Auditions 2022

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(Post updated 24th May 2022)

'Creschendo Verde' (Going Green)

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

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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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It is dedicated to Marymount Hospice..

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Seo Linn's single - Solas

featuring the Cork Youth Orchestra

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Masonic Hall Cork

New Term Begins

Rehearsals Begin for a hectic Year, CYChO playing in a Masonic Hall, Colm Wilkinson, Juniors playing in National Concert Hall, not to mention the Festival of Youth Orchestras, Tuscany July 2012

CYO and JCYO will return to rehearsals on the 3rd of September, at Deerpark. Our three orchestras have busy schedules planned. Our Chamber Orchestra has been invited to perform at the City Councils "Culture Night" which will be held on the 23rd of September. The Orchestra will perform in the Masonic Hall in Tuckey St, and should be a very special occasion. The RTE Vanbrugh Quartet have performed at this venue for the last two culture nights, so we are following in special footsteps.

Plans are advanced for our concerts with Colm Wilkinson which will be held on the 10th and 11th of December in the City Hall. Listen out for Colm on 96fm next Tuesday morning (30th). There will be an overnight trip to Killarney to prepare for the City Hall. The Junior Orchestra will perform at the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin in Feb 2012.

Tour plans are progressing with the Tour to Italy, we will be travelling to Tuscany early in July 2012 where we will perform in Florence, Lucca and Montecatini.

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Colm Wilkinson in Concert with the CYO

Colm Wilkinson Tickets

Available from, Xtra-vision, or direct from the Orchestra

Tickets for the Colm Wilkinson concerts were placed on sale to coincide with Colm's appearance on the Season finale of the Late Late Show. Tickets are available from, any Xtra-vision outlet, and direct from the Orchestra. The concerts are to be held on Sat 10th and Sun 11th December 2011.

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Mairead and Ciaran of Altan with CYO

Altan DVD

Video Footage available on DVD

Anyone who attended the Altan CYO concert will know what a special night it was. Two video cameras were used to give the audience close-up live images of the Orchestra and Altan during the concert. This footage was recorded and has been edited into a DVD which is available to purchase. An order-form will be included with the registration forms being posted next week.

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Did You Know

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.





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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.  

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