"To Tomás, thank you for a most enjoyable and memorable concert in Cork. I hope to play for you again and to cement my ties with your orchestra and the people of Cork."
James Galway, 2nd December 2005.
The Orchestra has had the pleasure of working with some of Ireland’s finest soloists over many years. CYO toured the Czech Republic in 2004 with soloist Mark O’Keeffe (principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) who performed the Arutjunjan Trumpet Concerto. In 2005 the Orchestra worked and performed with the members the Ulster Orchestra under principal guest conductor, Takuo Yuasa, in City Hall, Cork. The Orchestra’s most ambitious project to date afforded them the rare opportunity to invite Sir James Galway to Cork as their guest soloist on December 1st 2005 as part of the closing sequence of Cork 2005.
CYO has been an active participant in, and supporter of, special needs projects. Beneficiaries of their successful benefit concerts include the Lavanagh Centre (Enable Ireland), St. Vincent de Paul, the Special Olympics Fund, Friends of Chernobyl Children, youth facilities in Bandon, Marymount Hospice and most recently, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, as well as Deerpark C.B.S. where the orchestra holds its weekly rehearsals.
The CYO has engaged actively with the community and has raised considerable sums for deserving causes in recent years.