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I spent a chilly afternoon on Saturday last in the warm surrounds of the Concert Hall, at the 16th festival of youth orchestras. The event is presented by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, and I was delighted to be invited to the first half of the day in my capacity as Music Capital Scheme Manager for Music Network.

Two of the orchestras featured during the 3pm performance were previous recipients of the Music Capital Scheme - Sligo Academy of Music and Coole Music Youth Orchestra. It was pretty amazing to witness first hand the far reaching effects of the scheme in the hands of young musicians. The Sligo Academy of Music purchased a heap of new instruments with their award including bassoon, timpani and percussion. How many youth orchestras do you know that have a bassoon player, let alone their own bassoon?! The works they chose to perform in the NCH gave each performer a platform to show off their abilities on the new instruments. It was very clear why they requested funding for percussion as they have some stellar young drummers in the orchestra. One in particular (I don’t know which of the names listed!) was a steady rock behind the very young orchestra in a rendition of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’. Brilliant!


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Conall Hayes and Gemma Lyons play the typewriter during Liffey Valley Youth Orchestra’s performance.

National Concert Hall was during a previous Festival of Youth Orchestras when I led the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra in our first year together. Very few experiences in my life at that point compared to walking out onto the stage of the NCH with the whole orchestra there waiting to get stuck into our chosen works, and friends and family in the audience. I had a huge lump in my throat when MC Seán Rocks introduced the leader of Fingal County Youth Orchestra – Aisling Lawson. I swear she was a carbon copy of my young self on the stage! Her solos were sweet and lyrical and sang out through the overall orchestral sound. I was simultaneously delighted for her appearance on the stage of the NCH and proud of my young self for having been there once upon a time.

After the performance I had a brief chat with Seán about the nature of the event and we both recognised it’s importance for young orchestral players and felt the crazy energy of the day with so many young people in the hall. We had a brief chat about the piece by Roger Doyle, commissioned by Greystones Youth Orchestra & Newpark School of Music String Orchestra. The work required no sheet music for the young players to bury their heads in and as a result they were more connected with the conductor than most youth orchestras. Doyle seemed to me to understand the nuances of working with very young musicians and the piece explored their abilities to let go The whole day was an intense exercise in with their instruments and explore the huge nostalgia for me. My first ever time in the variety of sounds they are able to create. Doyle spoke with Seán Rocks after the performance and mentioned that the title of the piece – Deep End – was a tribute to the orchestra’s ability and willingness to “give all to the work and dive right in”. It would be wonderful to see more composers writing for youth orchestras and provide them with an inherent understanding of the compositional process and of the availability of new music in orchestral playing Maeve O’Hara performs a section from the percussion concerto, UFO, in Ireland. by Michael Daugherty. Festival photos by Damien Eagers.

Welcome to our spring issue of Newsnotes. We are again a little later than expected but getting back on track after our very late December issue. As the days get longer and brighter, there seems to be plenty of enthusiasm and optimism in youth orchestra circles and still plenty of activity going on despite the economic crisis that we find ourselves in. In fact, many instrumental teachers say that they have longer waiting lists now than in previous years. Let us hope that this is indicative of new priorities in Ireland and that youth music and the arts may flourish in the coming years. Our heartiest congratulations to all the orchestras that took part not only in the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras, but also in the Coole Music Festival of Youth Orchestras and the brand new WexFest (Wexford Festival of Youth Orchestras). A review of the Coole Festival is on page 4 and there is also a review from one of the players on our website at We do hope to carry a review and some photos of the WexFest in the next issue.

While congratulations are being handed out, many of those must go to the Sligo Academy of Music on reaching their tenth anniversary with performances by two orchestras at the National Concert Hall. Also to Liffey Valley and Fingal County Orchestras who both have important birthdays this year.

On IAYO activities, details of our conducting workshops have now been released and can be found on Due to the lateness of Easter and other factors, we have decided to hold our chamber music workshops in the autumn this year. Details will follow in the May issue.

The Agnes O’Kane Award for volunteers was presented for the first time at the recent Festival of Youth Orchestras. The award will be presented annually in the future to a volunteer who has contributed to the growth of youth orchestras in Ireland. The award recognises the vital contribution that volunteers have had in the growth of youth orchestras over the last thirty years. The first recipients of the award will be Agnes’ own family, both recognising her work and the support that her family gave to herself and to IAYO over the years. The award was presented to Philip O’Kane for the entire O’Kane family, who have all had involvement in the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras over the years.

