Sing Out With Strings

Launched in 2008, Sing Out with Strings was set up to provide long-term free access to high‑quality music education in areas of acute social and economic disadvantage in Limerick

The project was established by the Irish Chamber Orchestra as a community engagement programme within Limerick’s regeneration process. Working with children and young people of varying ages, the programme enables its participants to build confidence, discipline and teamwork skills through music-making.

I love Sing Out with Strings. It’s a place where we not only come together to play the violin, but we learn to express our feelings together. You don’t know what you’ll learn next and that’s exciting.
Meagan, 6th Class Student

In 2018-19, Sing Out with Strings delivered over 100 hours of free instrumental tuition. They have also enabled 300 children to compose eight original songs and put on several performances. Students who participated demonstrated improvements in technical ability, concentration, memory, listening, confidence, creativity and teamwork.

The Youth Education Fund has had a tremendous impact on Sing Out with Strings. By enabling us to engage and learn from a network of other social innovators and business specialists, it is helping us to become a more robust and proactive programme.
Kathrine Barnecutt, Project Lead, Sing Out with Strings