Stockholms Ungdomssinfonietta (international guests of Coole Music). The success and growth of this festival is testimony to the growth in youth music and youth orchestras in the west over the last number of years. Today’s junior orchestras are bigger and more balanced than many of the senior orchestras that were around ten years ago and the interest in playing in orchestras seems to keep growing. As always with the Coole Music Festival, there were collaborative performances by all of the orchestras taking part in each of the concerts. Both of the combined pieces were written specially for the occasion by Katharina Baker at Coole Music. The juniors played Under Cover complete with shades for all while the senior orchestras joined up in a Finale called Friendship. For this IAYO Director, the opportunity to sit and listen to so many orchestras is a great bonus in knowing what is going on around the country. I hear from many conductors, parents and organisers that youth music is going well and festivals are the opportunity to see and hear the truth of this. There is lots going on and the standards of orchestras are improving all the time. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year brings from the National Concert Hall, from Gort and from around Ireland. [ Both the IAYO Festival and the Coole Festival are funded by The Arts Council and supported by RTÉ lyric fm. Our thanks to both. ]

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Welcome to the spring edition of Newsnotes. We are moving rapidly towards the summer term with many concerts from youth orchestras around the country and the arrival of summer courses once school finishes. Please do keep us up to date on all your activities and send us in photos and news. Also, please do spread the news on all the summer courses mentioned throughout this Newsnotes. Details are available online at the IAYO web site by typing into the address bar. It is tough times for all the courses this year so please do help them to continue to be successful. We would like to take this opportunity to thank The Arts Council for their ongoing support. Again this year, IAYO has been supported while we search for a new sponsor for the Festival and all our main activities can continue without a break. We are very appreciative of this support.

As mentioned by email and in other places in this newsletter, we are presently engaging in a survey about the Festival of Youth Orchestras. We want to hear from anybody who has attended the Festival and has an opinion to give. The survey can be accessed at

Finally, we carry some news on developments with Music Generation over the page. There are now six music education partnerships receiving funding through the scheme and round three of applications is expected to be announced in the autumn. This scheme presently represents the best opportunity to increase access to instrumental tuition and ensemble playing for young people around Ireland so please do get involved in the discussion and planning for new partnerships. The benefits for youth orchestras and young musicians in the future will, we hope, be very great.

The next issue of Newsnotes will be out in late May. Until then, keep up to date by subscribing to our emails (if you haven’t already) and checking in regularly at the IAYO web site at

Bon Voyage!

Our thanks and best wishes go to Zoe Keers who leaves the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland during March to take up a great opportunity working with the team that organises the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Welcome to our new members, the Naas Youth Orchestra and Cathy Desmond String School.

Naas Youth Orchestra are organising a Young Musicians Festival that will take place in Naas on Saturday 12th May 2012. A visiting youth orchestra from Sweden is already confirmed to perform. Musicians, youth orchestras and bands are invited to make direct contact with the organisers if they are interested in getting involved. For details contact Anton Romaniuk on 086 163 7231. Cathy Desmond is no stranger to IAYO and has been a member for some years now through St Peter’s College in Meath and Coláiste Mhuire and Rice College in Ennis. Her string school is an inclusive violin project working in four schools around Ennis and has thus far given tuition and ensemble opportunities to over 250 children. You can keep up with Cathy’s exploits at

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A Clean Sweep for St Canice's NS Orchestras!

It was a hat-trick of victories for St Canice’s National School Orchestras who swept the boards at the recent Wesley College Interschools Music Festival, held in Dublin on Saturday 3 March. This is one of the largest interschools music festivals held in the country, with hundreds of students from primary and post primary schools competing in a wide range of disciplines, from individual and choral singing to individual instrumental and orchestral. Three orchestras from St Canice’s participated in the Primary Schools Orchestra competition, and ended up securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Congratulations to all.

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IAYO 17th Festival of Youth Orchestras

Why do youth orchestras come back to the Festival every year? What do the young people get out of it? One certain thing is that the Festival is almost always new to all the young players. For many of the participants it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For others it is a first performance of many at the National Concert Hall. Below, some of the players from this year’s Festival describe their days and give a sense of what it is like to take part for the first time. On Saturday 4th of February our orchestra, Athenry Youth Orchestra, played at the National Concert Hall in the 17th annual IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras. It was a very enjoyable day and we all gained great experience playing in the NCH.