If you would like to nominate someone to receive the award, please write to the Director at the IAYO office outlining why you think that person is deserving of the award. A panel of independent judges will be appointed in the autumn and they will enquire further if they feel the need to. The award will be presented during the next Festival of Youth Orchestras. Nominations for the award are now open and will close shortly before the next Festival. We will be drawing up guidelines for the selection process over the next few months and will make these available on the web site when completed. Agnes’ husband, Philip O’Kane, prepared an obituary for the Festival programme that you can view on the IAYO web site. You can also listen to the contents of speeches by Philip and IAYO Chair, Vincent Hunt, on the work that Agnes did for IAYO and various other organisations on a voluntary basis.

Finally, a short apology. In our last issue, we mistakenly credited the Liffey Valley Orchestra with the Organisational Achievement Award for the project ‘Attract and Retain Members in the introduction to ‘A Short Guide to Promoting your Youth Orchestra’. This should have credited the Fingal County Youth Orchestra, who won the award at the 2008 festival.

Teaching Position Available

Coole Music are looking for violin teacher from September 2011 onwards. Ideally they would like a teacher that can teach both violin and viola.

Please contact Coole Music for details and application at

Vincent Hunt, Chair of IAYO, presents the Agnes O’Kane Award to Philip O’Kane at the Festival of Youth Orchestras.

IAYO Conducting Workshops Director: Robert Houlihan

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Monday 11 - Friday 15 July 2011

Conducting workshops for youth orchestra conductors will be held at the Royal Irish Academy of Music to run alongside their Summer Orchestra Academy. Participants will avail of tuition in baton technique and score preparation along with opportunities to observe sectional and full rehearsals with the RIAM summer orchestra academy, conducted by James Cavanagh. The course fee is €300 for participants and €150 for observers. A number of discounts will be made available to youth orchestra conductors resident outside Dublin.Priority for participating places will be given to conductors actively engaged with youth orchestras.The conducting workshops will be hosted and generously supported by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

To take part, contact IAYO on 021 421 5185 More details at

IAYO Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this years IAYO Youth Orchestra Achievement Awards. Kylemore College Orchestra won the award for Development of the Youth Orchestra with their project ‘A Season of Artistic and Cultural Development’ that saw the orchestra’s first international tour, their first performance of contemporary music (including workshops with the composer), the introduction of dancers, singers and poetry recitation to accompany the orchestra. and taking part in a performance to raise awareness and funds as part of the Chernobyl Children’s Appeal.

Carlow Youth Orchestra won the Special Achievement Award for their Cultural exchange in connection with the twinning of Carlow and Skofja Loka in Slovenia. Letter from the President of the European Orchestra Federation Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Again many thanks for the kind invitation to attend the 16th Festival and the warm welcome I have experienced. It was just great to experience the enthusiasm of the musicians from children's age to young adults and to be taken along the road of so many musical styles and genres. I warmly congratulate all the teachers, conductors, organisers for a wonderful and smoothly run event and also, and this is at least equally remarkable, for the progress which is clearly perceptible in musical skills and performance. It is a pleasure to see and hear the kids! I am looking forward to the 17th edition and wish you all well. Very truly and with warm regards

Daniel A. Kellerhals, President, European Orchestra Federation (EOFed).

Jenna Raggett of the ‘Simply Strings’ quartet from Kilkenny who provided pre-concert entertainment at the Festival of Youth Orchestras. The quartet took part in the IAYO Chamber Music Workshops in Kilkenny in 2009 and 2010 and are Jenna Raggett (violin), Marie Therese Boland (violin), Anna Walsh (violin) and Elizabeth Boland (cello).

Coole Music Orchestra Festival

The 4th Annual Coole Music Orchestra Festival took place on Sunday 6th March at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort, County Galway. This year, the title was changed from Junior Orchestra Festival as intermediate and senior orchestras now took part as well - many of the players having graduated following their performances at previous festivals. In all, ten ensembles took part during two concerts including the Coole Music Junior and Youth Orchestras, Athenry Music School Junior and Senior Orchestras, Galway Junior and Intermediate Orchestras, Clare Music Makers Intermediate Strings and the Laois School of Music Orpheus Orchestra. In addition, there were two traditional ensembles this year, the Kinvara Young Musicians and the East Clare Young Musicians. In all, over three hundred young musicians took part in the festival and in the collaborative performances that, as always, finished each of the performances. There were several performances of new works on the day - the collaborative performances were both premieres of works written just for the festival by the Artistic Director, Katharina Baker. The junior orchestras performed Sky Lantern in the afternoon

and the more senior players performed For Good at the end of the evening performance. Much of the for the junior music orchestras had been written or arranges specially for the orchestras including The Terrible Twos and The Age of Reason by Katherine Mannion and The Fiania Suite by Katharina Baker with other new works also being taken on by the older orchestras in the evening.

