Killian Donnelly will perform for one night only with The Cork Youth Orchestra on Saturday the 9th of December at City Hall, Cork.
Killian is originally from Meath, Ireland. He is to return to London’s ‘Les Misérables’ as Jean Valjean for 15 weeks only from 31st October 2023
Some of Killian’s other roles include: The Phantom in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Jean Valjean in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Les Misérables (UK and Ireland Tour); after having starred as Valjean in the London original (Queen’s Theatre), returning to the production in which he made his West End debut; his Broadway debut recreating the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York), having originated the role in London (Adelphi Theatre) – 2016 Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Awards Shortlist for Best Musical Performance, and, for the Original London Cast Recording, 2017 Grammy Award Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album; Jackie in Frank McGuinness’ Donegal (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Huey Calhoun in Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre) – 2015 Olivier Award. Some of the ther stage productions that Killian has appeared in include: The Commitments, Billy Elliot the Musical, Michael Collins, Sweeney Todd, The Full Monty, West Side Story, The Wireman, Singin’ in the Rain.
The orchestra will also perform The Snowman and many Christmas favourites plus unique music/art collaborations including live on-screen animations from France based animation artist, Seán O’Brien. We will be joined onstage by the Performers Academy Youth Choir. (This concert concert begins at 8.00pm)

Cork Youth Orchestra Presents - The Snowman: Magical Christmas Matinee

On the 9th and 10th of December at City Hall, Cork, The Cork Youth Orchestra will present, 1-hour matinee concerts at 12.00pm and 2.00pm, featuring The Snowman and many Christmas favourites plus unique music/art collaborations including live on-screen animations from France based animation artist, Seán O’Brien. We will be joined onstage by the Performers Academy Youth Choir.
Animations: Sean O'Brien
Narrator: Evelyn Grant
Conductor: Tomás McCarthy

Ticket Information
Parterre: €14.50 Incl. booking fee
Doors 11:15am | Performance Starts 12pm
This is a one-hour long, fully-seated show.

Reflections of Ireland in aid of Cork Penny Dinners.

The concert, titled ‘Reflections of Ireland’ is in aid of the very special charity, Cork Penny Dinners to support their important work helping the homeless. This concert marks the beginning of the CYO ‘Reflections of Ireland’ Concert Tour to Italy. It will feature ‘The Brendan Voyage’ by Shaun Davey, with soloist Shane Keating, on Uilleann Pipes. The orchestra will also perform Leroy Anderson’s ‘Irish Suite’, ‘Aisling’ by Dr Declan Townsend and ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ by A.J. Potter. The orchestra will also play one of their favourite pieces, ‘Danzon No.2’ by Arturo Marquez.

The ‘Reflections of Ireland’ Concert Tour to Italy under conductor Tomás McCarthy, will then depart from Cork to Italy to represent Ireland at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras / Festival Orchestre Giovanili, a festival dedicated to youth orchestras held annually in the Tuscany and Umbria regions of Italy. 

CYO will perform open air concerts in Montecatini, Volterra and Florence, on July 4th, 6th and 8th

This tour is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Orchestra/Concert/ Italy 2023 tour sponsors:

Harris Group, O’Leary Life, The Pavilion, O’Flynn Group, PepsiCo.

City Hall Cork is one of Ireland’s premier orchestral performance venues and this concert promises to be another really memorable experience for our orchestra members. It will be a fabulous celebration of the hard work and dedication of our members who have been rehearsing since January in preparation for this concert and the concert tour to Italy. 

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We are so proud of the Junior Cork Youth Orchestra who performed so beautifully in the National Concert Hall on Saturday 11th February, as part of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestra’s Festival. Well done to all of you. Thanks to Bereniece Riedewald who came along to photograph the very special event.

8pm on the 10th of December at City Hall, Cork, The Cork Youth Orchestra in concert with Cian Ducrot

Conductor: Tomás McCarthy

Cork Youth Orchestra will present ONE Evening concert at 8.00pm.

