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Coole Music Festival marks 10 years

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017 1:00am

The award-winning Coole Music Orchestra Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exciting line-up of afternoon and evening concerts on Saturday 11 March in Gort Community Centre, Gort.

From humble beginnings 10 years ago, Coole Music Orchestra Festival has now grown into a large-scale event with over 400 musicians participating each year. This year the theme of the festival is ‘Count Me In’ highlighting the inclusive, accessible ethos of Coole Music and Arts and the benefits of listening to and performing music. Following a nationwide invitation to apply, 10 young orchestras from Sligo, Cork, Galway, Dublin, Ennis, Kilbride, Athenry, Charleville, Headford and Gort will present an eclectic range of music featuring pieces from the soundtrack to Harry Potter, Les Miserables, works by Handel and Strauss and arrangements of traditional Irish music in concerts at 1pm and 6pm on Saturday 11 March.

Coole Music and Arts Artistic Director Katharina Baker said, “It is amazing to see all the applications coming in every year, we receive many more than we can accommodate and now have a selection panel in place. Our festival managers are busy from August to March to get everything into place and around 50 volunteers from Coole Music & Arts are busy on the day making sure all goes to plan. It has been an incredible journey so far and we are so proud and excited to present our 10th anniversary performances for our audiences this March. We have a special treat in store for our grand finale when all the orchestras join up in a gigantic festival orchestra featuring Irish dancers from the Gavin Dance Academy. It will be a feast all around!”

The Coole Music Orchestra Festival is very proud to have been awarded the 2016 Special Achievement Award for the Development of Youth Orchestras from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. This is the second such award for the festival, and a measure of its success in the national music scene.

Coole Music and Arts was founded in 2005 with the aim to create a space for children and young people to learn, enjoy and perform classical music in all its forms. With over 200 members and numerous orchestras and ensembles, the school is open to anyone interested in learning music. Tickets are on sale now from

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