The children gain confidence through performance, and gradually develop a sense of their own contribution to group, and with that a sense of commitment and increased self-
Every opportunity is taken to bring music from the school into the community. String ensembles perform in St Agnes' Church for parish masses for St Patrick's Day and for celebrations of First Communion. The Orchestra has performed for the Crumlin Mental Heath Association.
Past pupils are able to continue their lessons at St Agnes when they move to secondary school and are entered for the Royal Irish Academy of Music individual Grade exams.
While Summer anc Christmas concerts are a regular calender item, other performances happen throughout any given year, and we have an annual outing where we just have fun!
The orchestra is coached by members of the music project teaching staff, and is composed of all primary school children at Scoil Úna Naofa who wish to add to their classroom music experience by taking part in orchestra rehearsals and performances.
St Agnes/Scoil Primary School Orchestra has given concerts in other primary schools, including St Brigid's National School, Stillorgan, Scoil Chaitlin Maude, Killinarden, Tallaght, and Castleknock Educate Together School, and St Mary's Hospital and Residential School, Baldoyle, (St Michael's House). In November 2010 the orchestra performed in the O'Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, in a concert which was attended by six local primary schools. They featured in a major documentary series on RTÉ television, ‘Music Changes Lives’.
St Agnes' CYO have been the performed on stage at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 7th February 2009, during the Irish Aviation Authority FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, organised by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. This was a wonderful occasion, with a large number of parents, friends and relatives in the audience to support the children. On Saturday June 20th thirty five adult musicians [professional, amateur, student] join St Agnes' CYO in a SIDE BY SIDE concert in the school hall. Adult players and young players were seated 'side by side', making a vast string orchestra to perform a spectacular summer sundown concert. Since then, the Christmas concert has been a joint concert with the St. Agnes’ Parents Orchestra, ant the Summer concert entirely comprised of the school junior and senior orchestras. The combined St. Agnes’ orchestras were invited to play for the Eucharist Congress in 2012, and the 1913 Lockout centenary commemoration in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Many children of the orchestra took part in the ‘Noye’s Fludde’ performance in 2016.