We are delighted to welcome former orchestra member, Cian Ducrot to perform with the CYO this Christmas. This is a unique chance to see Cian perform a full set of his songs with Ireland’s largest orchestra. Cian’s songs have been orchestrated by Paul Frost, one of Ireland’s premier arranger/orchestrators. If you have been lucky enough to watch Cian live in concert, seeing Cian with an orchestra of 140 behind him would be amazing if not awesome. Check out Cian Ducrot at

The concert will begin with a screening of The Snowman followed by some Christmas favourites with the orchestra and The Performers Academy Youth Choir plus live onscreen drawings by France based animator, Seán O’Brien. Our guest soloist, Cian Ducrot will perform in the second half.

A Christmas tradition!

The Snowman:
On the 10th of December at City Hall, Cork, The Cork Youth Orchestra will present FOUR 1-hour matinee concerts featuring The Snowman and many Christmas favourites plus unique music/art collaborations including live on-screen animations from France based animation artist, Seán O’Brien. We will be joined onstage by the Performers Academy Youth Choir.

Performers Academy Youth Choir

Animations: Seán O’Brien

Narrator: Evelyn Grant

Conductor: Tomás McCarthy

CYO has a fabulous concert lined up.

For CYO's first concert since December 2019, we are going to do something very special. We are going to be Bridging The Gap with our friends True Tides.

The amazing 2019 event was our last live concert and we are delighted to announce that True Tides are back with us for one concert only on Saturday, May 21st at 8pm. We know how much fun it was when True Tides played with us at our concert in December 2019 and we are sure we will all have the same fun this time! Some new songs and launching their new single. We are all really excited about being back in the City Hall which up to very recently was being used as a Vaccination centre. We didn’t think that we would be in the City Hall before next Christmas.

We expect the tickets to go quickly as our wonderful supporters are already busy snapping them up. Thank you to all of our followers for sticking with us over the past two years. We have been working very hard in the background rehearsing for our first performance and hope you can all be with us for this very special event. We are looking forward to having the Performers Academy Choir back with us again for the concert. We only have four rehearsals left before the concert so it is closer than you think! Click on the yellow link above now to get your tickets.

Harris Group provides Cork Youth Orchestra with a number of Swiss Air Purifiers that allows the Orchestra to safely return to rehearsal

Harris Group, Ireland's leading commercial vehicle distributor, is delighted to announce its continued partnership with Cork Youth Orchestra. In addition to financial support, Harris Group has also provided a number of Swiss Air Purifiers that allows the Orchestra to safely return to rehearsing and preparing for upcoming concerts. Cork Youth Orchestra, under musical director Tomás McCarthy, has also found a new home for its rehearsals, Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, Cork.

Denise Harris, Harris Group CEO said: “I am thrilled to see Cork Youth Orchestra back again and stronger than ever. There is no doubt that the last 18 months has been difficult for everyone, but it must have been exceptionally hard on young people who are passionate about playing music and showcasing their creativity. 

“Harris Group has a long history of working with businesses in and around Cork City so our partnership with Tomás and the Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity to give back and to invest in the Cork community. I'm really looking forward to seeing Cork Youth Orchestra back in concert very soon."

Founded in 1958, the Cork Youth Orchestra is firmly embedded in the cultural fabric of Cork and Ireland's oldest and largest youth orchestra with over 130 members, between 13-18 years of age. 

Tomás McCarthy, Musical Director for the Cork Youth Orchestra said: We are delighted with the continued support from Harris Group. We would have found it very difficult to rehearse safely in numbers without the donation of the Air Purifiers and the financial support really helps with our costs, which have been substantial this year.

“We have been very fortunate to find a wonderful new home to rehearse in the Ursuline Secondary School. We have invested a significant amount to help to prepare the school hall in terms of acoustics for Orchestra rehearsals so support such as that from Harris Group is extremely welcome."

Tomás added: “I would also like to acknowledge Patrick McBeth, Principal at Ursuline Secondary School for allowing us use the school's fantastic facilities; without it we really wouldn't be in a position to return safely."

CORK Youth Orchestra has achieved a new personal best by selling out their Christmas concert earlier than ever before.

Read the Evening Echo article by Amy Nolan

Members of the Cork Youth Orchestra, proudly unveiling a sponsorship with commercial vehicle distributor Harris Group. Included are Tómas McCarthy, Musical Director and orchestra members Caoimhe Neff, Faustyna Long, Siobhán McCarthy, Anna Janssen, Glen Lyons and Brefní Burke. Pic: Brian Lougheed

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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