All in all, this festival is going from strength to strength and is a great showcase for the amount and quality of youth orchestra activity happening in the west of Ireland at present. Next year’s festival will be on the 4th March, again in Gort, County Galway. Put the date in your diary. Allin Gray, IAYO

love:live music

Music Network Presents National Music Day

Friday 08 April 2011

love:live music 2011, Ireland’s National Music Day, takes place on Friday 8th April and is coordinated by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric FM and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. ‘This year’s love:live music is off to a great start with events already registered across the country and more to be added in the coming weeks!

There is an eclectic mix of events; from an evening of piping and drumming with the award winning Cullen Pipe Band; rap and rock at Finglas Youth Resource Centre; choral with Laois County Council Choir whose debut performance was a highlight of love:live music last year!

This year’s event features large ensembles such as Laois School of Music Orpheus Orchestra, to small groups like four-piece Carameen in Kildare and solos including guitarist Redmond O’Toole in Navan.

Unusual events already up on the site include an Instrument Making Workshop as a part of Limerick School of Music’s festivities! To find out about events in your area, or to register your own event, visit or call 01 671 9429. For more information email

Youth Orchestra Concerts Coming up at the National Concert Hall RIAM Annual Gala Concert National Concert Hall Tuesday 22 March 2011 8pm, National Concert Hall

James Cavanagh and Blánaid Murphy, conductors

Join some of Ireland's finest talents for music by Prokofiev and Beethoven in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin's National Concert Hall.

UCD Symphony Orchestra Wednesday 6 April 2011

Programme to include Rimsky-Korsakov, Overture & Wedding March from Le Coq d’Or, Grieg Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky Swan Lake (excerpts) and Stravinsky L’Oiseau de Feu (1919 Suite) DIT Ensembles: All Together Now

Sunday 17th April 2011, National Concert Hall

All Together Now showcases the talented students of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in two gala concerts, featuring the full range of DIT instrumental ensembles in a programme of popular classics and contemporary repertoire for film, stage and concert hall. The 3pm concert features the DIT Junior Wind Band, DIT Concert Band, DIT Wind Ensemble, DIT Big Band and DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble. The 8pm concert features the DIT Preliminary Strings, DIT Junior Orchestra, DIT Intermediate Orchestra and DIT Symphony Orchestra. RIAM Chamber Ensembles at NCH

This series of four concerts performed by RIAM's advanced students, take place on March 16th and 24th and 1st April at 6.00 pm in the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall. The programmes represent a variety of challenging and appealing works for small ensemble. Featured pieces include: Beethoven ‘Ghost Trio’, Schumann Dichterliebe and Ravel String Quartet. Tickets for all performances from the National COncert Hall box office on 01 417 0000 or online at

What is Music Generation?

What will Music Generation not fund?

What does it offer?

What can be used as locally generated matched funding?

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds. It aims to help children and young people to access performance music education (vocal and instrumental) in their own locality. Music Generation offers funding and support to establish local Music Education Partnerships (MEPs) throughout Ireland. Who can apply?

Only MEPs which include at least one statutory agency as a Lead Partner may apply.

Other general costs directly related to the running of the service including buildings, productions, marketing, exchanges, examinations etc. However, these costs may be included as locally generated matched funding. • Monetary income from any source

• Support-in-kind which can include staff time, buildings and administration costs. Support-in-kind costs claimed as locally generated matched funding is capped at a maximum of 20% of the matched funding.

What is not eligible for funding?

To ensure that funding directly impacts on the teaching of children and young people and allows new services to be established across the country, the following are ineligible: • Existing vocal instrumental tuition

What is a Music Education Partnership?

A Music Education Partnership (MEP) is a local or regional group established to develop and improve the infrastructure for music education at local level. It is made up of expert and interest groups and must include at least one statutory agency such as a VEC or a Local Authority. The MEP works to plan for a music education service in its own locality, establish networks and an efficient administrative structure, identify funding and other types of support and manage its development of the service. For more information about MEPs, visit How much funding is available?

50% funding from Music Generation up to a maximum of €200,000 per year over three years. Matched funding, generated locally from MEP resources, may be a combination of monetary income and/or support-in-kind. What will Music Generation fund?

• Contribution to vocal and instrumental tuition costs

• Establishment of instrument banks and musical equipment (such as audio or music technology equipment) • Music libraries

• Contribution to encourage the professional development of music education practice • Contribution to administration/co-ordination costs


• Any form of music education other than vocal or instrumental tuition • Curriculum support

"We had been looking for some time for a way to get involved in an initiative in music education in Ireland. After talking to various people in Ireland about what to do, we came to the conclusion that the Music Network scheme is really well thought out and that we, in partnership with the Ireland Funds, should just get behind it." The Edge

• Existing tuition provided by core staff in mainstream schools

How will MEPs be supported after Music Generation’s threeyear funding?

