ConTempo Quartet has offered regular mentoring to the new youth orchestra for the West of Ireland, Symphonic Waves, since its inception.
Established in 2017, Symphonic Waves is a west of Ireland youth orchestra managed by Music Generation Galway County and Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB). Inspired by the bid book process for the European Capital of Culture 2020 for Galway, the idea for the ensemble grew from an identified need to provide high level progression pathways and ensemble performance opportunities for advanced young musicians along the western seaboard.
2019 saw the addition of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion sections to the orchestra. With R.I.A.M. Professor James Cavanagh at the helm, the orchestra has embarked on an ambitious programme of repertoire to be performed at a series of major concerts in 2019 and 2020 including a side by side with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Symphonic Waves will also be participating in the launch of Galway 2020 and performing in the National Concert Hall in Dublin as part of the Irish Association of Youth orchestras 2020 Festival.
GMR and ConTempo continue to aid the growth and development of the orchestra through a host of mentoring activities.