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The West of Ireland’s Newest Youth Orchestra seeks young string players for 2018

Symphonic Waves

Music Generation Galway County and Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 invite young string musicians resident in, based in or taking lessons in Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Clare or Limerick to participate in the Symphonic Waves ensemble in 2018.

Membership of Symphonic Waves is open to young string players aged between 13 and 21 who have reached at least Grade 6 playing standard. The orchestra will rehearse and perform under the baton of Professor James Cavanagh and with support from the Galway Quartet in Residence (ConTempo quartet) and high level professional players and teachers from the region.

Symphonic Waves is the first of a number of programmes to be rolled out by Music Generation Galway County since it was selected to participate in Music Generation in September 2017. Recruitment for musicians to deliver a range of performance music education programmes with Music Generation Galway County will begin in the coming months.

Symphonic Waves promises to provide a full and challenging programme of rehearsals and performances in 2018. Members will participate in a six-day residential programme from 19 - 25 August in Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre in Clonbur, County Galway in addition to a short residential during the October mid-term. Performance opportunities are also planned in Galway and Cork.

Beyond 2018, the ensemble will play a significant part in the celebrations of Galway as European Capital of Culture in 2020. Hannah Kiely, Chief Executive of Galway 2020, said ‘Symphonic Waves will be a wonderful asset, not just to the young musicians of Galway County and City, but to the wider regional community, and the generations to come. As a part of Galway 2020, we seek to create projects that will have a lasting impact on the people of Galway, and our communities. Symphonic Waves, under the stewardship of James Cavanagh, is one such project, which offers a wonderful opportunity to encourage and foster excellence in music in Galway.’

Application forms are now available by email from The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 1 June 2018. New members are invited to submit an application form with a nomination from their instrumental teacher confirming they have achieved the required playing, musicianship and sight-reading standard.

For further information about this and other initiatives and programmes at Music Generation Galway County contact:
Louise Ryan
T: 091 874500