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Blow the Dust Orchestra

Events for Older People

The National Concert Hall's project for older musicians is entitled "Blow the Dust Orchestra". The orchestra is now at full capacity but we would still like to hear from you!

We can either add you to the waiting list, or recommend other organisations that run music projects for older people. Call 01 417 00 77 or email blowthedust@nch.ie for further information.

We also love receiving your letters - you can write to us at:

  • Blow the Dust off Your Trumpet Orchestra
  • Education & Outreach
  • The National Concert Hall
  • Earlsfort Terrace
  • Dublin 2

Blow the Dust Orchestra

The Blow the Dust Orchestra is a project developed by the National Concert Hall’s Education & Outreach programme. It is designed to encourage older people, who once played instruments, to take them out of their cases, dust them off, and join fellow musicians in forming an orchestra.

The ensemble is open to players of any level, instrument or style and aims to empower older people to rise to the artistic and physical challenges of playing their instruments while creating a musically orientated social community of older people, with the National Concert Hall as their own ‘clubhouse’.

The Blow the Dust Orchestra was launched by Education & Outreach in May 2009 as part of the Bealtaine Festival of Creativity in Older Age and began with a small group of just 23 musicians. The orchestra now boasts over 45 members who travel from all over Ireland once a month, throughout the year, for rehearsals in the National Concert Hall.