Music Generation will provide three-year seed funding to establish local services, which will be sustained by MEPs on a long-term basis. It is the intention of the Department of Education and Skills that MEPs will be continued into the future with Exchequer funding when the Music Generation donations cease. What is the qualifying age range?

Music Generation is for children and young people up to 18 years. What genres of music can be included in Music Generation?

All genres of music including but not limited to blues, bluegrass, contemporary, classical, country, electronic, folk, fusion, gospel, hip hop, jazz, marching, military, music theatre, opera, pop, rap, rock, R&B, reggae, religious, soul, traditional, world etc. This list is not exhaustive. What type of tuition can be included?

Individual, group and ensemble tuition in all instruments and voice. To find out more and get involved:?

A Short Guide to Promoting Your Youth Orchestra - Part II Press Releases

Sending out press releases is a good way of getting attention from newspapers, radio and television and can be done relatively freely without worry of having editors feel that they are being pestered. They are generally relatively short - all contained within a single page of A4 and are aimed at generating further interest from the media, their contents being used to generate short articles in the side columns of newspapers, or being included in listings. Often the press release will be the initial step in getting an interview, article or photographs printed in the press. Writing the release

The following template is something that is good to follow and, certainly, to take notice of when writing press releases. However, creativity of approach may also land you better coverage so don’t feel confined to a formula.

Preliminary: You should put the text FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE at the top of your text. You can also write IMAGES AVAILABLE if you have highquality photographs to accompany an article.

After this comes your heading or title. This should be clear and descriptive and it is best if it is relatively short - something that you can imagine reading in a newspaper yourself. It can be the name of the event or a summary of what is to follow - 16th FESTIVAL OF


Next comes brief details of the event or story - get the important details across in one or two sentences. You might consider including date, time and venue in this section so that it can be extracted for listings or used as a ‘filler’ in a side column. If not, then you can put the event details either preceding or following this paragraph as follows. Saturday 12th February 2011 at 3pm National Concert Hall

Tickets €15, available from . . .

A more detailed description of the event can follow in the next paragraph or two, although keeping in mind that the full release should ideally be an A4 page or less.

Including a quotation is generally a good idea - it allows the newspaper to create a short article with a personal touch rather than just presenting information.

Some general background on your youth orchestra might also be included, as can some information on conductors, composers or other notable people involved with an event. Do remember to acknowledge any funders or sponsors. At the end of the release, have the text ENDS on a separate line. It is most important that you include contact information

on the release and that phones and email addresses listed are monitored and answered. A press or media editor or researcher may only make contact once and move on if they don’t receive a quick response. For further Press Information contact: Name and Phone Number Email Address

Circulating the release

It is easiest to circulate releases by email although sometimes paper can work better as it is not (quite) so easily disposed of. Make the subject of your email with the title / heading of the article preceded by the word release Release: 16th FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, DUBLIN. Keep the formatting of

the email simple, either plain text or format headings in a slightly larger font size and in bold. Also attach the contents of the release in a Word document. Again, keep it simple and just duplicate what is in the email.

Consider how you batch the emails that you send. If you send an email from a brand new account to fifty or sixty addresses, the chances are that your email may not even make it out of your own inbox as your email providers’ security software may mark it as having a high probability of being spam and not send it. Also be aware that sending the email to yourself and adding lots of addresses in the bcc field may have the same effect. Those things being said, if you have an email account that is trusted, there is no great harm in sending a press release to lots of recipients at the same time. Most press email addresses are well known to those in the business. Perhaps send separate emails to online publications if you are sending releases to those also.

An alternative, albeit untried by us here at IAYO, is that you could send your press releases as email only through an email marketing service like Mailchimp, without the attached Word document. This would make management of your email list more straightforward and allow you to send to different groups on your list if, for example, you have press releases that are only of interest to local publications or purely to catch the attention of television producers.

Timing is also a consideration. For most publications, you should be aiming to send a release two-to-three weeks before the print deadline, although for some you might then want to submit a second time closer to the publication date. This means that for monthlies, you will need to be six to seven weeks ahead but closer in for dailies.

As said previously, press releases can be circulated fairly freely and will often pick up interest from editors and researchers that you have not had direct personal contact with before. However, it can help to ring ahead and say that the press release will be arriving and to follow up afterwards.

