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About

The aim of the Fingal Youth Orchestra is to teach, foster a love of, and perform classical orchestral music for 8 – 19 year olds, using professional music teachers as conductors and tutors.

It draws members from all over the Fingal area and beyond, and currently has  50 players.  Parents are family members of the Orchestra, with a vote at meetings. 

The Orchestra is a not-for-profit profit organisation, run by a voluntary committee elected each year at the AGM, with committee members drawn from current and past parents.  Funding is from a combination of family subscriptions, voluntary donations, grants and awards, and direct fundraising by parents and players.

We are affiliated to the IAYO (Irish Association of Youth Orchestras), and every few years we perform as part of its “Festival of Orchestras” in the National Concert Hall.

As the County Orchestra of Fingal, we perform our Annual Celebration Concert in the county theatre  Draiocht, in Blanchardstown.  We have also performed in a variety of public venues, and have played for former Uachtarain na hEireann Mary McAleese (at her invitation), and two of our concerts were opened by former Taoiseach,  Bertie Ahern.

Awards include:

  • an IAYO “Organisational Achievement” Award at the “Festival of Orchestras”, sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority;
  • a Dublin Bus Community Support GAProgramme award;
  • an EBS Community Grant);
  • the Arts, Community and Culture award at Fingal County’s Mayor’s Community Awards);
  • the Overall Community Group of the Year award at the same event.

Our Constitution can be viewed here.