Esker Festival Orchestra 2023 | International Opportunity


I hope you are well.

My name is Edel and I am emailing from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras to let you know about an exciting international opportunity for young musicians.

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for the Esker Festival Orchestra 2023 in Ireland, this year marks the 10th anniversary of Esker Festival Orchestra. We would greatly appreciate if you could share this within your music department and with any students that it might be relevant to. Here is the link to the PDF of the poster.

The Esker Festival Orchestra 2023 summer rehearsals and Irish performance tour will take place from 14th – 20th August 2023. Rehearsals will take place in the wonderful surrounds of the University of Galway in Ireland and will see performances in Galway and Dublin under the baton of founder and Director, Peter Joyce.

Esker Festival Orchestra is excited to announce what could be its most ambitious programme yet, featuring Gustav Mahler’s legendary Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”. The 2023 edition will also include for the first time ever the newly formed Esker Festival Choir.

Applications are open to advanced musicians over the age of 18 to take part in this unique peer-led orchestra made up of Irish and international young professionals and advanced students. This year applications for all positions in the orchestra are being accepted. The Esker Festival Choir is open to singers of all ages and nationalities. Details of how you can take part in the choir will be made available shortly.

Applications are open until 10th April 2023.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the orchestra you can apply by emailing with a video recording of your playing, your CV or short biography and a scan of an ID for proof of age. Please remember that you must be over 18 to take part and that the number of places in the orchestra is limited. All rehearsals and concerts will take place from 14th – 20th August 2023 and all players must be available for all of the dates.

For further information, please see the Esker Festival Orchestra website.

Many thanks,
Edel Carmody
Marketing & Communications Officer
Irish Association of Youth Orchestras


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