Iúr Cinn Fleadh with support from  Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has launched an exciting new initiative to form the very first Newry, Mourne and Down Youth Trad Orchestra. The orchestra will Premier at Iúr Cinn Fleadh, which runs this year from 7-10 September.

The fleadh are calling for up to 40 young musicians from the Newry, Mourne and Down region to be part of the first Irish Trad music Orchestra in the locality. 

Renowned local fiddle player, performer and teacher, Ursula Byrne will act as musical director for this exciting project.   The initiative is the first of its kind in the area and individuals chosen to join the orchestra will be exposed to opportunities for formal performances locally initially.

Initial rehearsals for the new orchestra will be held over the summer months with the Inaugural performance scheduled to take place at this year’s Iur Cinn Fleadh which takes place from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th September 2017.  

If you are a local young musician, want to be part of something exciting and you meet the criteria set out below, email your name, contact details and a brief background on your musical journey so far to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Applicants must be between 12 and 21 years of age on 1st January 2017.  It is essential that you can play jigs and reels at a good pace whilst the ability to read music and perform harmonies is desirable.  Preference will be given to older students once a certain standard is reached.  The Orchestra is open to all instruments including cello, double bass, piano and percussion.   For further information relating to musical requirements email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for applications is Monday 19th June 2017 at 5pm.  Auditions may be added to the recruitment process and if so they will be held initially in Newry on Saturday 24th June 2017. Further details will be forwarded on receipt of applications. 

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