We left Athenry at 9 o'clock and on the bus journey up one of the teachers in the music school, Una Ni Fhlaineagain, made videos of us all telling her how we were feeling about the day ahead, saying that when we were all old and grey, we'd want to remember the day we were young, wrinkle free and playing the NCH! When we arrived we were brought to our greenroom (fancy!) and told to unpack our instruments and be tuned. We then had a rehearsal and even though we had been there last year when we stepped out on stage I think we had all forgotten how big it was and I'd say there were quite a few stomachs with butterflies in them! Our rehearsal went well and we all felt better after it. It was also the orchestra's first time to hear the tubular bells played with us. We were then given lunch and taken to the choir gallery to watch the first half of the concert. We were playing in the daytime concert along with Sacred Heart Tullamore, North Wexford Youth Orchestra and Dundalk Grammar School who were all very good. We preformed last and Praeludium and Allegro with soloist Yuki Nishioka brought the house down!

We then went for dinner and came back for the evening concert which featured St Canice's NS Orchestra, Galway Youth Jazz Orchestra, Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra and the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra. This was an excellent concert and we all really enjoyed it.

The day in Dublin was great, and was a very big deal for our orchestra who are a relatively new orchestra and have come so far in short a time. The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras is a great

idea and gives many orchestras the chance to perform in the National Concert Hall. It does great work showcasing youth orchestras from all over Ireland and really opened my eyes about the amount of youth orchestra in Ireland. I thought up to then that we were a rare breed! Our conductor, Katherine Mannion, had tears in her eyes and we could tell she was overflowing with pride (relief that we didn't mess up too probably!). The day was so enjoyable and one I won't be forgetting too soon! Everything about it was well organised, efficient and lots of fun! The staff in the National Concert Hall were so friendly and really made the day go so smoothly. A big thanks to them, the IAYO, Katherine and everyone who helped make the day we played in the NCH so memorable! NCH ROCKS!!! Mary Kelly, Athenry Youth Orchestra.

On Saturday February 4th the Sacred Heart School Orchestra set off on an exciting journey to the National Concert Hall, an experience we would never forget. Excitement mounted as buses were loaded and uniforms packed. On arrival we were guided to the ‘Carolan Suite’ by the friendly IAYO staff where we prepared for our morning rehearsal.

Before we knew it, we were lining up backstage waiting for the concert to begin. We were the first of four orchestras to perform and now nerves were beginning to set in. After being welcomed on stage by warm applause from the audience we began our repertoire with ‘The Waltz’ from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky. This was followed with a traditional arrangement of an ‘Irish tune from County Derry’ and the ‘Dance of the Tumblers’ from the Snow Maiden by Rimsky Korsakov. Providing contrast we performed ‘Autumn’ and ‘Winter’ from The Seasons by Vivaldi. As we reached the final fortissimo chord of our last piece The Dambuster's March by Eric Coates the audience rose to their feet to applaud a very fine performance from the Sacred Heart School. Orchestra, Tullamore.

We know we are very privileged to have been part of such a wonderful experience which will ‘raise the bar’ and encourage us to play even more challenging repertoire in the future. Ruth Henry and Serena Dempsey from Sacred Heart School in Tullamore

IAYO Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Young European Strings and the St Agnes / Scoil Colm Orchestra on their acknowledgement in the 2011 Achievement Awards, presented by IAYO Chairperson, Bríd Cannon, during the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall in February.

The strings project and orchestra at St Agnes has gone from strength to strength since its beginnings five years ago. As well as the Violin Project and orchestra running for pupils of St Agnes, the musical activities have spread to Scoil Colm Boys School and have also been extended to parents of pupils from both schools. The project for which they received the Development of the Orchestra Award was called ‘Together is Better’. This was an intergenerational summer

Viola sectional for young and old at St Agnes Summer Camp

camp with chamber music and orchestra. Children taking part were primary school students at St Agnes and Scoil Colm, secondary students who were past pupils of St Agnes. They were joined by adult members of the St Agnes Parents’ String Orchestra, which was formed in February of 2010. In total, there were 32 young people and 36 adults taking part in the camp which had concerts at Christchurch Cathedral and in St Agnes School.

