The orchestra has made an excellent start and we are now looking to recruit additional members. Our entry requirements are simple - we are looking for enthusiastic young musicians who play an orchestral instrument, ideally at Grade 3 or above. But we also welcome less advanced players who love playing music and would like to get involved. Indeed, if you haven't yet started to play an instrument why not come to one of our rehearsals to listen and speak to one of our team who may be able to help you to find a teacher or an instrument that you'd like!
Our aim is for our members to enjoy making music and learning about it at the same time. In addition to participating in a full orchestra you will receive expert tuition from professional musicians in smaller groups. You will have the opportunity to play in the orchestra regularly with other young folk under the expert guidance of Jane Hainey who was, for many years, a 1st violinist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. You will also have the opportunity to play in short concerts for your family and friends and, as your confidence increases, for the public as well!
The orchestra meets regularly in various locations and is free to join.
We are delighted to say that we have been awarded a grant from the Holywood Trust to whom we are very grateful. An important part of our application was seeking funds to be able to recompense travel expenses. We want to make access to DGYO activities inclusive and equitable for young musicians from the whole of Dumfries & Galloway and we are very well aware that it costs a lot in fuel and time for folk coming from Stranraer or Langholm, for example, to a more central location such as Castle Douglas or Dumfries.
So if anybody would like some financial support for their travel arrangements, we now offer reimbursement of public transport or fuel costs at a rate of 16 pence per mile. Depending on uptake, this will be adjusted over time to take the amount of the grant into consideration. Please spread the word about this in case there are other young musicians out there where travel costs might be an impediment to their joining the DGYO.
Looking to the future, we need to work to give the DGYO a more secure financial structure so we would like to hear from anybody with any ideas as to how we might do this. For example, we might want to recruit a body of patrons who could support us on a regular basis. As you will know, we are a registered charity so any donations we receive will be eligible for Gift Aid which increases the amount by 25% - a significant benefit. The Gift Aid form that must be completed for us is available on the web site at http://dgyouthorchestra.org/