The 2018 Festival of Youth Orchestras will see almost 500 young musicians take to the stage of the National Concert Hall to perform a variety of music played by young people for young people – from the standard classical repertoire to music from the movies, pop tunes arranged for orchestra and new music by Irish Composers. The 2018 edition will include Hungarian Dances by Brahms, music from Star Wars, Carmen, the Pirates of the Caribbean, Sesame Street, Duke Ellington and much more. There will also be modern Irish works by Elaine Agnew, Vincent Kennedy and Michael Holohan. It’s a family-friendly event not to be missed.

Presented by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras

3pm Performance

St Peter’s NS String Orchestra & Royal Irish Academy of Music Junior Strings, Dublin
Drogheda Young Orchestral Players
Mayo Youth Orchestra
Cork ETB Youth Orchestra

8pm Performance

Musica Fusion Orchestra, Charleville, Cork
Young European Strings Chamber Orchestra, Dublin
Laois School of Music Orchestra
Donegal Youth Orchestra

Full programme details will be available here shortly.

Irish Youth Wind Ensemble from the 2015 edition of the Festival.


Tickets are available from the National Concert Hall Box Office on 01 417 0000 and online at

Full Price: €15 (Concession: €10)
Children (14 and under): €7.50
Family Ticket (4 tickets minimum 1 adult): €40
40% discount for Groups of 10 or more
20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall

What’s it about?

Find out more on our 2oth anniversary website – videos, interviews with previous participants and more.

The Festival of Youth Orchestras is presented by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, funded by The Arts Council and supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.