The Drogheda Young Orchestral Players performing a concert under the baton of Helen Leahy.
The Drogheda Young Orchestral Players (DYOP) is looking for new members – young people who already have some musical skills or beginners who are interested in learning to play an instrument.
DYOP was established less than two years ago but in that time it has gone from strength to strength and currently boasts 45 members who are all developing their musical skills under the watchful eyes and ears of founder Helen Leahy.
The advantages to young people of learning to play a musical instrument are numerous. It can increase academic skills by improving memory techniques and even improves maths skills because beat, rhythm and scales are all about division.
Playing in a band or orchestra can also improve a child’s social skills and it encourages teamwork and perseverance – before you can make music you must learn all of the techniques of the instrument.
But of course the main reason that children like to learn music is that it is great fun and they make lots of new friends.
DYOP whose members ages range from 8 years and upwards was formed in September 2015 and since then they have performed at many venues including Droichead Arts Centre, TLT, Barbican Theatre, masses and school events.
Early next year, on February 10th, they will be playing their most prestigious concert to date as they have been selected to perform in The National Concert Hall in Dublin s part of the the 23rd annual Festival of Youth Orchestras.
The good news for anyone interested in joining on the fun is that DYOP is now recruiting additional players.
“If any of you play an orchestral instrument, especially wind, cello or double bass and are grade one standard (violinists are always welcome) the DYOP would love to have you on board” said Helen Leahy.
“Come along to our registration day and first rehearsal of the new term on Saturday September 2nd at 9.00 a.m. in Our Lady’s College Greenhills, Drogheda. The Registration fee is €25 per family for the year.”
DYOP rehearsals take place every Saturday morning in Greenhills from 9.00 a.m. till 11.30. a.m. For more information ring Helen on 087 2305 635 or see www.facebook.com/dyoplayers
Members of the Drogheda Young Orchestral Players.