Talented Sligo young musicians gear up for the National Concert Hall

Academy of Music Sinfonietta prepares for trip to the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Sligo News File Online.

Rehearsals are well under way as the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta prepare for their trip to the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestras, which will take place at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on February 13th.

Formed in 2005, directors have said that this is the second time the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta has been privileged to perform at the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras Festival.

Commenting on the scale of its activities, the Sinfonietta, say directors, “has a busy concert schedule both nationally and internationally with performances in the Czech Republic, Hungary, France and The Netherlands.

“In 2015, members of the Sinfonietta were chosen to perform for Prince Charles during his visit to Ireland.”

The directors said the Festival of Youth Orchestras “was one of the first activities to be undertaken by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras on its formation in 1994. To date, over 7,000 young musicians have performed at the Festival.

“This annual showcase of the very best in Irish Youth Orchestras from around the country will along with Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta also feature Music Generation Louth Senior Strings, Clare Music Makers Orchestra, Roscommon County Youth Orchestra and Moate Community School Orchestra, County Tipperary Ryan Youth Orchestra, Fingal Youth Orchestra with Carlow Youth Orchestra, Queen’s University Symphony Orchestra and Cork School of Music Chamber Orchestra.

This year the Festival will see over 400 young players from around Ireland perform classical works and arrangements for youth orchestra in a variety of styles. Performances by the Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta will include “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, arranged by Meyer, “Brave” arranged by Longfield / Crowley, “It don’t mean a thing” by Ellington & Mills, arranged by Longfield / Crowley, “Downtown Abbey” by Lunn, arranged by Moore / Crowley and “Soul Bossa Nova” by Jones, arranged by Longfield / Crowley.

A family event not to be missed, says directors. Tickets are available from www.nch.ie or from the box office at the National Concert Hall on 01 417 0000.

The Sligo Academy of Music was founded in 2000 by its current Director of Music, Sligo-born musician Niamh Crowley, to create opportunities for instrumental tuition in the classical and jazz genres in the Northwest.

Sligo Academy of MusicThe school offers expert tuition by more than 20 experienced and dedicated teachers and provides individual and group lessons for all ages and levels. The vast majority of the students range in age between 3 and 18 and attend on a part-time basis after school and weekends. The school also caters for a growing number of adults, many of whom are returning to further their music education or to fulfil an ambition to learn a new skill.

All students are encouraged, but not required, to further their training through the Royal Irish Academy of Music exam syllabus and their progress is monitored through annual assessments.

School and class concerts give students the opportunity to share their achievements with family and friends. Many opportunities also arise to perform at various functions throughout the year both locally and nationally.

Once they have achieved a basic level of competence, students are actively encouraged to apply their performing skills by joining one of the School’s many ensembles which regularly perform in Ireland throughout the year.

Many of the school’s past students are pursuing successful careers in the music industry both in performance and education.