25th Anniversary Alumni Appeal

“In 2018 the Ulster Youth Orchestra celebrates 25 years of educating, inspiring and empowering young people across Northern Ireland – an incredible achievement which you and I have been a part of and benefited from.


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Big plans are underway to take UYO on tour to Vienna and Bratislava but not before they are immersed in the summer residential course and it is crucial that this unique and challenging experience can exist for future young talented players.

From my first experience as a 14-year-old cellist performing The Planets alongside the Ulster Orchestra in 1997, to performing as piano soloist on a tour of Germany in 2008, the Ulster Youth Orchestra has given me some of my most formative and memorable musical experiences – I am so proud of the success of this wonderful institution that continues to support and inspire generations of talented young musicians.

The high point of every year is the summer residential course when 90 young talented players come together to give unforgettable performances and create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Seeing the transformation in the young people both musically and personally over this period is something that gives our team immense pride and drives us to continue doing what we do. One of our 2017 members describes her experience:

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the best experience of my life so far! The memories of the 10 days I spent with the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the knowledge and confidence I have gained will stay with me forever. It was truly amazing… I feel like I have found my world and I am more determined than ever to pursue a future career as a professional violinist.

As a member of UYO alumni we have been a part of something incredible and I encourage you to help secure this opportunity for future generations of young musicians. On this page you will find information on how you can donate and make a difference.

Thank you for your continued support of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.”





Michael McHale

UYO Patron

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How your gift can make a difference…


A Monthly Donation of

£5 could provide a member of welfare staff for one day at our summer residential course giving young people access to vital support and encouragement

£10 could give a young person access to a full day of training at our summer residential course

A Single Donation of

£25 could enable two young people to participate in one of our outreach events

£50 could go towards providing a bursary for a student who would otherwise not have the means to participate

£100 could provide an opportunity for 90 young people to take part in a social activity on our summer residential course

£200 could give young people access to one of our incredible tutors for a full day at our summer residential course

Total raised so far

310 pounds

In the New Year we will be embarking on an alumni mapping project and would love to keep in touch and hear about what you are doing now.

Plans are also underway for an Ulster Youth Orchestra Alumni Concert to be held on Saturday 29th December 2018 at the Ulster Hall, Belfast.

If you would like to get in touch to tell us about your experiences in UYO, what you are doing now or to leave your updated contact details with us we would be delighted to hear from you.