The Laois School of Music Orpheus Orchestra completed a novel idea of a schools tour of Laois last summer.
They and were acknowledged for the project with an IAYO (Irish Association of Youth Orchestras) achievement award, presented by Minister for Children and Young People Frances Fitzgerald at the National Concert Hall. As an independent School of Music, orchestra members come from all over Laois, with a total of 18 primary schools represented. Organising a central venue for a schools concert can be challenging so the idea came to bring the Orchestra out to schools for a visit instead. There was a real sense of being ‘on tour’ in the various schools, and given the success of the tour it looks set to become an annual event for the Orpheus Orchestra.