The YOPS Junior & Senior orchestras will perform a selection of pop, film and traditional music including Born Free , Hallelujah, a selection of Beatles music and an Irish selection.

The Young Orchestral Pops (YOPS) Orchestra was set up in 2002 under the direction of Kitty Dalligan, to offer students the opportunity to play film music, traditional music, popular classics and newly commissioned works. YOPs now include both a junior and senior orchestra. Both Orchestras rehearse once a month in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines, Dublin.

YOPS Orchestras have won prizes at the Wesley Music Festival and the Arklow Music Festival. The Senior Orchestra have completed four successful Concert tours to Prague, Krakow , Paris and Verona and are looking forward to their next tour to Andalucia in spring 2015. To mark the YOPs 10th Anniversary they recorded a CD,’’ Concert Favourites’’ which was released in 2013.

YOPs keep a busy performance schedule with an annual Christmas concert, and a performance at the Barnardos ‘’Spirit of Christmas’’ fundraising dinner in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham . The YOPS Orchestras have also performed in the Temple Bar TradFest in 2013 & 2014. The Senior YOPS Orchestra will be performing in the IAYO’s 20th Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall in February 2015 and the YOPS Junior orchestra will be taking part in the Coole Music Orchestra Festival in March 2015.

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