The Intermediate Orchestra brings string, brass, woodwind and percussion players together for the first time in an orchestral setting. The players’ ages range from 11 to 17 years depending on their instrument, and with over 120 players, it is the largest of the four orchestras.

Our conductor

Philip Thomas


Philip was appointed conductor of the Intermediate Orchestra in September 2005. He studied violin with Loretto Nelson in Dublin, and later at Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied under Korshed and Eric Gruenberg. He graduated with an LTCL and DipTCL, and was awarded the Alfred Gibson Memorial Prize. He was a member of the VIAC String Quartet, which performed in both England and Ireland, and has given solo recitals at several music festivals throughout the country.
Philip has been a permanent member of the Music Department at Clongowes Wood College since 1997. He teaches violin, and tutors ensembles and string quartets. He is conductor of the orchestra, which has performed twice at the National Concert Hall as part of the IAYO Festival. Philip has been manager of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, as well as working on the audition panels.