Symphonic Waves – Calling Young String Musicians

Creating a lasting legacy for the people of Galway has always been at the heart of Galway 2020’s mission.


Yes, we’re planning a year that will never be forgotten, that will give everyone a chance to experience the wonder of creativity. But with our programme, we also aim to set the foundations for a lasting legacy that will benefit generations to come. This isn’t just about the year 2020.

Symphonic Waves youth ensemble is one such project. Created in 2017, Symphonic Waves aims to inspire this and future generations of young musicians to reach their potential, while creating a sustainable music education legacy for young people.

In an exciting opportunity, the ensemble is now inviting expressions of interest from talented young string musicians (aged 13-21) to take part in the ensemble in 2018. Young musicians in Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Clare and Limerick are welcome to participate in Symphonic Waves.

The youth ensemble was conceived of by members of Galway Music Education Partnership (Galway MEP) and grew from a need to provide high level progression pathways and advanced ensemble performance opportunities for young musicians across the western seaboard.

Since its inception last year, the orchestra has had the opportunity to work with high level artists, including a mentorship programme with RTÉ ConTempo Quartet. The orchestra also participated in a ten-day Erasmus-funded youth exchange, in addition to performing in Clonbur, the Lodge at Ashford Castle and in the Town Hall Theatre as part of the Baboró International Arts Festival.

Symphonic Waves is managed by Music Generation Galway County. Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme – a Music Network initiative, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships. Symphonic Waves is also supported by GRETB, Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Galway County Council, Galway City Council, Udarás na Gaeltachta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Music Generation.

The ensemble has just appointed a new conductor for 2018- Professor James Cavanagh. Prof Cavanagh is Head of Performing Groups at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he is also professor of trumpet, lectures in conducting and conducts the RIAM Symphony and Intermediate Orchestras. Beyond 2018, the ensemble will play a significant part in the programme for Galway as European Capital of Culture in 2020, so there are many more exciting times ahead.

Application forms are available by email from

The closing date for submission of Expression of Interest forms is Friday 1 June 2018.

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