Young European Stings won the Special Achievement Award for 2011 for the ‘extremely high standard of technical and musical accomplishment’ of their CD, Third Edition. The CD contains works by Mozart, Grieg, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and the first recording of the Five Piece Suite by Raymond Deane. You can listen to extracts from the CD on the IAYO website and also listen to and see the YES orchestras on Youtube.

A special thanks to our judges, John Fitzpatrick, former Director of the County Cork School of Music and Director at Cork International Choral Festival and Nicki ffrench Davis, Arts Administrator, freelance journalist and amateur orchestral double bass player.

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Agnes O'Kane Award

Joanna Crooks received the Agnes O'Kane award at the recent Festival of Youth Orchestras in acknowledgement of her many years of voluntary work on behalf of young musicians in Ireland. Joanna has played an instrumental part in so many organisations over the years including Dublin Youth Orchestras, IAYO (of which she was the original Festival Manager), the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, The European Federation of National Youth Orchestras, Jeunesses Musicales Ireland and, latterly, the St Agnes Violin Project and Orchestra.

The story of Joanna's involvement with youth orchestras started in the early 1980's when Joanna and Agnes used to meet whilst waiting for their respective children to finish lessons at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. They wanted their children to have the opportunity to experience ensemble playing and they evolved a vision and hatched plans that emerged as Dublin Youth Orchestras which they started in 1982. As part of Dublin Youth Orchestras Joanna was involved in beginning the Aravon Chamber Music Courses and organised and managed many tours for the ever-expanding DYO, which eventually reached the four orchestras that it has today.

In 1995, Joanna started the Irish branch of Jeunesses Musicals and provided many activities, courses and concerts for young people. While involved with Jeunesses, she also became General Manager of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1996 and undertook to write a manual for those travelling with youth orchestras. This latter was published by Jeunesses Musicales and IAYO in 1997 under the title Going Places with a Youth Orchestra. (Going Places is still available from the IAYO web site). Joanna undertook many ambitious projects with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland during her ten-year tenure of which the crowning glory was concert performances of the full Ring cycle. She introduced the audition workshops around the country for players who had not been in the orchestra before and the 'Touch Bass' workshops that saw many players get started on instruments for which players were in short supply. On stepping down from her position with NYOI, Joanna joined forces with Sr Bernadette Sweeney at St Agnes Primary School in Crumlin and started a scheme that allows all 400 pupils of the school to learn violin. Young players can join the orchestra simply by asking and choose to learn viola, cello or bass. The orchestra and programme has expanded to include boys from Scoil Colm in Crumlin as well as ex-pupils of St Agnes and the latest project, a parent’s orchestra.

Joanna's aim has always been to provide and improve the experience for and of players and to pursue the highest level of excellence while doing so. Philip O'Kane expressed the sentiment perfectly when presenting the award, 'Thank you for the music!'.

Festival of Youth Orchestras


Thank you to those who have already filled out the survey on the IAYO Festival. If you haven’t done so yet, then we would ask you to please do so at the earliest opportunity. The survey is for anyone who has ever had anything to do with the Festival so please pass the link on to anyone you know that might have an opinion to express. The survey can be found online at

Round 3 Music Generation Funding

The call for applications for Round 3 Music Generation funding is expected to be announced during autumn 2012. The deadline for Round 3 applications will be 5.00 p.m. Thursday, November 8th, 2012. Further details about Round 3 will be issued in April. Music Education Partnerships intending to apply for Round 3 are advised to allow sufficient lead-in and planning time over the coming months. Updates from Around the Country