Every Picture Tells a Story

Sometimes the story is about children eating their violins and sometimes it’s about young players lining up back-stage at the National Concert Hall just before their performance at the Festival of Youth Orchestras. Newspapers, magazines and websites are always looking for good pictures to make their publications look good and to fill up those awkward spaces that might appear when a commissioned story is longer or shorter than expected or has missed the submission deadline. Just as with getting articles published, you are always at the mercy of space considerations and other ‘important’ news.

Ways to get your orchestra’s photos in print and online media.

1. Take your own: Are you or one of your volunteers / parents a good amateur or even professional photographer? If so you can try to submit your own photographs to local, regional and national press. It is always important that someone at a publication is expecting your photograph. National and some regional newspapers have a dedicated photodesk that screens all incoming photos for content and usability. In local newspapers, it will often be the editor or news editor that will receive and check photos. Do make sure that whoever is responsible for choosing photographs is expecting yours and has said that they will look at them. Photographs will need to be interesting, well lit and clear if they are to be used for publication. Jpeg is the only format that is acceptable to most picture editors. Photographs will also need to have a caption embedded - usually something that describes what is happening in the photograph. Just browse photos in any

newspaper to see what sort of text is usual. This information can be entered in File Info in Photoshop or for far cheaper in Image Properties in the GIMP photo editor (available for free from

2. Hire a photographer: This can be anything form not-so-dear to very expensive, depending on the photographer you hire. Paying a lot for a professional photographer is no guarantee of having suitable shots or that they will be published. However, there are photographers that specialise in freelance photography for the press and some of these have impressive records in getting their pictures into local and national newspapers. If you are hiring a photographer for a launch or event with a view to getting publicity in the press, do try and use someone that has a track record. 3. Get the press to come to you: You can put out an event notice in advance to editors / picture desks describing what your event is, who will be there and details of what photo opportunities might be available. Again, this is a matter of contacting the right person in advance. And again, national and some regional newspapers will have people dedicated to screening opportunities for getting good photographs. NB

And in all of the above, treat your editor or picture desk with respect and they will become allies in promoting the good work of your youth orchestra. Send them lots of information that they feel is not relevant to them and your good work will end up in their email bin. Photographs below are courtesy of Marc O’Sullivan.

Building Contacts

Undoubtedly, having ‘contacts’ in the media is a great advantage when engaging in public relations. Having a list is not rocket science, but it can take a long time to build up good working relationships with people in the media. Starting local is a good idea. Begin a list with local and county newspapers, radio stations and listings sheets. Also try to find out if there are web sites dedicated to things happening in your area. From there, try regional and national news, radio and television that might have an interest in what your orchestra is up to. Programmes like Kazoo on RTÉ often carry news on youth arts and there have been previous articles on youth orchestras on Nationwide, Newstalk 106, RTÉ lyric fm, Morning Ireland, RTÉ Six One news and many more national platforms. If you are preparing press releases, it is easy and worthwhile to put them in the mailout. Remember also that lots of people get their news over the internet these days and include in your mailing lists listings websites and others that might be interested to carry your news. Wikipedia is a good source of information on media in Ireland. Go to and search for ‘Newspapers in Ireland’, ‘Radio in Ireland’ and ‘List of Television Channels in Ireland’. Also try Media Live at and Media Eye at

And Not to Forget

the other things that you can do to promote your orchestra. Posters and flyers are good not only for promoting concerts, but also for recruiting new players. Distribute them to schools of music and schools where you think there might be suitable players. Inperson visits to schools with a short performance by some players can also bring more interested players along. Radio phoneins are a great way to get word around also - ‘Best of luck to Tom and Sally in the youth orchestra, who are performing at the concert hall tonight’ - you might even manage to get Martin King to announce your concert on the TV3 weather. Anything that you can do to promote your youth orchestra at local, regional and national level can have a potential pay-off in the future; in terms of gaining players, volunteers, audience members, funding and sponsorship. It’s also just good to know that other people are seeing and hearing about the good work that is going on with young people and music.

Summer Music in Galway - ‘Accessibility & Excellence’ Described in the August 19th, 2010 issue of the Irish Times as ‘One of Ireland’s most innovative summer music schools’, the concept of Summer Music on the Shannon (SMS) - in a remarkable coincidence - was first introduced to a meeting of musician / teachers held in the same location and in the same month and year as the founding meeting of IAYO - in Maoin Cheoil an Chláir, Ennis, County Clare, in April, 1994. The goal of both organisations was essentially the same, i.e. to enhance training and performance opportunities for classical music instrumentalist students in Ireland. Although the objectives were necessarily different, they were for the most part -complementary. The SMS model was based on enormously successful summer music schools and festivals in North America, such as Aspen and Interlochen, which are designed to provide access to international standards of instruction and performance for as wide a range of musicians and music students as possible and with very few barriers to admission based on age, level of ability or financial disadvantage. SMS also provides accommodation for families who welcome the opportunity to combine a vacation in Ireland and a wonderful musical experience for their children.

