Feature Article
Welcome to the July edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Laureates Sebastian Barry and Sarah Crossan to appear at the West Cork Literary Festival
Architecture Upcoming exhibitions
Writer in Residence positions in Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and NUI – Galway.
Review of Venues and Arts Centres
Arts Centre Policy and Strategy 2019
Information sessions for Arts Centre Funding 2020
Grants and Awards
Creative Writing Fellow at UCD
Project awards – deadline 5.30pm Thursday 15 August 2019
Open Call 2020
Beyond Borders
News from the community
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre Artists Residency Programme 2020 │ Call for Applications
Job Opportunity: Music Generation Development Officer, South Dublin (Maternity Cover)
Submissions now open for the Fishamble New Writing Award 2019
The Irish Chamber Orchestra introduces an exciting Autumn/Winter Season
The Bunting Harp Collection: A Digital Commission
The Irish Chamber Orchestra introduces an exciting Autumn/Winter Season

The ICO welcomes the extraordinary Australian conductor, composer and violist Brett Dean for three emotive concerts in Dublin, Limerick and Cork (in association with Cork Orchestra Society) from 11-13 September respectively.  One of the most internationally performed composers of his generation; Dean draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli.  Mozart adds his voice to Bach’s music, paying tribute to the master of fugue while Dean’s Short Stories, five evocative abstract miniatures, serve as interludes in between. An ethereal programme features Mozart’s rarely heard Masonic Funeral Music alongside Hindemith’s achingly beautiful Trauermusik.  Mahler's atmospheric Adagio from his towering Tenth Symphony crosses an unremitting arc of emotion.


Later in the month, the ICO returns to Semple Stadium, Thurles performing at one of Ireland’s popular rock festivals Tipp Classical on Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 September.  Veteran rock bands including The Stunning, Horslips, The Frank and Walters, Picturehouse, Sultans of Ping, Something Happens take centre-stage alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra for this iconic festival. 


From BBC Young Musician of the Future to royal weddings, the ICO works with the amazing young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason for the first time (23-24 October).  This 19-year-old has taken the world by storm and is this year’s best-selling British debut artist – across ALL genres with his album Inspiration.  He performs Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto, an instant hit and firm favourite due to its melodic content and virtuosic writing.  Conducted by Gabor Kali, one of Europe’s finest young conductors, don’t miss Sheku Kanneh-Mason in his Irish concert debut with the Irish Chamber Orchestra at University Concert Hall Limerick on Wednesday 23 October and St. Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda on Thursday 24 October in association with Drogheda Classical Music.


Jörg Widmann and the Irish Chamber Orchestra embark on a U.S. Tour (16-20 of November) visiting prestigious venues in Illinois, New York and Washington DC.  They perform Mendelssohn’s 8th Symphony, a tiny gem, which splendidly captures his teenage spirit.   The ICO and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester jointly commissioned the re-writing of Widmann’s Attempt at a Fugue.  U.S. Soprano Claron McFadden is once more at the heart of this work as her incredible vocal acrobatics demonstrate the power of the human voice.  Mozart re-arranged his C Fugue for strings, with an introductory Adagio reminiscent of a French overture. Widmann‘s highly original String Sextet, 180 Beats Per Minute, was inspired by music from his college days. He demonstrates his own versatility performing Weber’s dramatic Clarinet Quintet.  This tour has been generous supported by Culture Ireland.


December’s ADVENT AND ARIAS, features the radiant cantata Dies Natalis, Finzi's finest work. Tenor Robin Tritschler aptly reflects the joy and wonder of a newborn child’s innocent perspective on the world. Tritschler sings festive carols alongside an aria from Handel’s beautiful Chandos Anthems, The Lord Preserveth All Them That Love Him. Katherine Hunka directs the ICO in Albinoni's Adagio, a breathtakingly beautiful piece of stately baroque brilliance alongside Elgar’s much-loved SerenadeHandel’s Allegro is from one of a series of twelve dashing and elegant concerti grossi where he explores, kaleidoscopically, the shifting relationships among the string instruments.  Katherine Hunka and the ICO present these two festive concerts with Tritschler at Monkstown Church, Dublin  on Thursday 12 December and at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick on Friday 13 December


Join us for another terrific season of music! The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.  Further information/images available from charlotte.eglington@ul.ie


See www.irishchamberorchestra.com for details.   LISTINGS BELOW







Irish Chamber Orchestra

Brett Dean Conductor/Viola 



Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K.477 Maurerische Trauermusik

Mozart Prelude & Fugue in D Minor, K405/4 (after J.S. Bach’s BWV 877)

Dean Short Stories Nos. 1 & 2 Devotional, Premonitions
Mozart Prelude & Fugue in E, K 405/3 (after Bach's BWV 878)
Dean Short Stories Nos. 3 & 4 Embers, Komarov's Last Words
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in b minor (after Bach's BWV 849)
Dean  Short Stories No. 5 Arietta
Mozart  Adagio & Fugue in A minor, K 405/3 (after Bach's BWV 867)

Hindemith  Trauermusik for Solo Viola and Strings
Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Michelle Casteletti)


Wednesday 11 September Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin @ 8pm www.irishchamberorchestra.com

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children

Thursday 12 September CIT Cork School of Music, Cork @ 7.30pm (Cork Orchestral Society) www.corkorchestralsociety.ie €25, €20, €5 students €15, €10 (COS members)

Friday 13 September St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm www.irishchamberorchestra.com

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children


Irish Chamber Orchestra

The Stunning, Sultans of Ping, Mundy, Picturehouse, The Frank and Walters,

Therapy, Something Happens


Friday 20 September Semple Stadium, Tipperary @ 3pm

Saturday 21 September Semple Stadium, Tipperary @ 11 am www.ticketmaster.ie



Irish Chamber Orchestra

Gábor Káli Conductor

Sheku Kanneh-Mason Cello



Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op. 84

Deirdre McKay Meltwater

Saint Saens Cello Concerto No. 1  in A minor, Op. 33

Bizet Symphony in C major


Wednesday 23 October University Concert Hall, Limerick @ 8pm 061 331549 www.uch.ie

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children

Thursday 24 October St Peter’s Church of Ireland, Drogheda @ 7.30pm

 (Drogheda Classical Music) 041 983 3946 www.droichead.com Advance €19, €17 conc*, €5 student/child 








Irish Chamber Orchestra

Jörg Widmann Conductor/Clarinet

Claron McFadden Soprano



Mendelssohn  String Symphony No. 8

Widmann Attempt at a Fugue for Soprano & Orchestra

(ICO/Stuttgarter Kammerorchester commission for string orchestra)

Mozart Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546

Widmann 180 Beats per Minute

Weber Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 34


Saturday 16 November  Edman Chapel, Wheaton College, Illinois @ 7.30pm

Tuesday 19 November Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York @ 7.30pm

Wednesday 20 November Library of Congress, Washington DC  (on sale in August)





Irish Chamber Orchestra

Katherine Hunka Director

Robin Tritschler Tenor




Albinoni Adagio in G minor reconstructed by Remo Giazotto  (Choreography: Diane Daly)

Finzi Dies Natalis, Op. 8

Elgar Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Handel The Lord preserveth all them that love him from Chandos Anthem No. 5, HWV 250c

Handel Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op 6 No. 5, HWV 323

Christmas Carols


Thursday 12 December  Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin @ 8pm www.irishchamberorchestra.com

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children

Friday 13 December St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick @ 8pm www.irishchamberorchestra.com

€25, €22, €10 students, €5 children