Latest Laois Event: Laois Trad Orchestra to play at NCH

Latest Laois Event: Laois Trad Orchestra to play at NCH

Laois Trad Orchestra at The National Concert Hall Saturday, February 10th

The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras  (IAYO) is delighted to return to the National Concert Hall on Saturday, February 10th, for theirAnnual Festival of Youth Orchestras and one of the orchestras selected to appear this year is Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra. This celebration of Irish Youth Orchestras, and their talented members, features a great variety of music played by young people, for young people. There are two concerts, one at 1.00pm and one at 7.30pm, featuring classics such as Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Shostakovich’s Waltz No 2, a John Williams’ Trilogy and the Irish Premiere of Coole Music Youth Orchestra’s Katharina Baker’s Celtic Creature Suite,featuring Selkies and the Púca!

The Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra, are very excited to perform excerpts from their new suite of music, The Impossible Dream,composed by Martin Tourish and the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra at this year’s IAYO festival. This music celebrates the achievements of Portlaoise Aviator James Fitzmaurice, who was part of the very first successful transatlantic flight from East to West, from Baldonnel to Canada, in 1928. This composition project has been a labour of love for all involved, a lockdown project that inspired and sustained us musically and socially, which we premiered outdoors in Portlaoise under a heated canopy in December 2021.

”Martin Tourish is a wonderful musician and composer, who we have been so fortunate to work with in Laois on numerous projects, Martin will conduct the orchestra on the night in the NCH. We have a fantastic, talented, team of young traditional musicians from County Laois, and our neighbouring county Tipperary, directed by Harper Siobhan Buckley, who make up our Trad Orchestra and who will bring this story to life in our National Concert Hall on 10th February. This will be a celebratory night for County Laois, and we are very grateful to Creative Ireland Laois, and Laois Heritage Society, who have supported this project from the outset” says Rosa Flannery from Music Generation Laois

St Agnes’ CCMA Chamber Music Orchestra is collaborating with Carlow Youth Orchestra, Kiltra School of Music and St Peter’s NS Orchestra to perform. This collaboration will give the players musical experiences which they could not otherwise experience, playing full-scored music for string orchestras. At the IAYO Festival, they will perform the commissioned work, Three Irish Counties by Ailbhe Kehoe. The piece incorporates traditional Irish tunes from the counties in which they are based: Dublin, Wexford and Carlow

“We are delighted that the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras’ Festival of Youth Orchestras will be at the National Concert Hall in February with nearly 500 young musicians from across Ireland returning to perform on their national stage” says Allin Gray, CEO of the IAYO, “we will once again hold two performances – 2.30pm and 7pm – with eight orchestras coming to Dublin from Cork, Waterford, Carlow, Galway, Dublin City, Limerick, Wexford and Laois, showcasing the incredible talent that Ireland’s youth orchestras have to offer. We are excited for all the young performers, many of whom will not have had the opportunity to perform on such a prestigious stage as the National Concert Hall and we’re looking forward to creating the best possible experience for them on the day.”

1 pm: 
Kylemore Music Centre Orchestra

SETU Budding Bows

Irish Chamber Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Coole Music Youth Orchestra


Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra

Carlow Youth Orchestra, Kiltra School of Music Youth Orchestra, St Agnes’ CCMA Chamber Orchestra & St Peter’s NS Orchestra

Ceol na Mara Orchestra

MTU Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra

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The Festival of Youth Orchestras is funded by The Arts Council and supported by RTE Supporting the Arts