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We are now accepting applications for new members for our Senior (CYO) and Junior (JCYO) Cork Youth Orchestras & for the String Orchestras (CJRO1/CJRO2).

Closing: Fri. 10th April

Auditions: April/early May

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CYO and 'Fan Liom'

Cork Youth Orchestra are proud to have been part of a wonderful project

'Fan Liom' features one of its current members. The music video will be screened at the CYO's concerts on December 8th in City Hall, Cork.

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Seo Linn's single - Solas

featuring the Cork Youth Orchestra

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Christmas at the Movies 2018

Christmas at The Movies

featuring The Snowman

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of The Snowman. Published in 1978, The Snowman, created and illustrated by Raymond Briggs has become one of the world’s most popular children’s books selling in excess of 8.5 million copies worldwide and being translated into over 15 languages. This well-loved book was adapted for screen by producer John Coates, leading to the Oscar nominated animation with iconic score which first aired in 1982 and has been broadcast on a global scale including Asia, Europe and North America.

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the Cork Youth Orchestra. There have been so many amazing milestones in the orchestras history. Founded in 1958 the Cork Youth Orchestra was the first Youth Orchestra to be established in Ireland. With over 120 members the CYO is Ireland’s largest youth orchestra. The annual Snowman matinee concerts with the Cork Youth Orchestra features unique music/art collaborations with the live drawings of animation artist, Seán O’Brien. We will be joined onstage by the Performance Academy Youth Choir. The narrator is Evelyn Grant and the orchestra is conducted by Tomás McCarthy.

Recent snapshot of the Orchestra’s concerts and soloists:

"The Snowman" - Sir James Galway - Altan - Colm Wilkinson - Michael Ball - Mike Sterling

Sofia Escobar - Hayley Westenra - Linzi Hateley - Michael McCarthy - The Celtic Tenors

Peter Corry - Les Neish - Seo Linn - Mary Hegarty - Joe Corbett - Majella Cullagh

Cara O’Sullivan, Flaithrí Neff

The Orchestra has represented Ireland four times at the FOG Festival of Youth orchestras in Montecatini, Perugia, Florence, Lucca, Arrezo and San Gemignano, Italy. CYO have also performed in Wales, Scotland and the Czech Republic.

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Magical Christmas Matinee

Magical Christmas Matinee

The Snowman December 8th 2018
2 Matinee Concerts!


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Family Concert at 2pm on 28th April, 2018.

60th Anniversary Family Concert

Cork Youth Orchestra was founded in 1958 and celebrates 60 years in April. There have been many memorable milestones too numerous to mention here. CYO is Irelands' first and largest youth orchestra.

This special 60th Anniversary Matinee 2.00pm concert features The Cork Youth Orchestra, the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra, Westend soloists Sofia Escobar and Mike Sterling joined by the CYO Singers and the Performers Academy Youth Choir. The theme will be "Family Favourites From The Movies." The compere is Evelyn Grant from RTE lyricfm and the orchestra is conducted by Tomás McCarthy.

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CYO Anniversary

Upcoming Concerts - Save the date!

On Saturday, 28th April a gala concert will take place in the Cork City Hall featuring The Cork Youth Orchestra (CYO), the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra (JCYO), the Cork Junior Repertory Orchestra (CJRO), and a special orchestra assembled consisting of former Cork Youth Orchestra members.

If you have any photographs of the orchestra in former years, get in touch and share the memories!

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The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin
© Snowman Enterprises Ltd.

The Snowman & Christmas Celebration

City Hall Cork - 9th Dec. 2017

Both Snowman Concerts SOLD OUT

8pm CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - Tickets from tickets.ie or Pro Musica


Mary Hegarty and Joe Corbett

Tickets available for the evening concert with MARY HEGARTY and JOE CORBETT and featuring the Voices of Cork and the Performers Academy Youth Choir. Live drawings from Sean O'Brien. Christmas singalong with all of your favourites! Compere Evelyn Grant.

9th Dec City Hall at 8pm TICKETS from Pro-Musica and online from CYO Christmas Celebration

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