Members of the Julianstown Youth Orchestra at the event with Northern Ireland composer Brian Irvine.
THERE WAS a treat in store for the members of the Julianstown Youth Orchestra at one of their recent rehearsals when they had the privilege to welcome the wonderful Northern Ireland composer Brian Irvine, a unique figure in Irish music, who arrived to take the rehearsal.
Born in Belfast, Brian Irvine’s huge body of work includes orchestral works, chamber music, operas, film scores as well as solo and ensemble pieces.
The orchestra (over 50 strong) were thrilled with the exercises and guidance they received from Brian who captured and held their attention throughout the rehearsal. There was much laughter and some very unusual musical techniques and exercises.
There has been other good news for the orchestra which has just received a grant of €9,000 and have purchased new strings and percussion which they are lending out to students.
The group will soon have over 70 members, and founder and conductor Fergus Sheil is opening up a whole new world of experiences and opportunities for these youngsters.
There is also now have a junior string orchestra which consists of the younger, newer players who are being primed for entry into the full orchestra.
The orchestra plan to perform in the Drogheda are in the near future so watch out for their appearances. The first one is at 7.30pm on 30th March as pre-concert entertainment for ‘Niamh Browne and Friends in Concert’ in St Peter’s Church of Ireland.
Their end of year concert is being held in May and more information on that will be available in due course.