Groundbreaking youth orchestra breaks out the Beethoven

Galway daily life & style Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra performing two August concerts

Galway’s exciting new youth orchestra Symphonic Waves is performing two full concerts this month after filling out more sections and completing intense summer rehearsals.

Symphonic Waves Youth Orchestra is a collaboration between Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and Music Generation Galway County.

The idea behind came from a need to provide young musicians between 13 and 21 years old across the west of Ireland with a place where they could reach to a higher level and find new opportunities to perform.

Recently they recruited woodwind, brass and percussion sections, and completed their annual summer residential course in Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre.

In the past they have benefited from working with some of the best musicians in the country in Galway’s Contempo Quartet, as well as the Irish Chamber and RTÉ Concert orchestras.

With a lineup of new sections, and more training under their belt, these talented young musicians are getting ready to perform as a unified orchestra

On 21 August, the orchestra will hold its first performance in Connemara at theatre company Fíbín Teo‘s headquarters atBaile na hAbhann.

Conducted by Professor James Kavanagh, expect performances of pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Hardiman, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, together with classical and popular chamber pieces.

This is a free, family-friendly event and will include some traditional music and a theatre piece by Fíbín.

The next day Symphonic Waves will be playing the same set of great classical music at the Black Box Theatre in Galway city.

Tickets are €9 and available from the Town Hall Theatre website and under 18s are free.

For more information contact the Symphonic Waves administrator by email or call 091 874 557.