Music Generation Laois in concert. Pic: Alf Harvey
The Laois School of Music Orchestra is to take to the stage at Ireland’s National Concert Hall for the 23rd Annual Festival of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO).
On Saturday, February 10, 55 young musicians from Laois will perform ‘In My Back Garden’, a 20-minute suite of music written for them by renowned composer Elaine Agnew, whose works have been performed worldwide by artists including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and at major festivals including the BBC London Proms.
‘In My Back Garden’ was commissioned in 2015 by Music Generation Laois as part of its ‘New Works Series’ – an ambitious initiative involving the creation of three brand new works, funded by Per Cent for Art through Laois County Council and the Music Generation/Arts Council Partnership.
The suite, written by Elaine Agnew for the Laois School of Music Orchestra and the Music Generation Laois National Schools Choir, was premiered in May 2016 and performed again a year later as part of ‘Music at the Malthouse in May 2017. Elaine developed the suite through a series of workshops with the Youth Orchestra, creating and adapting the score to the versatility and ability of the young musicians. The IAYO Festival will mark the third performance of this impressive piece of music which features text by Ann Egan, sung by members of the Music Generation Laois Singing Programme.
For tickets and more information about the IAYO ‘Festival of Youth Orchestras’ visit: nch.ie or phone the National Concert Hall Box Office at: 01 417 0000.