Wexford Youth Orchestra take part in international music festival in Italy

YOUNG musicians from the County Wexford Youth Orchestra (CYWO) and their conductor Emily Redmond represented Ireland at the recent International Orchestral Festival in San Salvo in Italy.

The 15 music students from all over the county, spent 11 days in Southern Italy performing in sun drenched concerts and workshops with their Italian, Slovakian, and Dutch contemporaries.

Conductor Emily Redmond, said the Wexford students had learned a lot from the unforgettable experience and were interviewed and filmed by several Italian TV stations including RAI 3 and Italia 2.

'The main solo concert for the Wexford orchestra was in the big town square of San Salvo, where the orchestra performed a 70-minute programme of classical, popular, jazz and traditional music,' she said.

Before leaving Ireland some of the orchestra members studied Irish dancing and mumming from the Danescastle traditional group and took their new skills with them to Italy and incorporated it into the various workshops and concerts.

'The reaction from the audience was so positive that I called a meeting with the Mayor Tiziana Magnacca and town councillors to discuss a possible twinning between San Salvo and Wexford town and between the two music schools,' said Emily.

The final concert was a collaboration of all the music students aged from 10 to 25 years from Ireland, Italy, Holland and Slovakia and under the baton of Maestro Simone Genuini from Rome.

Before their sad farewell from Italy, all the Irish students received certificates and t-shirts while Emily received a hand cut glass plaque and bouquet of flowers.The next project for the County Wexford School of Music and the youth orchestra is the Festival of Youth Orchestras at Wexford Opera House in April 2015. This project involves five youth orchestras and two choirs from the county coming together under the baton of composer and conductor Brian Irvin, and this will be the third year of the event.

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