Music Generation Louth, in association with Louth County Childcare Committee, recently launched its pre-school programme Music Matters. The aim of the programme is to support the development of music within the county's preschools in the early years when solid musical foundations can be most effectively laid. Music Matters tuition will commence in April. Over 40 musicians have been appointed to a panel of tutors for Music Generation Louth. Induction training will take place shortly, with tuition expected to commence from April. A ‘Try-an-Instrument’ workshop programme will kick-start an exciting taster term where children and young people will have the opportunity to explore a range of musical activity and choose what they would like to learn from September. Zoe Conway will also lead some workshops in traditional Irish music and a new junior orchestra gets underway! Visit for further information. Music Generation Mayo has recently appointed a panel of over 40 musicians practicing in a range of genres to its tutor panel. Induction training is currently being rolled out. Tuition is expected to commence in the coming weeks, initially with an access programme for primary schools. Planning is also well underway for other aspects of Mayo's programme including the establishment of an extensive music library and instrument bank, a youth bands initiative, short-term residencies / workshops, and the piloting of a number of tuition centres around the county from the autumn onwards. Launching soon -

Music Generation Sligo continued to roll out its Discovering Music pre-instrumental programme in association with Sligo County Childcare Committee, Sligo Education Centre, Foróige and Youthreach services.The programme, currently facilitated by 6 music tutors, aims to open the doors to children and young people up to 18 years to access music education locally. Since November 2011, over 1,000 children have participated. The county's Resources and Facilities Programme has been established. Through this programme, Music Generation Sligo is creating a county instrument bank in partnership with the Coleman Centre.Three new fully equipped rehearsal facilities are expected to open shortly through the programme also. Planning is well underway for an ambitious composition commission, funded by Sligo Public Art through the Performance Programme, and will involve performance and choral groups across the county in 2012 and 2013 - full details expected by May 2012. Research is also underway for the development of instrumental tuition services across the county and likely to be formalised later in 2012. Visit for further information. Radio Documentary

The Broadcasting Association of Ireland has recently awarded funding for a one-hour radio documentary telling the story of the genesis of Music Generation and describing its first steps. The documentary will be produced by independent radio producer Doireann Ní Bhriain and broadcast by RTÉ lyric fm on June 29th 2012. The first three Music Education Partnerships selected for participation - Louth, Mayo and Sligo will be featured in the documentary.

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Revised Date for 2012 National Music Day

The date for love: live music in 2012 has been changed to 21 June The date was chosen to coincide with the International Music Day / FĂŞte de la Musique, which is celebrated worldwide. Ireland's national music day, love:live music, which is run by Music Network and is now in its third year, was launched by three musicians, Cora Venus Lunny, SeĂĄn MacErlaine and Francesco Turrisi in Dublin last Wednesday. The day is expected to feature a large number of musical performances across the whole country - last year's love:live music saw over 160 individual events take place across twenty-four counties.

Jody Ackland, Project Manager for the event, said, 'Ireland is known throughout the world for its incredible musicians and unrivalled musical talent and we want to celebrate this at home and encourage everyone to enjoy Irish music at love:live music. We hope that musicians, groups and organisations around the country will join in love:live music 2012 to bring the exhilarating experience of live Irish music to people throughout the country and make it a day to remember.' Anyone can register an event as part of love:live music for free. For more information visit the dedicated website at

Stay up-to-date at Pirates of Penzance - Galway Youth Orchestra

Galway Youth Orchestra marked the opening of its 2012 season (and its 30th Anniversary) with a concert production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway on January 7th 2012. The Senior Orchestra (with a sprinkling of friends and alumni in the ranks) was joined by the Galway Tribal Choir (Director Mark Keane), sopranos Sandra Schalks and Emma English, playing Mabel and Ruth respectively, Daithi Ryder as the Major General, Brian Raftery as Frederick, Kevin Neville as the Pirate King and Gerry Ferguson as the Sergeant. A linking script featured GYO conductor Peter Berrill as narrator. Michael Dooley conducted. The strong casting produced some very fine solo and ensemble singing backed most effectively as required by the chorus and all was very well integrated under Michael Dooley's assured direction. The Pirates is Sullivan at his most Mozartian. It is a challenge therefore for a young ensemble (some as young as 13) charged with accompanying with precision the very high level and complex vocal writing. The friends and alumni sitting in no doubt gave the young players great support but the young GYO players were a revelation showing an amazing capacity to play this wonderful opera. Their success in rising so well to the occasion contributed, no doubt, to the sustained standing ovation from a capacity audience which concluded the proceeding. [Review by Oliver Francis]

