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The Music in Me:

In October 2009 the Irish Chamber Orchestra performed a regional concert in Rathkeale, Co Limerick. In the lead up, an ICO facilitator worked with 20 pupils from Colaiste na Trocaire’s 2nd year Music Class to compose an anthem. The pupils wrote a powerful piece ‘The Music in Me’ which they performed with the ICO as part of this regional concert. Such was the strength of the composition that the ICO invited pupils from Killaloe Community College and Laurel Hill Colaiste to join the composers at a concert in February 2010 at UCH, Limerick. 90 pupils sang the anthem accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra. his song was also featured on a  UL promotional film for the Sing Out with Strings Scholarship Programme featuring Micheal O’Súilleabháin.

Doras Luimni Composition Project

Doras Luimni is an independent non-governmental organisation based in Limerick that supports the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and all migrants. In December 2010 Doras Luimni celebrated its tenth anniversary and, in preparation, an ICO facilitator worked with 30 pupils from Presentation Secondary School to compose a new work entitled ‘Many Voices, One Home.’ This was performed by the pupils with ICO musicians.  It was a short term project with long term aims, bringing pupils from different cultural backgrounds together to discuss wider issues of culture, identity and experiences of home and friendship.

Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin; Composition Project

Irish composer Ian Wilson worked with ICO musicians with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Together they have produced a piece for string quartet and soprano based on the experience of stroke. This composition was performed in Adelaide and Meath Hospital with soprano Deirdre Moynihan as part of the National Centre for Arts and Health Concert Series.

The Limerick Lullaby Project; Mothers, Musicians, Midwives and Medics

limerick-lullaby-projectThe Limerick Lullaby Project explores the benefits of mothers singing lullabies during their pregnancy. The Lullaby Research Team at the University of Limerick is a collaboration between the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Graduate Entry Medical School, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The study involved women recruited through the Limerick Regional Maternity ante-natal education classes and explored the use of music and particularly singing as an alternative strategy for reducing stress. The initial findings proved extremely interesting, indicating that singing was an effective method of stress relief for mothers, both during and following pregnancy.

Ceol na Mara

Ceol na Mara Summer School for Strings takes place each July in Kylemore Abbey, Connemara and is designed to provide string players of all ages and standards the opportunity to meet and play music together under the guidance of ICO’s Oonagh Keogh, Director and Lisa Grosman. The course includes master classes, chamber music and workshops in Irish traditional music. For more information click on the following link

Saturday Strings at the ICO

An innovative string programme run by ICO violinist Diane Daly on Saturday mornings at the ICO Studio. The programme includes pre-instrumental classes for 4-7 yr olds, beginner strings, continuing strings and chamber groups. For more information click on the following link


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