first_imgDONEGAL’S most talented classical musicians will be getting their moment in the spotlight when they play the National Concert Hall in Dublin in a fortnight’s time.The Donegal Youth Orchestra is one of just eight orchestras selected to perform at the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras.The show takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday, 8th February. Invited to perform this year, the 60 piece County Donegal Youth Orchestra is the largest of Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups and prides itself on musical diversity and community involvement. Drawing its musicians from the vast geographical spread of the county, the orchestra was initially led and inspired by Jim Rafferty and is conducted in more recent years by Vincent Kennedy.Every year it performs a wide variety of music ranging from classical to folk, pop and film inspired favourites to hundreds of people all over Donegal.It is particularly happy to have commissioned new works from such composers as Vincent Kennedy and Neil Martin as well as special collaborations ranging from the art-science collaborators Softday to traditional music luminaries, Altan.The orchestra has grown and developed over the years, reflected in its IAYO’s ‘Achievement Award’ at the 2013 Festival of Youth Orchestras for its performances of The Happy Prince, a musical adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story with words by Little John Nee and music by Vincent Kennedy. The Festival of Youth Orchestras will see more than 400 young people perform original works and arrangements from the classical repertoire, shows, films and pop music, including pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bizet, Bartok, Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’, Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ and arrangements of Elbow, Cole Porter and more.The afternoon performance features: Ceol na Mara Chamber Orchestra; St Agnes/Scoil Colm & St Ultan’s Primary School Orchestras; Music Matters Orchestra and County Wexford Youth Orchestra. The evening performance also features the East Meets West Orchestra; Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra.The IAYO was founded in the mid 1990s to foster and encourage the development of Youth Orchestras and now represents more than 8,000 young players, playing in 108 orchestras, countrywide. Visit www.iayo.ie for more information.Tickets – which are going fast – for the Festival on Saturday, February 8th, are on sale from the National Concert Hall Box Office – 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie, Prices: €15 (Concessions: €10); Children under 14: €7.50; Family Ticket (Family of 4 max. 2 adults): €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 supported by Cork City Council and presents the Festival of Youth Orchestras in association with RTÉ lyric fm. NATIONAL CONCERT HALL DATE FOR DONEGAL’S TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS was last modified: January 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal youth orchestradublinNational Concert Halllast_img read more