It is our policy to encourage ensemble music making and there are various college ensembles in which CCMC students can participate for free. In addition to our wind and orchestral groups, there is a Vocal Ensemble and a Pop Group. The repertoire is varied including classical works, film music, and popular pieces. CCMC Orchestra regularly joins forces with other youth orchestras and choirs from around Ireland. In the past, the CCMC ensembles have performed in venues such as Triskel Christchurch, Holy Trinity Church, City Hall, St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork, and in the National Concert Hall and the Helix Theatre in Dublin, and on local radio.
Places in ensembles are subject to students being enrolled for tuition at CCMC and commitment to attend rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals for these take place every two to three weeks. A full schedule of dates for these rehearsals will be available at the office from mid-September. The experience of playing in an ensemble is invaluable and students are strongly encouraged to participate. External instrumental students are welcome to join the ensembles subject to availability and a small fee.