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Harris Group supporting the return of Cork Youth Orchestra

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Sinéad McCarthy (French Horn), Patrick McBeth (Principal, Ursuline Secondary School), Grace O’Driscoll (Trombone), Caoimhe Neff (Viola), Charlie Cassidy (Trombone), Meghan Crilly (Cello), James Cuddigan (French Horn), Tomás McCarthy (Conductor, Cork Youth Orchestra), and Abigail Carey (French Horn), pictured at the announcement that Harris Group, Ireland’s leading commercial vehicle distributor, is to continue its partnership with Cork Youth Orchestra. The announcement took place at Cork Youth Orchestra’s new home for rehearsals, Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, Cork. In addition to financial support, Harris Group has also provided a number of Swiss Air Purifiers that allows the Orchestra to safely return to rehearsing indoors and preparing for upcoming concerts. Picture: Michael O’Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

Harris Group, Ireland’s leading commercial vehicle distributor, is delighted to announce its continued partnership with Cork Youth Orchestra. In addition to financial support, Harris Group has also provided a number of Swiss Air Purifiers that allows the Orchestra to safely return to rehearsing and preparing for upcoming concerts.

Cork Youth Orchestra, under musical director Tomás McCarthy, has also found a new home for its rehearsals, Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, Cork.

Denise Harris, Harris Group CEO said: “I thrilled to see Cork Youth Orchestra back again and stronger than ever. There is no doubt that the last 18 months has been difficult for everyone, but it must have been exceptionally hard on young people who are passionate about playing music and showcasing their creativity.

“Harris Group has a long history of working with businesses in and around Cork City so our partnership with Tomás and the Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity to give back and to invest in the Cork community. I’m really looking forward to seeing Cork Youth Orchestra back in concert very soon.”

Founded in 1958, the Cork Youth Orchestra is firmly embedded in the cultural fabric of Cork and Ireland’s oldest and largest youth orchestra with over 130 members, between 13-18 years of age.

Tomás McCarthy, Musical Director for the Cork Youth Orchestra said: “We are delighted with the continued support from Harris Group. We would have found it very difficult to rehearse safely in numbers without the donation of the Air Purifiers and the financial support really helps with our costs, which have been substantial this year.

“We have been very fortunate to find a wonderful new home to rehearse in the Ursuline Secondary School. We have invested a significant amount to help to prepare the school hall in terms of acoustics for Orchestra rehearsals so support such as that from Harris Group is extremely welcome.”

McCarthy added: “I would also like to acknowledge Patrick McBeth, Principal at Ursuline Secondary School for allowing us use the school’s fantastic facilities; without it we really wouldn’t be in a position to return safely.” Cork Youth Orchestra information can be found at www.corkyouthorchestra.ie

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