The 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras took place on Saturday 13 February 2016 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. For the second year in a row, the festival featured music by DkIT lecturer and composer Ciarán Hope.
The festival saw over 450 young musicians from around Ireland performing classical works and arrangements in a variety of styles. This year, Fingal Youth Orchestra and Carlow Youth Orchestra combined to perform two of Ciarán’s works - A Spring Morning and The Erry Jig, which were programmed alongside popular works from the canon including John Williams’ Star Wars Theme and The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky.
Ciarán lectures in music at DkIT where students are required and encouraged to engage with a wide range of musical styles. All students on the BA (Hons) Applied Music programme engage in classical music performance, the history of Western Art Music and composition as part of their studies and DkIT offers a valuable path for participants in the IAYO to pursue qualifications in music as a step towards a rewarding career. As well as undergraduate opportunities, students have opportunities to pursue further study to MA and PhD levels, including in both composition and performance.
Also participating over the weekend were ensembles from Music Generation Louth who rehearse weekly in the Carroll Building at DkIT, home of the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music. These include the Senior Strings who performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin to open the festival’s afternoon concert. We look forward to welcoming many of these young musicians onto our programmes at DkIT in the future.