Gateway to Music

Wexford Sinfonia

Gateway Orchestra

Updated 13.1.18.

2018-2019 season

Rehearsal dates

January 13

February 17

March 10

April 7, 14, 28

May 12, 19.


Concert 25 May (Saturday) in the National Opera House.


 New members

New members are welcome. Please email for more information.


About the orchestra

The Gateway Orchestra was launched in September 2003 by Wexford Sinfonia in association with the Arts Department of Wexford County Council.

The Gateway Orchestra is primarily an orchestra for adults below the level of Grade 4, people who may have played an instrument in their youth and given it up, and people who have only recently taken up an instrument for the first time.

The orchestra as two main purposes. Its primary purpose is as a training orchestra to bring players up to a standard when they can play with Wexford Sinfonia. However, the orchestra is a fully-fledged orchestra in its own right, and many players do not aspire to move up to Sinfonia, and continue to play in Gateway. So, its other purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for adults to play in an orchestra, who would not otherwise be able.

While the orchestra in theory caters for beginners, players are expected to be able to play a little before starting with the orchestra. Players who cannot play at all would find it very difficult to cope in the short term. This is particularly the case for wind players, and absolute beginners would find themselves out of their depth initially. For that reason when we are approached by beginner wind players we ask them to go and take some lessons before joining us. In the case of string players it is possible to arrange the music for open strings, so those players are in a better position to start playing with the orchestra sooner. For the slightly more advanced novice string players there is an 'easy arrangement'.

Players who require tuition are put in contact with a suitable teacher.

Currently there are about 10 members of Sinfonia who have started in Gateway. Some of those continue to play in Gateway. Many members, however, are quite content to play in Gateway, with no ambition to move up to the premier orchestra, and this is perfectly OK. Gateway is a full orchestra in its own right and gives its own concert every year.


Musical Direction

The resident conductor of the orchestra is Fearghal O'Connor.

The Leader is Annie O'Lionain.

In addition there are some experienced players who sit in with the various sections to provide some assistance and encouragement.


Gateway Committee

Similar to Sinfonia, the Gateway Committee is a select committee and positions are filled by people being selected onto the committee who are nominated to carry out specific tasks necessary for the smooth running of the orchestra.

The current committee is as follows:

Olive Cunningham, Trish Gallagher; Keith Miller; Anne Ringwood; Matt Seaver.


Directions to St Michael's Hall

From Dublin and Waterford directions go from the M25/N11 junction roundabout towards Rosslare to the next roundabout (Duncannon Road roundabout and turn left towards Wexford. Continue through various roundabouts until you reach Tesco on your right. Turn left at the traffic lights and continue up around the front of the church. Turn left at "The Boker". St Michael's Hall is on your right, opposite the CBS. There is parking inside.