Our Senior Orchestra aims to provide a fun and sociable outlet where players of all abilities can enjoy playing their instruments together. We see the Senior Orchestra as a continuation of the musical journey where players can challenge their musical talents and improve their skills while making and developing friendships. Members of this orchestra are generally attending secondary school and range in age from 12-18 years but there are no hard and fast rules. While many of the players have been playing their instruments for years, there are many others who are just beginning to play an instrument and others still, who choose to change instruments at this stage. Music is arranged for players according to their individual ability and we have players of all abilities.
The focus is on personal development through orchestral performance of classical, popular and contemporary works. The Senior Orchestra has also been involved with artistic and challenging projects where members are involved in performance, composition, conducting and management.
We have a wide range of instruments in the Senior Orchestra. Our string section has violins, violas, cellos and double basses; in our wind and brass section we often have flutes, piccolo, oboes, clarinets, bass clarinet, trumpets, French horns, trombones and bassoon. We also have a very exciting percussion section complete with timpani drums, bass drums, snare drums, cymbals and a glockenspiel as well as many other smaller percussion instruments. Many of our players own their instruments but we also have an instrument rental policy particularly for some of the more expensive and less common instruments.
Rehearsals are held in Coláiste na hInse in Laytown every Friday evening from 6.30-8.30pm. This includes a short break where we provide refreshments and the players get time to chat. Individual instrument lessons and group theory classes are available to members of the orchestra in the school on a Saturday morning.
Our performances over the year usually include a major performance such as our 2017 project, Gesamtkunstwerk as well as an end of year performance usually with the Junior Orchestra.
We welcome all parents and potential players to come any Friday evening to observe a rehearsal to see how it all works; committee members are always on hand to provide information and answer any questions.