Mayo Youth Orchestra flying high in Vienna

MEMBERS of the Mayo Youth Orchestra (MYO) departed on a trip to Vienna today (Thursday). The youngsters are flying high as the 2013/2014 season has been one of the best so far for the musicians of the orchestra.

They have gone from strength to strength over the years and are extremely proud of their achievements as a group and as musicians. Under the direction of Dervilla Hynes and Anne Moriarty-Martin, the MYO have performed in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, as part of the IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras.
They performed at the Presidential Garden Party at Arás an Úachtarán for President Michael D. Higgins and opened the show for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Fergus Sheil, where they performed alongside one of the world’s most famous and celebrated violinists, Tasmin Little.

They took part in workshops with Juilliard Schools finest ‘Attacca Quartet’, thanks to Music Network and Music Generation Mayo, performed for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of Mayo Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA), and at the beginning of May, and they hosted and performed with the Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, earlier this month.

To top off this year of fantastic achievements they will be performing in the ‘One Future’ World Orchestra Festival, in Vienna from today until Monday, July 28. This is a fantastic opportunity for the young musicians. They will be taking part in master classes with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and with professors from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

MYO will be also performing in master classes at the Vienna Boys’ Choir Concert Hall as well as the famous Golden Hall of Musikverein.

The teachers, parents and members of the Mayo Youth Orchestra have been working tirelessly in order to fundraise for the tour to Vienna and thanks is extended to their supporters for their continued dedication and support.

Follow the progress of the tour on