'Creschendo Verde' (Going Green)

Cork Youth Orchestra featuring Mozambican rap artist Dom Júnior, musician Basílio Nvumba and orchestrator Paul Frost

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Donate €20 to our #trees4change campaign and we will plant 5 trees in your name.

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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It is dedicated to Marymount Hospice..

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Seo Linn's single - Solas

featuring the Cork Youth Orchestra

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CYO in Concert with TRUE TIDES

A Christmas tradition with the Cork Youth Orchestra

The Snowman movie live with Ireland's largest orchestra.

CYO is celebrating 61 years of performance in Ireland and abroad. The orchestra will present 3 concerts in City Hall Cork on the 14th Dec, 2019. The Snowman will be performed at all three concerts.

12 noon The Snowman: Magical Christmas Matinee

2pm The Snowman: Magical Christmas Matinee

8pm CYO and The Snowman featuring TRUE TIDES

Renowned animator, Seán O'Brien will add his magical touches to the big screen.

also appearing will be fabulous Performers Academy Youth Choir.

Cork Youth Orchestra are delighted to announce that TRUE TIDES will be the guest artists for the 8pm concert.

Our 8pm concert sees the Cork Youth Orchestra continuing to innovate and set new challenges for their performances and have once again branched out in a new direction with their fully orchestrated performances of TRUE TIDES @truetidesband most recent and brand new songs. The CYO Singers and the Performers Academy Youth Choir will also perform.

TRUE TIDES are Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeny. The three brothers play energetic pop music with irresistible hooks and layered vocal harmonies at its core.

Their single 'Automatic' achieved widespread air-play, staying in the Top 20 Irish Radio charts throughout late 2018. They sold out their first headline show at Soundhouse, Dublin, played their first headline tour in 2019 to packed-out venues around Ireland including Whelans, Dublin and played the main stage at Independence, Cork. They also supported The Coronas, All Tvvins, The Academic and Wild Youth at sold out shows including Independent Park, Big Top Galway, Iveagh Gardens, Opera House Cork and The Olympia. True Tides were included on the 2FM Rising Star stage at Other Voices and made their national television debut on The Late Late Show in April 2019. True Tides will be supporting Picture This at their sold out show in the INEC, Killarney December 2019. With their fourth single scheduled for release soon, 2020 promises to be an explosive year for the 3 brothers, Cian, Conir and Eoghan.

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Cork Youth Orchestra is launching #trees4change in Ireland, a new positive action, climate change project, to renew our environment in Tramore Valley Walk this November.

Playing violins in park

The goal of the #trees4change campaign is to reduce the carbon footprint of Cork Youth Orchestra by planting up to 1,000 native Irish trees in Tramore Valley Walk by the end of November this year, with the support of the families, friends, past members of Cork Youth Orchestra and Cork City Council

As an organisation, CYO are nurturing young musicians from the generation that will be tasked with dealing with the damaging consequences of climate change and we are implementing a new positive environment initiative.

Commenting on the #trees4change campaign, Tomás McCarthy, conductor of CYO said, "Since 1958 the CYO has generated paper, equivalent to approximately 100 trees and many of our instruments have been crafted from trees. We aim to replace these 100 with 1,000 trees initially. As a result, we are launching this project, #trees4change in Ireland, in an attempt to reinstate what we are taking out of the environment. We feel that the most beneficial and far-reaching environmental action we can take is by planting native Irish trees (Oak, Willow, Rowan, Hazel, Birch). We have challenged our members and families to help us with this tree planting initiative, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of Cork Youth Orchestra and especially raising awareness among members. This is a positive action, climate change project."

Playing violins in park

Native Irish Trees play an overwhelmingly positive role in carbon sequestration, biodiversity, water filtration, flood control, soil fertility security, recreation and wellbeing. The planting of 6 trees, could help neutralise the amount of carbon one person would generate in a lifetime.

CYO would welcome support from members of local communities to join in. If you wish to support them in their #trees4change campaign you can make a contribution of €20 to CYO and for this the Cork Youth Orchestra will plant 5 native Irish trees (Oak, Willow, Rowan, Hazel, Birch), on your behalf. It’s a small price for a greener future.

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Altan and CYO in City Hall 2019

A wonderful night of music and song!

Thanks to Altan, the Lee Singers and Cork Youth Orchestra for another incredible concert at City Hall, Cork. 11th May 2019.

Altan in rehearsal

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CYO in Concert with ALTAN

City Hall 11th May 2019

Conductor: Tomás McCarthy

...with guests The Lee Singers conducted by Ann Healy Mayes

Co-Leaders: Irina Riedewald & Sidney Uzik

Compere: Evelyn Grant

Following on from their recent performance at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Cork Youth Orchestra will conclude their 2018-2019 season with a Gala Concert on Saturday the 11th of May 2019 with special guests, the internationally acclaimed group, ALTAN. We are really looking forward to working with Altan again, and bringing to Cork the best of Traditional Irish Music and Song with the backing of a 120 piece orchestra under conductor Tomás McCarthy. Altan music is orchestrated by Fiachra Trench. The orchestra will also be joined by guests The Lee Singers, conductor Ann Healy Mayes. It promises to be a night to remember.

Read more...Altan History

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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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