After the addition of Youth Opera Theatre in 2002, the SMS ‘summer community of musicians’ has ranged from children as young as seven years of age up to pre-professional students and professional musician / teachers from world-class orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Canada, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, USA, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland, Calgary Symphony Orchestra, Canada, London Symphony Orchestra, England, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada, Paris Opera Orchestra, France, London Philharmonic Orchestra, England, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Canada, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, USA.

In 2010, SMS moved from Limerick to Galway (SMG) and this coming summer will move to its new permanent home in the beautifully restored Clain Mhuire campus of the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) for the two-week instrumental programme, August 1st - 14th. The daily schedule of individual lessons, classes, rehearsals and optional activities will again include the preparation of students for orchestral concerts during which all of the students and professionals will perform together in works from the major symphonic repertoire. Classes for the Youth Opera Theatre programme, July 25th - August 14th, will take place in Ennis, County Clare and student transportation will be arranged between Limerick, Ennis and Galway. This year’s opera production will be The Tailor’s Daughter by Belfast composer Brian Irvine. The opera received marvellous reviews following the Cardiff premiere in 2005 and was subsequently awarded the British Composer’s Award from the British Academy of Composer’s and Songwriters. In 2003, Brian was the first Irish composer ever to receive the BBC Radio Jazz Award for Best New Work. The 2011 Festival concert schedule will include 6 orchestral and chamber music concerts and one opera performance in Galway plus four orchestral and chamber music concerts plus two opera performances in Clare and Limerick.

Detailed SMS 2011 information, with application forms, is available on the Web - Alternatively brochures will be posted from the mailing address: Summer Music in Galway, Edgewater, Seafield Road, Quilty, County Clare or calling +353 (0)65 708 7566

More news and more detail at

Smart Fundraising: Succeeding in the new reality The 3rd National Fundraising Conference in Ireland Main conference day 30th March 2011

Masterclasses on the eve of the conference, Tuesday, 29th March 2011 The Convention Centre Dublin (North Wall Quay)

Fundraising Ireland is delighted to present Ireland’s flagship National Fundraising Conference. This unique conference has been designed for fundraisers, by fundraisers who understand the challenges facing people working in this area today.

Their insight will be of benefit to you regardless of whether you work in the charity, arts, culture, education or sports fields and will apply to you if you work in an organisation staffed by three volunteers, or one that has a full time staff of 300. Non-Member Rate: €220

Find out more at

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Irish Youth Wind Ensemble

Volunteers Wanted for

14-21 August 2011 Director

Ronan O’Reilly


Kenneth Edge, Saxophone

Application Forms online at Further information e: t: 021 421 5185

Application closing date: Friday 25 March 2011. Applicants must be aged between 16 and 25 and must have a minimum of Grade 6 standard.

Ballyfermot Music Project

St Michael’s Primary School, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, are seeking volunteers to assist with the school group instrumental teaching and orchestral programme. The pupils in St. Michael’s are benefiting enormously from the music lessons and their self-esteem has been enhanced. The children are so proud of what they are achieving. The school enables all pupils to have an opportunity to learn how to play.

Volunteers are asked to assist the instrumental teacher and conductor by tuning instruments, fixing broken strings and assisting the music teacher to give the best possible lessons to the students. An ability to tune stringed instruments and also to carry out basic maintenance such as string changing is necessary for the post. This support will enable better participation and organisation at lessons and rehearsals. The ability to teach a string instrument will be a bonus for us all.

Instrumental lessons take place on Wednesdays during term-time from 8.50am – 3.30pm to include orchestra sessions. Orchestra sessions take place outside of school hours on Wednesdays from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. On Thursday lessons are from 8.30am – 12 noon. For further details and an application form, please contact: Margaret Condon, St. Michael’s School, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10, Tel: 01-6202491, Mobile: 086-8392518 or e-mail: . Please note it is standard practice that all voluntary staff will be screened / Garda vetted / interviewed before taking up a position with St Michael’s Primary School. Margaret Condon, Principal

Dublin Youth Orchestras Annual Chamber Music Day

This year’s annual DYO Chamber Music Day took place on Sunday, 13th February in Sancta Maria College, Ballyroan, Dublin 16. First organised in 1983, Chamber Music Day has always been a popular event with DYO members and non-members alike. This year 71 players between the ages of 7 and 16 years took part; players came not only from Dublin, but from Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford as well. The day began with reception and registration, with players then divided into pre-arranged groups and introduced to their tutors. Music-making began in earnest at 10am and continued until the first break at 11.30. There were 16 tutors working with string quartets and quintets, cello groups, wind, brass and percussion groups. Each tutor was assigned to work exclusively with one chamber group for the entire day.

first: with no one to 'hide behind' every player in the group must hold their own line and it is up to each player to count, keep time, and play in tune.

