YOPS Newsletter August 2018

8th August 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian/ YOPS member,

We hope you have had an enjoyable break over the summer.

As September approaches we look forward to welcoming you to the new term ahead and with that in mind have attached a list of our rehearsal and concert dates so you can pencil them into your diaries.

As you know the YOPS Senior orchestra will be going on a Concert Tour to Tuscany at Easter 2019 and we are planning to bring the YOPS Junior Orchestra to the Arklow Music Festival in  March 2019.

I am  delighted to confirm that  the YOPs Orchestra will still  be based in Scoil Bhríde, Oakley Road, Ranelagh. The Principal and Board of Management are very supportive of our work

Please Note that this September we have been asked to enter the school only  from the gate on Oakley Road at  the front of Scoil Bhríde .

 Rehearsal Times for each orchestra:

YOPS Senior Orchestra rehearsal at 9.30-12.15 pm 

YOPS Junior Orchestra rehearsal  at 1.15 -3.15 pm 

We are planning an Open Rehearsal for parents to hear the orchestras perform on Sunday the 2nd.  December 2018 at

Senior YOPS 11.15-12.15 pm

Junior YOPS    2.30- 3.15 pm

Our End of Year Concert will take place in the on the 19th  May 2019.

Parent Rehearsal Roster

A big thank you to the parents for their support last year in preparing the refreshments and supervising the students during our breaks. Due to the Orchestras growth in numbers we would greatly appreciate all your support with the monthly supervision requirements.

I would appreciate if every family could volunteer for one of the following tasks for one rehearsal day in the year

  • To help with the operation of the BREAKS, we will need 2 parents  to set up and supervise the  breaks
    • Senior YOPS from 10.30-11.15 am
    • Junior YOPS from    00 -2.45 pm

In order to organise this roster, we will be emailing you in the next two week, details of an online  Input sheet where you will be able to  advise us on-line of your availability for roster duty Sept- Dec 2018. before the 9th September 2018. We will then prepare the Parent Break Roster, put it on our website, and  a copy will be on display on the notice board at each rehearsal. In December we will prepare a roster for Jan – May 2019

During the year if you become unable to fulfil your roster commitment, we would appreciate if you could arrange a swop with another parent between yourselves and let us know.

YOPS Music Folders

Students  that returned  their old YOPS music folder will be able to  collect their YOPS folder with the new sheet music from their conductor.

Any student that did not return their YOPS music folder, must bring it along  to the first rehearsal on Sunday 9th September 2018. hand in last years  sheet music to the conductor and collect the new sheet music for 2018-19 and insert it into their  folder for 2018-19

Orchestra Membership Fees

This year’s membership fee is retained €125 per student and €105 for a second family member. This is necessary to cover the insurance, heating and rent of the hall. Fees must be paid by Sunday 9th September 2018. Payment can be made directly before that date to

YOPS Bank Account

Bank of Ireland, Dunboyne:


IBAN IE35 BOFI 9033 4996 0205 07

Sort Code 90-33-49

Account Number 96020507

Please give family name as reference or by cash or cheque payable to “YOPS” at the first rehearsal on the 9th September 2018.

The fee for the new members have already been paid when they accepted their place.

We are looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year

Yours sincerely

Kitty Dalligan



YOPS Rehearsal Timetable :

September 2018- May 2019

Venue : Scoil Bhríde, Oakley Road , Ranelagh

Date                                               Time                         Event

September 9th.  2018  Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

October 7th.      2018   Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

November 4th   2018   Sunday          9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

December 2rd   2018   Sunday           9.30 am-11.15 am            Senior YOPS

11.15 am-12.15 pm           Senior Open Rehearsal

1.15 pm -2.30 pm            Junior  YOPS                                                                                                  2.30 pm -3.15 pm            Junior Open Rehearsal

                                 Fundraising –  Cake sale &   Open rehearsal

January 13th.        2019   Sunday          9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

February 3rd.      2019   Sunday           9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

February 24th.   2019   Sunday           9.30 am-12.15 pm             Tour Orchestra

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

March 10th.           2019    Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

April   7th.             2019  Sunday            9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

April   14th.          2019  Sunday             9.30 am- 1.00 pm             Tour Orchestra 

May 12th.             2019  Sunday             9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

       May 19th               2019   Sunday                   3.00 pm                 Year end Concert

                                                                                                           Venue to be confirmed 

Arklow Music Festival        Junior Orchestra March 3rd   2019


Senior Orchestra Tour to Tuscany        23nd -26th April 2019


Tour Flute Group  :      Rehearsal 9.00-9.30 am before each rehearsal Sept  –April 2019


Tour String Quartet    : Rehearsal 9.00-9.30 am before each rehearsal Sept –April 2019

About musicman

- composer specializing in transforming lives via beautiful music and unconventional and ideas....
This entry was posted in General News. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s