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Guitar Orchestras

March 4, 2017

So one of the main things I’ve been focusing on in recent years is Guitar Orchestra I established in 2009 through Athenry Music School. In 2014 I added a second, Junior orchestra as the.level the original one had reached was.making it difficult to bring in new members.
Last summer one of the members of the senior orchestra was accepted into the inaugural Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra which involved a week-long residential camp in Limerick where they worked with the Dublin Guitar Quartet and the Grammy award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet under the baton of David Brophy. 
Having seen their opening.concert in Limericks last summer I decided to look at the option of having a Guitar Orchestra Festival where more young classical guitarists could come together to experience ensemble playing. This tied in nicely with the Athenry Music School’s 10th birthday celebrations this year, and so the inaugural Athenry Guitar Orchestras Festival takes place on April 2nd, in the Community Hall in Athenry. The original line-up for the festival involved the two Athenry orchestras along with one from Limerick and one from Cork. Unfortunately the Cork group has had to withdraw, but is booked in for next year! So, as it stands, there will be three orchestras performing, although I am working on a guest performance. Follow the Facebook event for more updates

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