The first of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Mid-Term Camps took place at Coláiste Nano Nagle this week with a view to creating the Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra (ICOYO), funded by the Creative Ireland Programme, part of a new National Creativity Fund.

At its inaugural camp, students participated in masterclasses and sectionals with members of the ICO and proceedings concluded with a fabulous lunch-time concert at Limerick City Gallery of Art, Pery Square on Thursday 1 November.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra offers opportunities for children to enrich and empower their lives through collaboration, innovation and education. The newly established ICOYO has emerged from direct funding from the Creative Ireland Programme, part of a new National Creativity Fund. This new orchestra caters for children aged 12-18 years. It focuses on orchestral participation and performance, as well as small chamber music groups with individual lessons boosting confidence and skills. It utilises pop, trad, classical and world music styles and allows participants to engage with different string instruments. It explores improvisation, composition and conducting in a safe and creative space. The orchestra will convene on a weekly basis, supplemented by three Mid-Term Camps throughout the year, allowing students to work intensively, during holiday periods. This will enable them to perform and grow as musicians while at the same time, broaden access to arts and culture within local communities.

Requirement
The ICOYO aims for the highest standards of performance, putting a strong emphasis on friendship and fun through learning. The ICOYO requires a minimum of grade 2 ABRSM standard (or equivalent). Students are required to bring their own instruments unless otherwise arranged with the ICO.

If you have a budding young musician at home who is interested in becoming involved with our youth orchestra, please contact Kathrine Barnecutt on 083-363 6505 or kbarnecuttsos@gmail.com.

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