Like most other arts organisations Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra has been unable to meet as a group since February. However we have tried to keep things going as best we can. We have recorded a virtual performance of Purcell's Rondeau. We have put on a virtual concert of young soloists. As a result of that virtual concert one of the young players won a masterclass with top cellist Su-a Lee. And we are organising another virtual performance of Bizet's Toreador's Song which we shall put on the website as soon as it is ready.
Meantime we are in contact with MSPs and Councillors to make sure that people with influence know that we are champing at the bit to get going properly as soon as it is safe! Watch this space for more information in future.
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!
St Joseph's College, Dumfries is our regular rehearsal venue. Please note that you cannot enter St Joseph's College via the previous front entrance on Craigs Road. Instead you must enter at the rear from Aldermanhill Road. There is plenty of parking at the rear and the entrance to the school is close by.
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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.