‘To be involved in this great festival was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me. The IAYO provides a very important, invaluable opportunity for young people and young orchestras in Ireland to perform on the most prestigious stage in the country, the stage of the National Concert Hall. The IAYO also fosters the talent of young solo performers and composers who are giving the chance to perform or to have their works performed.
I have been performing at this festival in orchestras from a very young age. This year I was lucky enough to be asked to perform with the Festival Orchestra as soloist. Not only that but I was fortunate enough to premiere a fascinating work by up-and-coming composer, Sam Perkin. It was an incredible experience and one which I will never forget.’