THE Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra, based at Limerick School of Music are running free classes for talented guitar players this summer.
The course run by the Guitar Orchestra will consist of a full week of rehearsals and workshops and a short three date tour at St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and CIT in Cork and the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Each venue was selected specifically not only because of its acoustic suitability to this specific project, but also because of its prestige to add to the sense of accomplishment earned by the students.
The Youth Guitar Orchestra is a new youth driven initiative unlike any that has taken place in Ireland and is driven by founder and director, John O’Shea.
There are no tuition fees for students of the IYGO course. The entirety of the organisational and teaching staff of the IYGO are working on an unpaid, voluntary basis.
The team at the orchestra fundraise throughout the year to cover operating costs. Central to the project was the assembling of a roster of artists that will give the students the best possible education over the course of the event. David Brophy, the former head of the RTE Concert Orchestra for many years, will be taking part.