ENJOY the sweet music of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI) and Symphonic Waves in Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway on 4 January. This will be a new year celebration conducted by Gearoid Grant and James Cavanagh. The NYOI works with the future generation of musicians, who are aged 12 to 18 years. They work on a full symphonic programme, which includes works
by Beethoven and Schubert. The
NYOI is funded by the Arts Council. Tickets range from €10 to €20 and
will be available for purchase at the door. For more information see

CELEBRATE the legendary singer, David Bowie, as the annual Dublin Bowie Festival returns for its fifth edition on 8 to 12 January. The festival will take place in various locations around Dublin with entrance fees ranging from free to €45. There will be a fine art exhibition held in Rathfarnham Castle, inspired by Bowie’s fascination with the
pre-Raphaelite movement. There will also be an audience with Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey in the Royal College of Surgeons on the closing day of the festival. For
more information see www.dublinbowiefestival.ie.