During chamber days, a tutor working with one group of students can focus on their individual needs, gradually coaxing the best from each player as they contribute to the ensemble. Tutors also have the opportunity to emphasise the finer points of playing, such as posture and presentation. Developing these areas not only enhances musical skills, but also self reliance and confidence which is enormously important in orchestral playing, and in all areas of music performance.

As the many smiling faces at the 2011 Chamber Day will attest, it’s not just good for you, but it’s great fun as well.

We were very fortunate to have Mia Cooper, leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as one of our tutors.

After a half-hour break at 11.30 for snacks and a bit of fresh air the players resumed working from noon until 1pm. Lunch consisted of an hour of free time in which players could enjoy their packed lunches, along with more fresh air and general socialising. The final session from 2pm to 3pm was followed by a short concert for family and friends which showcased the day’s achievements.

Dublin Youth Orchestras also runs a Junior and Senior Residential Chamber Music Course during late June and early July in Aravon School, Bray, County Wicklow. This annual course is an ideal followon from Chamber Day for committed chamber music enthusiasts, but it is equally a week of fun activities to rival any other traditional summer camp. No previous chamber music experience is required to enroll at Aravon.

The Aravon courses for Summer 2011 will cater for string ensembles as well as wind and percussion players; this year’s Senior Course will also feature tuition from the Dublin Guitar Quartet. The Benefits of Playing Chamber Music for Orchestral Development Taking part in ensemble playing, such as that which is offered at DYO Chamber Day, can be a very valuable addition to a musician’s training. The skills developed at Chamber Day, such as sight reading, solo and ensemble playing and extra emphasis on tuning and timekeeping all help to enhance a player’s overall musical development. Playing in a small group such as a quartet can be a bit daunting at

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A Sound Ear?

Following a recent enquiry from a member orchestra, we bring you news of an advice book on orchestral music and risks to hearing. A Sound Ear II is a publication by the Association of British Orchestras that provides advice on music and hearing. While pitched towards professional orchestras and British legislation, it is of interest and of use to youth orchestras in Ireland. Google ‘A Sound Ear’ for the link or download the pdf from

Profile: The Cairde Quartet The Cairde Quartet is a group of 15 year old musicians who have been playing together for nearly five years at CIT Cork School of Music where they meet weekly for chamber music tuition with Adrian Petcu. They are Mairéad Hickey (violin I), Caoilfhionn Ní Choileáin (violin II), Martha Campbell (viola) and William Lehane (cello).

[...] Those who braved the foul weather and a cold Aldeburgh Parish Church on Saturday evening were rewarded with a fine recital by the young Cairde Quartet. Haydn’s Quartet in G, Op. 54 No.1 and the third of Beethoven’s Op 18 quartets in C minor flanked Webern’s early postromantic Langsamer Satz. Their playing throughout was very fine. The Haydn and the Beethoven were attacked with confidence and performed with great accuracy and real panache, and in the Webern their rich warm sound and imaginative playing belied their years .

The quartet already have an impressive performance history and have performed at the opening of the new CIT Cork School of Music building, for President Mary McAleese at Áras an And this is what makes their Uachtaráin, alongside the Above: photographs from Culture Night 2010 by Cian Daly. playing so remarkable, for, RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet in a although they have been they attended a residential public concert for the Vanbrugh Quartet Scholarship Fund and an playing together for nearly course with the afternoon concert as part of the prestigious West Cork International summer four years, their ages now ConTempo Quartet at Kylemore Chamber Music Festival in 2009. More recently they have are still only between 14 Abbey in County Mayo and in performed as part of the Culture Night celebrations in 2010, at the and 15. An astonishing 2009 they took part in the London ‘Encountering the Arts’ symposium organised by the Arts Council at achievement, and to see Quartet Foundation the Irish Museum of Modern Art and a concert in Aldeburgh Church, String these young people weekend course at Chetham’s Suffolk in the UK (see the review on this page). obviously enjoying School in Manchester. They performing at this high level This performance history is in addition to taking part in many participated in the Xenia truly uplifted one’s spirits. competitions and the quartet to-date have won the under 15 International chamber music Chamber Music Competitions at Feis Maitiú in 2007, 2008 and course, Turin, Italy in 2010 and Frank Cliff, Evening Star, Ipswich 2009, were awarded the Director’s Prize for outstanding they plan to take part in that achievement at the Cork School of Music, and in 2010 won the course again in 2011. under 18 Chamber Music Competition at Feis Maitiú and were THE CAIRDE QUARTET’S NEXT PERFORMANCE WILL BE A LUNCHTIME runners-up in the Feis Ceoil Junior Chamber Music Competition. CONCERT AT CIT CORK SCHOOL OF MUSIC ON SATURDAY 8TH APRIL 2011 In the last two years they have had master class tuition from the AS PART OF NATIONAL MUSIC DAY. Belcea Quartet and from Hugh Maguire in Aldeburgh, UK. In 2007,