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Character Suites for String Quartets

Katharina Baker, Director at the Coole Music in Gort, Galway has been very busy in recent years composing music for youth orchestras and young chamber groups (along with many other musical activities). A number of her works for junior orchestras have been premiered by the combined orchestras at the Coole Music Orchestra Festival (previously the Junior Orchestra Festival) and have managed the very difficult task of making over 100 young string players sound really clear and well tuned on a minimal amount of rehearsal while playing very engaging music. The Character Suites are a collection of original pieces written for young string players with basic technical skills and are meant as an introduction to the art and joy of chamber music playing. They are written for standard quartet with an optional 3rd violin part for groups without violas and have been described as ‘cleverly written and enjoyable for young kids.’ They are the first items of music published on Katharina’s new web site at where you can listen to or download recordings and see sample pages of scores and parts. All pieces have been played and performed by young groups in the West of Ireland over the past years in concerts, as lobby music, at cafés, launches, poetry readings and in many other community contexts.

There are presently four suites available for purchase from the web site and each comes with a description of the technical requirements for playing them - like this . . Technical requirements for Turlough Suite:

1st position only

All Violins / Viola: 1st finger pattern (1 23 4) only Cello: using fingers 1, 3, 4

With movement names like ‘Clouds’, ‘Sunday Dinner’, ‘Latte and Scone’, ‘Star Flyer’ and ‘Moon Groove’, who wouldn’t want to play these. Find out more at



18-26 August 2012

The International Summer Music School 2012 will take place in Tullamore, County Offaly. With a programme that includes numerous opportunities for participants to perform, both as soloists and chamber musicians as well as in collaboration with an international cast of artist performers, both local and international participants are welcome.

The artist roster includes some of Ireland's most highly respected musicians and performers. This summer will see the return of Dermot Dunne and Dearbhla Brosnan as well as the addition of the award-winning ConTempo String Quartet, acclaimed Irish composer Elaine Agnew and soprano Deborah Hadley. The core mentoring staff include Adele O'Dwyer (cello and composer), Natalie Shiel (piano), Siún Milne (violin) and Aoise O'Dwyer (viola).

The Junior Music programme for young musicians (including beginners) emphasises skill-building and ensemble musicmaking. The Intermediate Music Programme is designed to encourage a sensitive and creative approach to music-making both as a solo and an ensemble musician. The Senior Music Programme will focus on the subtleties of musical interpretation and musical collaboration.

The European Orchestra Federation (EOFed), successor to the European Association of Youth Orchestras and the European Association of Amateur Orchestras has recently launched its new website at EOFed will be holding it’s three-yearly festival in 2012 in Tallinn in Estonia, hosted by the Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association. The Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra will be attending the Festival along with representation from IAYO.

The International Summer Music School has limited enrolment and maintains a quota system in order to ensure a balance of instruments for ensemble purposes. To find out more, contact Adele O'Dwyer at or on 087 685 5050 or visit Send your news, photos and information to

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Updated and revised - Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children [From The Newsletter]



A revised and updated Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children was launched on the 15 July 2011. Encompassing the same principles as the earlier (1999) publication, it clearly sets out what organisations need to do to keep children safe, and what different bodies, and the general public should do if they are concerned about a child’s safety and welfare. The Guidance sets out specific protocols for Health Service Executive (HSE) social workers, Gardaí and other front- line staff in dealing with suspected abuse and neglect. The revised version has been welcomed as a more robust, accessible and concise document which reflects changes in the Irish Child Protection system over the past twelve years, including the establishment of the HSE, the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and learning from inquiries and research since 1999. It is available to download from the Department’s website or in printed form from the Government Publications Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 (€5).

This edition of Children First replaces and supercedes all previous editions.

A more detailed briefing on the changes relevant to arts organisations working with children and young people is available on the website

Garda Vetting Legislation

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence has published a National Vetting Bureau Bill which has been sent to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Defence. This Bill proposes to introduce mandatory vetting of all employees and volunteers who come in regular close contact with children and / or vulnerable adults and mandatory vetting of all positions within the administration and implementation of state Justice, as well as positions that involve state security.

