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A very happy Summer Break to all members of the orchestra and a well deserved break to all the parents and supporters.

A reminder to keep up your practice during the summer months and we will see you in September.


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2013-2014 News

Our Year End Concert will take place on Saturday the 26th April at 3.00pm in the Helix at DCU


Senior Uniform:

Long sleeved black blouse with collar/ black shirt
Long black trousers
Black shoes


Junior Uniform:

YOPS Jumper +white polo shirt
Long black skirt & black tights / black trousers
Black shoes



Students must come in uniform
Please bring Music Stand and Music and a spare set of strings.

Please note you are responsible for your own instrument, stand and music. Please ensure that your name is on all your property


It is necessary to be at the Helix for a sound check and seating as follows

  • 11.30 am YOP String ensemble
  • 12.00 pm -YOPS Flutes
  • 12.20 pm -YOPS Senior Orchestra
  • 12.50 pm -YOPS Junior Orchestra
  • 1.20 pm-YOPS Julianstown Youth  Orchestra
  • 1.40pm – YOPS Senior Orchestra +YOPS Junior+Julianstown Youth Orchestra
  • We are being joined for a return visit by the Julianstown Youth Orchestra
  • Chewing Gum is not permitted in the Helix.
  • Students may only enter and leave the concert venue via the stage door at the rear of the building
  • Students should bring a packed snack and drink for the pre concert  break


Tickets for the concert are now only available from the Helix Box office
Looking forward to seeing you on the 26th April 2014 for a wonderful afternoon.



The Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) presented the Agnes O’ Kane Award to Kitty Dalligan.

On Saturday 8th February, at the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras Concert in the National Concert Hall Kitty was presented with the Agnes O’Kane Award. The award was presented to Kitty by Philip O’Kane for her work in contributing significantly to the development of young musicians and youth orchestras in Ireland.


Sean Rocks and Kitty in the National Concert Hall


Philip O'Kane and Kitty in the National Concert Hall


26th April 2014 , Helix Concert for both Senior and Junior Orchestras

Please note that tickets for this concert will go on sale through the Helix Box Office and online on the 1st March. Tickets will be 12 euros per adult and 8 euros per child/OAP. There is a booking fee of 2 euros per ticket for online booking or 1 euro per ticket booked in person through the Helix box office.

Tickets will also be on sale at the YOPs rehearsal on Sunday 2nd March from 10am whereby there will be no booking fee payable. Payment must be by cash, or a cheque made payable to ‘YOPS’.

Tickets cannot be reserved in advance on or the day.
Limited tickets available, don’t forget to get your tickets!



Auditions for new members for the YOPS Orchestra

If you have any friends that might be interested in auditioning for the YOPS orchestra, please get them to email their details to kitty@yops-ireland.com as soon as possible as we will be holding auditions very soon




Senior Orchestra Tour 2014/15

We hope to have some details at the April rehearsal of a possible Tour at Easter 2015.



Well done to the two orchestras for their great performance at the Tradfest 2014. Bravo to everyone (and to the parents and all our supporters)


The Big Day has arrived - a great day for YOPs and a fabulous present for someone you love



The selling price will be 10 euros each or there is a Special Offer of 3 for 25 euros - just talk to Kitty about picking up some copies.


And once again a big hand to all the orchestra staff and members for all the work that went into this.

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24th November 2013

Dear Parent and Orchestra Member,

A big thank you to all who baked and helped out at or came along to surport our Cake sale. I hope you enjoyed the delicious cakes.

We raised 555 euros.

Many thanks indeed for helping us with all of our fundraising.
Thank you!






Fundraising Success
We have had a very successful fundraising with the clothes for YOPS.
I would like to thank all the parents and the orchestra members who donated to the clothes collection so generously and the parents who helped that morning with the collection and storage of the bags.
We received 928kg of goods and this raised 554 euros for YOPS with another 54 euros going to the LauraLynn Hospice.

A special  thank you to Lorraine Harbison for facilitating the storage and the collection of the clothes in the CICE building


Dear Parent & YOPS member,
I would like to welcome back your child after the summer break. I hope that you all had a very enjoyable break and that you are ready to join us again for another exciting year ahead.
For this term we are planning a Christmas concert on the 1st December 2013 venue to be confirmed.
The Senior YOPS Orchestra has been invited to perform at a Concert in St. Werburgh’s Church on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 7.00 pm as part of the 2014 TradFest Music Festival.
The Helix is booked for our Year end Concert on 26th April 2014

Parent Support/Roster for Parents

I would like to thank the parents for their support last year in preparing the refreshments and supervising the students during our breaks. Due to the Orchestras growth in numbers we would greatly appreciate all your support with our fundraising events and monthly supervision requirements.
This year the breaks for both orchestras will be 11.15 to 11.45am and I would like to ask every parent to volunteer to supervise at least one break in the year. We will need 6 parents for each rehearsal day from 10.50-12.00am
In order to organise this roster, we will be emailing you in the next week, details of how you will be able to advise us on line your availability for roster duty before the 8th September. We will then prepare the Break Supervision Roster, put it on our website, and a copy will be on display on the notice board at each rehearsal.
 During the year if you become unable to fulfil your roster commitment, we would appreciate if you could arrange a swoop with another parent between yourselves and let us know.  
Orchestra Fees
This year’s membership fee is retained 115 euros per student and 95 euros for second family members. This is necessary to cover the insurance, heating and rent of the hall. Fees must be paid by Sunday 8th September 2012.
Please also ensure the Conditions of Membership form is also returned with your fees.
I would ask you to confirm receipt of this email to verify your email address by an email reply to kitty@yops-ireland.com. If you are not planning to return to YOPS, I would be grateful if you could let me know and to please arrange the return of the YOPS music and folder
We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year
Yours sincerely
Kitty Dalligan




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The YOPS CD ‘Concert Favourites’ is still available so contact Kitty for what is the perfect present for family and friends.


The selling price will be 10 euros each or there is a Special Offer of 3 for 25 euros (more).

Video from our 2013 Tour


With special thanks to Johnny and Melissa


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