Community links

Charity and church concerts

The orchestra plays concerts in different parts of the county. This is done by liaising with local charities who host the concert and MCO perform as guests. As a non-profit organisation we only cover costs from the proceeds of such concerts. The orchestra also undertakes a range of church concerts and has a specific repertoire for this purpose. This is a way for a community to come together to experience a live orchestra in a local setting.

Schools outreach

We also run an outreach programme for primary schools called Classroom Cacophonies, which has been ongoing since 2000. This is a music programme which teachers can buy, comprising eight lesson plans. Teachers teach each of the eight lessons and ensure the pupils listen and respond to the difference genres of music. The orchestra then performs a concert of these pieces in the school (or community centre) on an evening of choice of the school. This ensures parents and the wider community can also come. This has been hugely successful and has encouraged children from rural parts of County Mayo to try an instrument (offered as part of the concert). Concerts to date have taken place in Ballaghaderreen, Knock, Ballyvary, Newport, Mulranny, Killawalla. Since these concerts we have reached our capacity with music lessons.