The Donegal Youth Orchestra are hosting Carlow Youth Orchestra for a concert which starts at 5pm. The DYO headlined at the National Concert Hall in Dublin last year, while Carlow have also performed there frequently and have also played many times in the UK and Europe.
A highlight on the night will undoubted be the closing three pieces, which will be played by the forces of both orchestras – up to 90 young musicians in total.
Vincent Kennedy, the Dublin-based conductor of the DYO, said it’s a wonderful opportunity to hear two youth orchestras who are in excellent form at the moment.
“We have a great bunch of players in Donegal these days and over the past year we’ve been playing at festivals and concerts across the county, from Arranmore Island to Letterkenny to Ballyshannon.
“Carlow also have a lot of talent and have taken great strides under the direction of Majella Swan.”
This will be the first of two concerts – the Donegal Youth Orchestra are making the return trip to Carlow the weekend after Easter, on Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th.
Carlow Youth Orchestra has more than thirty members aged from 12 to 18. They play a range of instruments including violins, violas, cellos, flute, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, piano and percussion.
The orchestra is part of the highly-successful Carlow School of Music, set up by Majella Swan in 1990. Highlights for the orchestra have included a performance with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow.
Majella said they’re all really looking forward to the Donegal trip and plan to have lots of variety in their concert programme.
The Donegal Youth Orchestra has more than sixty members on the books. It’s part of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, the music service of the Donegal Education and Training Board.
Vincent Kennedy said their programme for the concert “will be an eclectic mix of classical, brass, pop, jazz and modern including an accidental tango, a train ride and the joys of a sunny day!”

Admission is €10/€5 concession, with a special rate of €20 for families (two adults, two children). More information from the Donegal Music Education Partnership at musiceducation@donegaletb.ie, www.dmep.ie or 07491 76293.