Italian trip hits all the right notes with Wexford Youth Orchestra

By Maria Pepper

Published 20/08/2016 | 00:00

A scene from one of the performances in San Salvo, Italy.
A scene from one of the performances in San Salvo, Italy.
Musicians from County Wexford Youth Orchestra who performed in Italy.
Members of County Wexford Youth Orchestra who have returned from performing at an orchestra festival in Italy.
County Wexford Youth Orchestra members who spent 22 days in San Salvo, Italy.
Members of the County Wexford Youth Orchestra who spend 11 days in San Salvo, Italy. Picture by Padraig Grant

Talented members of the County Wexford Youth Orchestra based in Summerhill in Wexford town have just returned from an international orchestra festival in San Salvo, Italy.

A group of 26 musicians from the Wexford orchestra auditioned for the 11-day event called 'Music Inclusion' and were chosen to travel to Italy along with their conductor Emily Redmond.

Students from Conservatoires in Spain, Slovakia, Italy and Ireland attended the international festival with a total of 160 musicians taking part. The young participants engaged rehearsed for eight hours each day in preparation for two finale concerts of repertoire including pieces from Lord of the Rings, West Side Story, Harry Potter and two Beethoven Symphonies.

The County Wexford Youth Orchestra, with musicians from New Ross, Enniscorthy, Bunclody, Gorey and Wexford town, also performed a solo concert in the town square for the Mayor of San Salvo and other local dignatories and even taught the audience some Mumming.

This was the orchestra's fourth trip abroad. They have competed and received prizes in competitions in Prague (2009) and Bratislava (2011) and featured on Italian TV at another festival in Italy in 2014.

Their next outing will be the Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in Febuary 2017 along with other local events over the coming months.

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