The orchestra's members are secondary school pupils from Co. Kilkenny and neighbouring counties. The strings section consisted of violins, violas, cellos and a double bass. The brass section had a tuba, euphonium, trombone and two trumpets. The woodwind instruments had clarinets, flutes and oboes. The musicians came into each class to demonstrate the sounds and mechanics of the instruments. Several classes were treated to a brass rendition of 'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz!
The orchestra played several pieces including Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' and Mozart's 'Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major', whose final movement is 'Alla Turca', a popular ring tone of mobile phones. Our proudest moment was when our own pupils, who receive violin lessons from Mr. Edmondson each Tuesday, lead the orchestra with two of their own tunes. The orchestra's visit was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience for us all!