South Tipperary celebrates music of all forms – from jazz and classical to traditional, folk and rock music.
Although contemporary music is very popular – with our towns hosting a vibrant club scene with frequent performances from local bands – in South Tipperary, traditional music is very important to our culture. It’s celebrated and promoted by the Comhaltas branches in many towns; and the towns of Cashel, Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir and Tipperary town have their own Brass and Reed bands.
The internationally award-winning Banna Chluain Meala, Clonmel Youth Marching and Concert Band, is a brass and reed band that puts on lively concert, marching and field performances – not just in South Tipperary, but all over the world. The senior band runs to 85 musicians and there’s also a junior section of 50 members (all of whom are openly recruited annually). The band has won numerous awards since its foundation in 1971.
Since 2000, the mission of the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra (TMO) has been to encourage, inspire, and develop the area’s musicians. The Orchestra’s continued success is reflected in its booming membership, which now exceeds 60 young musicians. The orchestra performs at numerous events during its season between September and April. Most notable is their well-attended, annual Christmas concert, which is traditionally held in Clonmel in early December.