Encore after encore after encore - despite our best efforts, the YS tour in Ireland had to come to an end. Our last concert in the National Concert Hall was a truly incredible experience. Thanks to Emily Tuan for making this trip possible, our chaperones for keeping this trip fun (and safe), and of course, Mr. K for his enthusiasm and passion. Goodbye and thank you, Ireland!
Some pictures from Dublin - the “most photographed” door in the city, Trinity College (where we caught a glimpse of the fascinating, ancient Book of Kells), a beautiful mural we happened upon by chance, and the Merry Ploughboy pub, where YS’ farewell luncheon was accompanied by traditional Irish tunes, and followed by a spot of Irish step dancing!
Ending our stay in Derry with a lovely concert in the gorgeous Guild Hall, shared with the incredible local chorus Codetta! Off to Dublin in a bit. The end of the YS tour draws nearer, much to our chagrin…
Thankfully, no one in YS felt the need to get a haircut today in Derry…
Some iconic murals from Free Derry. Here’s to peace and friendship, both here and everywhere else in the world.
Incredible walking tour of Derry! The fascinating and tragic history of this city inspires a great deal of respect for its inhabitants. Hopefully, YS’ two upcoming concerts will do them justice!
Just finished playing an incredible concert in Galway! In attendance was the Mayor of Galway, along with a wonderfully enthusiastic audience. YS will miss Galway terribly as we head off to Derry tomorrow!
Our tour of Ireland continues with a visit to a workshop specializing in Connemara marble, an excursion to a peat bog, and some time to explore a truly bewitching chapel, all narrated by Connor, our wonderful tour guide, and driven to by Frank, bus driver extraordinaire!
Enjoying the idyllic scenery in Ireland, and awestruck by the Cliffs of Moher (which film buffs might recognize as the Cliffs of Insanity in the Princess Bride or that really creepy cave at the end of the sixth Harry Potter movie)!
After a long flight, YS has finally arrived at Shannon airport, jet-lagged but very much willing to immerse themselves in local traditions. Looking forward to all the excitement ahead!
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#tbt to sea kayaking in Ísafjörður. Missing this beautiful country already! #YPOontour #NECmusic #NECPrep #NECPrepontour #YPOtour (at Ísafjörður)
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Live from #Harpa, it’s YPO!#NECPrepontour #YPOontour #YPOtour #NECPrep #NECmusic (at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik)
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YPO French horns bring Jurassic Park to Iceland #NECmusic #NECPrep #YPOtour #YPOontour #NECPrepontour
Can’t believe our chamber groups got to perform in here on Friday! #nofilter #NECPrepontour #YPOontour #YPOtour #NECPrep #NECmusic (at Hallgrímskirkja)
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#Harpa is looking beautiful on the morning of our final performance! #NECmusic #NECPrep #YPOtour #YPOontour #NECPrepontour (at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik)
YPO poses in front of our billboard in #Reykjavik and the gorgeous #Harpa hall. Last concert of the tour begins here at 5! #NECmusic #YPOontour #NECPrep #NECPrepontour (at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik)
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Flashback to Thursday’s volcanic excursion #NECPrepontour #NECPrep #YPOontour #NECmusic (at Grábrókargígar)
Flashback to thursday’s volcanic crater excursion #NECmusic #YPOontour #NECPrep #NECPrepontour (at Grábrókargígar)
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NEC Honors Brass ensemble at yesterday’s chamber concert #NECPrepontour #NECPrep #YPOontour #NECmusic (at Hallgrímskirkja)
#NECmusic takes #Harpa tomorrow night at 5! #YPOontour #NECPrep #NECPrepontour (at Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik)