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Ireland's First Youth Orchestra formed in 1958

''The inspiration to form a CORK YOUTH ORCHESTRA came. in the first instance, as a result of that memorable visit early in the year of the world-renowned National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.''........quote from The Cork Examiner on July 2nd 1958.

Mr Michael O'Callaghan. M.A. B.Mus was the founding counductor. In Michaels opinion, the founding and supporting of the Cork Youth Orchestra was a vital historic event in he world of music in this country........quote from The Cork Examiner on July 2nd 1958.

After the Inaugural concert in the Aula Maxima, UCC, there was a reception in the Imperial Hotel.

A presentation was made to the conductor.


The Conductor

.....quote from The Irish Press friday Jan 30th 1959......

Perhaps the most self effacing person there was Michael o'Callaghan, the earnest, hard-working conductor who has done the teaching and the coaxing, the inspiring, the encouraging and the disciplining over the past few months.

A gentle, quiet-spoken and unassuming man without a trace of cynicism or side in his make up, he is the father of six children and teacher of music at Christian College.

A visitor who was presentat a class of his a few years ago told me he had never been so quickly, so memorably illuminated, as during a short lesson of Michael O'Callaghan's to a class of small boys. I have heard, too, that his brilliant lectures at boarding schoolsin the country have the same results.

He is an inspired teachernot only because of his great love of musicbu also because of his sence of the importance of children. Nothing is too good for them, in the spiritual sense, ''but the best thing of all'is the good example of parentsand teachers.'' He means it when he tells youthat he is 'privilaged to teach.' With such a man directing it the Youth Orchestra should attain maturity and distinction.





Created on: 2011-06-16 14:17:38
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Evening Echo article on Altan and CYO concert May 2011

ALTAN in Concert with the Cork Youth Orchestra

1,000 Fill City Hall to see Trad music fuse with Classical

MORE than 1,000 people filled City Hall to witness a unique fusion of traditional music with a classical orchestra as Altan played with the Cork Youth Orchestra. The Sold-out concert was a huge success and the stunning musical performances merited an instant standing ovation from the awe-struck crowd.  

Created on: 2011-06-16 13:32:14

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