The current proposal provides for the establishment of the National Vetting Bureau which will replace the Garda Central Vetting Office. It provides a legal framework for Garda Vetting, and includes for the first time, a definition of ‘vulnerable adult’. It is anticipated that this Bill will be enacted by mid-2012.

The Arts Council, and other arts organisations acting as authorised signatories, made submissions to the Joint Committee highlighting concerns common to the arts sector, such as lack of access to vetting for solo practitioners, clarity around the definition of ‘soft information’, the need for repeat vetting and difficulties for smaller organisations in becoming registered. They have been asked to bring back suggestions to the Committee as to how these matters might be addressed within the legislation.

These developments provide a long awaited statutory basis, offering a much more robust framework within which to create safe environments to engage with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Arts Council continues to encourage and support the development of safe practice within the arts sector and will provide on-going updates and information as they become available.

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Arts Council Young Ensembles Scheme

support materials in electronic format along with your application form. Before you will be able to make an online application you must register with the site. For this scheme you must be registered as an organisation or group. It may take up to five working days for your registration to be confirmed so it is very important that you register as early as possible. The window for making applications through the online services website opened on Thursday 15 March 2012 and the application forms and details are now available.

The Arts Council have announced the Young Ensembles Scheme for 2012 with a closing date of 26th April 2012. The primary purpose of this award is to support groups of young people between the ages of 12 and 23 to create ambitious and original work together in any art form (e.g., circus, dance, digital media, film, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or any combination of the above). Groups / ensembles must be made up of 3 or more members and the maximum award under the scheme is ?10,000. In the past, the Roscommon Youth Orchestra (members pictured above) and the Dunlavin Youth Orchestra have received grants though the scheme, Roscommon to launch ‘Fusion’ , the first full gathering of the orchestra and Dunlavin for a period of redevelopment of the orchestra.

Two chamber groups have also received funding through the scheme. Both the Rebelsa Quartet (pictured to the right) and the Cairde Quartet have received grants through the scheme to attend the Xenia chamber music course near Turin to develop their ensemble playing.

Please note that a tax number and bank account in the group’s name is necessary to receive their funding under this scheme. However, IAYO is in a position to provide these where a group does not have them themselves. IAYO have already acted as sponsoring organisation for the Rebelsa and Cairde Quartets and are more than happy to do so for member organisations or chamber ensembles that wish to apply. We are also most happy to discuss your proposed projects, proof and advise on application forms and help with the online application process. Contact the IAYO office if you would like help in any way. To get the application forms and guidelines, visit the Arts Council web site, click Financial Support -> Available Funding -> and click on Young ensembles scheme about halfway down the page. On the Young Ensembles Scheme page you can download the application guidelines and there is a link to register on the online services section. If you need help, you can contact Audrey Keane on 01 618 02 56 or at Do remember to register as soon as possible if you are considering applying for the scheme.

Applications for this award must be submitted through The Arts Council’s new online services website which allows for applications to be submitted entirely online. You will be able to upload a wide range of

Summer Music on the Shannon / Summer Music in Galway. SMS / SMG, which last year initiated the

first stages of its plan to extend classes and performances in Counties Clare, Limerick and Galway by successfully relocating the Youth Opera Theatre to Ennis, County Clare, the original home of SMS, will further develop that process for 2012 by offering the full Instrumental programme in both Galway and Limerick.

In Galway, this exciting expansion of opportunities for SMG musicians, students and visitors has been greatly enhanced by a new collaboration between SMG and Clare Galway Castle, where many of the performances will take place in the beautifully restored Castle and adjoining buildings. In Limerick, classes and performances will take place in wonderfully new and expanded

venues at the Redemptorist Centre of Music and nearby Mary Immaculate College.

The 19th Summer Music school and festival will commence on July 16th in Ennis with preparatory classes, rehearsals and coaching sessions for this year’s Youth Opera Theatre performances, which will take place in Ennis, Limerick & Galway during the week of August 6th to 11th. The two-week Instrumental Programme of classes, rehearsals and performances will be held in Limerick for one week, Monday, July 30th - Saturday, August 4 and move to Galway for the second week, Monday August 6 - Saturday, August 11.

For more information, visit the SMG website at


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