Newsletter August 2019

0th August 2019

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.

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  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 1st.  December 2019 at

Senior YOPS 11.15-12.15 pm

Junior YOPS    2.30- 3.15 pm

Our End of Year Concert will take place  on the 26th  April 2020 in Sandford Parish Church.

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

o    Senior YOPS from 10.30-11.15 am

o   Junior YOPS  from    2.00 -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 of your availability for roster duty Sept- Dec 2019, before the 1st September 2019. 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 – April 2020

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 1st September 2019 hand in last years  sheet music to the conductor and collect the new sheet music for 2019-20.

Orchestra Membership  Fees

This year’s membership fee is €130 per student and €110 for a second family member. This is necessary to cover the insurance, heating and rent of the hall.

Fees must be paid by Sunday 1st  September 2019Payment 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 your family name as reference or pay  by cash or a cheque made payable to “YOPS” at the first rehearsal on the 1st September 2019.

The fee for the new members has 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 2019- May 2020

 Venue : Scoil Bhríde, Oakley Road , Ranelagh

            Date                                               Time                         Event

September 1st.  2019  Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

October 6th.      2019   Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

November 3rd   2019   Sunday          9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

December 1st   2019   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 12th.        2020   Sunday          9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

February 9th.      2020   Sunday           9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

March 1st.           2020    Sunday         9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

April   5th.             2020  Sunday            9.30 am-12.15 pm            Senior YOPS

1.15 pm -3.15 pm              Junior YOPS

     April 26th         2020   Sunday              3.00 pm                         Year end Concert

                                                                                                     Sandford Parish Church

May 10th            2020 Sunday                  Auditions for 2020/21

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