Harris Group has today announced a landmark sponsorship of the Cork Youth Orchestra for the next three years starting this season.
In addition to providing financial support, as part of the first official sponsorship of this magnitude for Cork Youth Orchestra, Harris Group will provide ground transport services for the youth orchestra during the season using Higer buses, a leading global bus brand and a part of Harris Group.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Harris Group CEO, Denise Harris said, “We have a long history of working with businesses in and around Cork City, so we see this as a wonderful opportunity to give back and to invest in the Cork community. All of us at Harris Group look forward to supporting these young people and helping them share their creative talents throughout Ireland and beyond.”
Founded in 1958, the Cork Youth Orchestra is Ireland’s oldest and largest youth orchestra and is composed of 145+ members, ages 12-18 years.
“We are delighted to be supported by the Harris Group in the first sponsorship of this kind. Our organisation runs on the patronage of the community, and sponsorships like this help ensure that we can focus on the youth and continue to develop innovative and high calibre music projects,” said Tomás McCarthy, conductor for the Cork Youth Orchestra.
The upcoming season will commence on 14 December with the much-anticipated performance of The Snowman with a special concert by True Tides. There will be two matinees followed by an evening concert at City Hall. Tickets are available for purchase at tickets.ie and ProMusica.
The 2019-2020 season includes regional and international travel. The group will visit Killarney and Kenmare from 23-24 November to perform at private charity events. On 3 July they will give a pre-tour concert at Cork City Hall before travelling via Dublin to Florence, Italy for the Florence Youth Festival (FOG), where they will perform multiple times.
“We are very grateful to Harris Group and to the Higer bus company for their support of the Cork Youth Orchestra and providing safe and reliable transportation for this generation of musicians,” said McCarthy.