Cork Youth Orchestra are holding a concert in aid of Cork Penny Dinners

The local charity is sadly experiencing a sharp increase in the demand for their services amidst the cost of living crisis. 

Cork Youth Orchestra, Ireland’s oldest and largest youth orchestra, have announced details of a new fundraising concert in aid of Cork Penny Dinners. 

Taking place on June 30th in Cork City Hall, the fundraising Concert will feature the talented young musicians as they prepare for the international stage. The concert, supported by Harris Group – Sponsors of the Cork Youth Orchestra – will aim to raise funds for the local charity which is experiencing a sharp increase in the demand for their services amidst the cost of living crisis. 

The Orchestra, under conductor Tomás McCarthy, will perform their ‘Reflections of Ireland’ concert on  Friday the 30th of June in City Hall, Cork, which they will then perform when representing Cork and Ireland at the Florence International Festival of Youth Orchestras / Festival Orchestre Giovanili in Italy in July.  The programme includes the iconic ‘Brendan Voyage’ by Shaun Davey featuring Shane Keating on Uilleann Pipes.

Pictured: Caitriona Twomey (Cork Penny Dinners Volunteer Coordinator), Tomás McCarthy (Director of the Cork Youth Orchestra) and Musicians from the Cork Youth Orchestra (Violin: Sinéad Fleming; Viola: Ian Molloy; Double Bass: Zosia Switaj; Bassoon: Fionnuala Corby; French Horn: Roisín Martin; Trombone: Charlie Cassidy) at Cork City Hall.

Commenting on the announcement, Denise Harris, CEO of Harris Group said: “As Primary sponsors of the wonderful Cork Youth Orchestra,  we are delighted to support this concert, which as well as supporting the incredible Penny Dinners charity, will also showcase the CYO’s amazing talent before they depart on their International tour in Tuscany and Umbria.”

The tour and concert are also supported by O’Leary Life, The Pavilion Ballygarvan, O’Flynn Group and PepsiCo. 

Tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased at

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