Symphonic Waves is an exciting new youth orchestra for the West of Ireland, inspiring young musicians to achieve their highest musical potential.

It will showcase the wealth of musical talent of the region and create a sustainable performance music education legacy for young musicians on Ireland’s western seaboard.  

Formed in 2017, the idea for the ensemble came from the music education community in Galway who saw the need for high-level progression pathways and performance opportunities for advanced young musicians aged between 13 and 21 years from Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Clare, and Limerick.  Symphonic Waves is produced by Music Generation Galway County.



Bid Book Process/ Consultation/Project conceived/Submitted to Galway 2020  


Auditions for members held in February 2017, with monthly rehearsals. Erasmus funding secured and exchange with Schoenbuch Strings, Germany with concerts in Clonbur and the Lodge at Ashford. Two performances during Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.  


Symphonic Waves becomes part of Music Generation Galway County in February 2018. James Cavanagh appointed as Artistic Director for Symphonic Waves in May. Residentials include intensive sectional and chamber rehearsals with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  


Monthly rehearsals will continue to build repertoire including newly commissioned work and continuing mentorship with the sectional leaders. 


Key activities will include large-scale performances in the city and county.

Project Partners

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) and Music Generation Galway County, Music Matters, Galway Youth Orchestra, GTI School of Music, Athenry Music School, Coole Music, Headford Music Works, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe  

Project Funders

Music Generation Galway County, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board.  

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