The IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras Anniversary concert is taking place on Saturday 7 February 2015. It is a real honour for the school and the Orchestra to have been asked to participate in this special concert. There are not many rehearsal dates left between now and the concert date and the orchestra still has lots of work to complete. In order for the children to be fully ready for the concert, they will require some extra rehearsal sessions between now and the performance date as follows:-

Sun 9th November 12-2pm
Sun 7th December 12-2pm
Sun 11th January 12-2pm
Sun 25th January 12-2pm

I hope that as many children as possible can attend rehearsals on these dates, which will take place in the school. We will issue reminder emails nearer the date. I understand this is a lot of extra work, however the children will be given a break from rehearsals for a couple of weeks after the concert. I would encourage parents to ensure children are practicing the pieces at home.

Tickets are also now on sale for the concert! All tickets can be purchased by contacting the NCH at  014170000 or online at Tickets prices are as follows:-

  • Adults €15 (Concessions: €10)
  • Children (14 and under): €7.50
  • Family ticket: €40 for family of 4
  • 40% discount for Groups of 10 or more
  • 20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall

Please ensure you book for the 8pm performance. Traditionally, tickets sell out very quickly for this event and as we anticipate that a large number of parents will be travelling up from Kilkenny to attend the concert, we would urge you to book your tickets early! All ticket enquiries must be made directly to the NCH – the music committee has nothing to do with ticket sales for this event.

Many Thanks for your continuing support and co-operation.

Ruth O’Leary