“The Ulster Youth Orchestra exists to enable young people from throughout Northern Ireland to achieve their musical potential through the provision of the highest quality of professional tuition.”
Now celebrated as one of the leading youth orchestras in the UK, the award winning Ulster Youth Orchestra was initiated by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in October 1993. Working in close association with the five Education and Library Boards, the organisation brings together the most talented young instrumentalists aged 14-23 from throughout Northern Ireland for residential courses and concerts, CD recordings, special projects, workshops and events. The Ulster Youth Orchestra provides the highest level of musical training from leading professional musicians and distinguished conductors.
The Ulster Youth Orchestra is a cross community organisation. Annual auditions are held throughout Northern Ireland and the young players are selected purely on the basis of musical ability regardless of religion or social background.
The orchestra brings the remarkable chance for our best young musicians to take on an ambassadorial role for Northern Ireland in the national and international concert world.
Since the first course in August 1994, the orchestra has involved approximately 2000 young musicians from all sections of the community, and played to total audiences of over 15,000 in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Germany. Performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. In 2000 it won the prestigious international arts award; the Premiale Imperial from the Japan Arts Association.
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