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2018

September 2018, Dublin

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jean Christophe Spinosi

ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

“..Spinosi’s relentless energy did seem to radiate outwards generating an upbeat, vibrant atmosphere – a quality that seems to have become something of an ICO trademark”.  Adrian Smith, The Journal of Music

“…the orchestra deserve great credit for maintaining their policy of commissioning new work and integrating it alongside pieces from the standard repertoire, thus setting an example that certain other state-funded orchestras would do well to replicate.   Adrian Smith, The Journal of Music

September 2018, Dublin

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Choir Ireland

STABAT MATER

“The performance was riveting from start to finish” Michael Dervan, Irish Times

September 2018, Tipperary

Irish Chamber Orchestra
The Stunning, An Emotional Fish, The Hothouse Flowers, The 4ofUs, The Frank & Walters

FEILE CLASSICAL

“It’s a beautifully balanced set with the delicate opening trio of Aeroplanes, Time is on the Wall and Julian bedecked with the luxurious strings of the ICO and backing vocals of Ciara Meade before they unleash the perfect howling storm of Lace Virginia….and Féile Classical finally feels like a proper concert. “ – Golden Plec

“That sets the scene for the onslaught of Brewing Up a Storm with the ICO unleashing some ferocious strings and percussion accompanying Steve Wall and the gang to deliver an overpowering set finale”.  ­– Golden Plec

August 2018, Kilkenny Arts Festival

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jorg Widmann Conductor
Caroline Widmann Violin

LATER BEETHOVEN SERIES

“an eloquent and imaginative account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto” – Michael Dervan, Irish Times

“Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony had a tautness of energy, sometimes touched with fierceness that kept one on the edge of one’s seat” –  Michael Dervan, Irish Times

April 2018

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Irish National Opera

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

“Under his (Peter Whelan’s) guidance the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the pit becomes a character in its own right, not just driving and supporting the drama, but effectively commenting on it, too.   Whelan doesn’t just glory in Mozart’s gorgeous writing for wind instruments. He shapes and frames phrases in ways that seem entirely fresh, sometimes generating a growl or a mutter, sometimes acting like a powerful spur to energise the action on the stage………. The brio and the poignancy of the orchestral music-making is well matched by the responsiveness of both singing and acting.” – Michael Dervan, Irish Times

“He (Patrick Mason) was abetted by the conductor Peter Whelan, who coaxed fleet playing from the Irish Chamber Orchestra” – Hugh Canning Sunday Times

“the Irish Chamber Orchestra delivered with its usual panache under conductor Peter Whelan” – Dick O Riordan Sunday Business Post

“Conductor Peter Whelan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra gave what was an invigorating performance, full of energy and lightness of touch.. ..The balance was well struck between singers and orchestra allowing the glorious vocal lines to soar.” – Andrew Larkin Backtrack

“Under Patrick Mason’s direction and the baton of Peter Whelan, this is an evening of unalloyed pleasure from beginning to end. – Patrick Viale No More Workhouse  

March 2018

Irish Chamber Orchestra
Jorg Widmann Principal Conductor
Elisabeth Leonskaja Piano

HEIDELBERG FRÜHLING  FESTIVAL

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra has spoiled the Heidelberger Frühling: with the beauty of their music and with the incredible enthusiasm in their music making. This would be unimaginable without their first guest principal conductor Jörg Widmann who again brought his clarinet with him”. – Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

“Widmann’s energy doesn’t seem to have any boundaries, he simply motivates everyone around him, be it the hard working shining brass, the zippy violins or the juicy explosions in sound.” –  Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

“Widmann pushes down the order of events, step by step, all the way into the cellar. What an evening!” – Rhein-Neckar Zeitung

“The IrishChamber Orchestra follows him (Widmann) unconditionally.” – Mannheimer Morgen

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