Cairde at Xenia




All four members of our quartet went together to the 13th International Chamber Music Course for Young String Players in Italy this year. The course is organised by the Xenia Ensemble Association (Italy) in collaboration with ConCorda (Ireland). It takes place at the Pra Catinat Centre, surrounded by the beautiful mountains of the Orsiera Rocciavrè Park, near Sestrière, Turin. We travelled to Italy together from Ireland at the end of July 2010 for 10 days. Pra Catinat is an incredible location. From our bedroom balcony, we had a spectacular view of the mountain park surrounding us. The constant sunshine was brilliant!

Every member of the course played in three different chamber music ensembles. This gave everyone a chance to study with inspirational teachers from all over the world. We learned so much from them – different techniques and a better understanding of ensemble playing - and we had so much fun with the other participants on the course. We had a masterclass for our quartet with Rohan de Saram, who is a well known chamber musician, particularly in contemporary music. We played open air concerts in the nearest town, Fenestrelle and in the forest in the mountains. There were mime workshops and a nations’ night where students from each country produced a comedy show. We played music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Vivaldi and others and made friends with musicians from different countries.

The course was really enjoyable and we can’t wait to apply to take part again next year.

DOUBLE BASS EXPO IRELAND 2011 Saturday 9th April 9:30am - 4:00pm

The Double Bass Workshop invites you to Double Bass Expo Ireland 2011. The Exhibition of Instruments and Masterclass will take place in the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, 163-7 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 on Saturday the 9th of April and will feature: • A performance and masterclass by virtuoso double bassist Professor Michael Wolf, who teaches in the Berlin University of the Arts and in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. • An exhibition of two newly hand-made double basses by award winning American double bass makers.

• A selection of beginner, student and professional double basses from The Double Bass Workshop. • A free double bass inspection by Tom Barrett, of The Double Bass Workshop, for all who bring an instrument.

Double Bass Expo Ireland 2011 is generously

supported by the Irish World Academy of Music, the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, and DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. We are pleased to be able to offer places at a very reasonable rate. Travel and accommodation expenses are at participants own expense. Tickets for observers can be bought at the door on the day. The Double Bass Exhibition is subsidised by The Double Bass Workshop and is free of charge.

Double Bass Masterclass with Michael Wolf

Applications are invited for a double bass Masterclass with Michael Wolf. The masterclass will take place in the DIT Conservatory of & Drama in Music Rathmines on Saturday the 9th of April and is open to Double Bass students studying at an advanced level (equivalent grade 7 and above). There will be a limited amount of spaces available for participants, with an unlimited number of places for observers. Participant places are available on the basis of application, please contact for more details. (Participant: €30 / Observer: €5) Timetable (tbc)

09:30 Masterclasses 12:30 Lunch

13:30 Masterclasses

15:15 Performance by Michael Wolf Double Bass Exhibition

There will be two new double basses being showcased: a new bass by three-time silver medal winning bass maker Seth Kimmel and a new bass from the Cincinnati Bass Cellar, a team of three builders with over six decades of collective experience and countless awards. The makers will be attending on the day to show the instruments. Also on display will be a selection of beginner and student model double basses currently stocked by Tom Barrett of The Double Bass Workshop, Galway. Every one of the double basses from The Double Bass Workshop comes with the same fine tuned attention to playability, and quality of sound, from the top professional instrument to the beginner and fractional student models.

As an added bonus, if you bring a double bass on the day, you will be offered a free inspection by Tom Barrett, Ireland’s resident double bass specialist. This is an opportunity for individual players and youth orchestras to have their instruments checked for structural and playability issues, both of which can be severely restrictive to the player.

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras is the all-Ireland resource organisation for youth orchestras. IAYO is grant-aided by The Arts Council and supported by Cork City Council.

IAYO Newsnotes - March 2011  

Newsletter of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. March 2011.

IAYO Newsnotes - March 2011  

Newsletter of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. March 2011.