Symphonic Waves


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

Under the guidance of Conductor Prof. James Cavanagh the orchestra has been in monthly rehearsals since 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.

The orchestra is set to continue to make waves in 2019 with plans to expand. Symphonic Waves is calling young, enthusiastic wind, brass, or percussion players from Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Clare or Limerick to get tuned in and get involved. If you are aged between 13 – 18 with a Grade 6 playing standard or above, organisers would love to hear from you.

Auditions for new members will be held on Sunday 16th December 2018 in the Meadow Court Hotel, Loughrea.  For further information contact or phone 091 874 557.

The Symphonic Waves orchestra is a real example of what opportunity and collaboration can achieve.  Our aim in Galway 2020 is to create opportunities, build capacity and collaborate to offer emerging talent and new talent to be given a platform.  What the Symphonic Waves orchestra has already achieved is remarkable, and we look forward to hearing more exciting things from them as we build towards 2020.

Marilyn Gaughan-Reddan, Head of Programme, Galway 2020

As if that wasn’t enough, if you want to get a taste of what the youth orchestra can do, as a pre-Christmas treat for all the family, the orchestra will be taking to the stage to round out 2018 with following shows:

Saturday 15th December

4pm Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo

Sunday 16th December

6pm Meadow Court Hotel, Loughrea


The group will perform repertoire that they have been working on over the last 6 months as well as some seasonal chamber music.  Tickets are €10 and under 18s go free. Tickets will be available on the door or alternatively can be reserved by contacting / 091 874557.

Symphonic Waves Orchestra is on an exciting journey.  What this group of young, vibrant musicians has achieved in a short space of time is incredible, and we can’t wait to see what they can achieve over the next 12 months.  We are thrilled to be expanding in 2019 bringing Symphonic Waves a step closer to being a full symphony orchestra and we encourage other young enthusiastic musicians to get involved and join us on this journey.

Ruth Gordon

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