Symphonic Waves


Last weekend marked a big milestone for Galway 2020 project, Symphonic Waves, with the coming together of all instrumental sections to perform its first concert as a full youth orchestra.

To mark this milestone, on Sunday, strings, wind, brass and percussion played together for the first time, working on a challenging repertoire by Beethoven and Dvorak.

New members were welcomed with a samba drumming workshop with Brian Ferguson from Funky Drums, and the rehearsal finished with a short informal performance.

Symphonic Waves is a West of Ireland Youth Orchestra which was established in 2017 as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, in collaboration with Music Generation Galway County.

The idea for the ensemble grew from a need to provide high level progression pathways and ensemble performance opportunities for advanced young musicians aged between 13 and 21 years from Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Clare, and Limerick.

Under the guidance of Conductor Prof. James Cavanagh, the orchestra has been in monthly rehearsals since last July and has taken part in intensive residentials and received mentorships from Galway Music Residency’s ConTempo Quartet, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Symphonic Waves will continue to showcase the wealth of musical talent of the region throughout this year and next, creating a sustainable performance music education legacy for young musicians on Ireland’s western seaboard.  At the end of June, the orchestra will perform its first symphony orchestra.

Galway 2020 Programme Manager, Marilyn Gaughan Reddan said; “Galway 2020 is delighted to have been part of establishing this project. It’s great to see Symphonic Waves progressing so wonderfully; the quality of the work of the young musicians who are part of this orchestra is exceptional. This is such an inspiring youth-led project, which will leave a wonderful legacy for young musicians in the west. We’re very excited to see what’s in store as the orchestra progresses throughout this year and next.”

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