Irish Chamber Orchestra 

Changing lives through Music

Newsletter Signup



Camille Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals is one of the greatest musical delights children can enjoy. A child prodigy himself, Saint-Saëns was renowned as a virtuoso pianist of wide-ranging tastes as well as being a prolific composer.

Carnival of the Animals – a witty, 14 movement ‘Grand Zoological Fantasy’ – was written while on vacation in Austria. Intended as just a bit of fun for friends, Saint-Saëns requested that it was never published or performed during his lifetime as he thought the work would tarnish his ‘serious’ image! Only ‘The Swan’ was published in the composer’s lifetime, but the Carnival has become a cornerstone of the classical repertoire and Saint-Saëns’ most popular work. Carnival of the Animals is beautiful, funny and clever all at once – enriched by witty verses from Ogden Nash.

Narrator Louis Lovett is Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed actor for young audiences. This is one for all the family!

More Information



Mozart combined the first two movements of the overture to his opera La Finta Giardiniera (KV 196) with a third movement in the style of a rustic dance (KV 121), to form the opening Symphony in D major (No. 51). The programme concludes with his Symphony No. 29:a crystallization of the young Mozart’s revelatory self-confidence in ever-expanding musical structures.

In between, two works by Stravinsky feature. His neo-classical Concerto in D is virtuosic and unparalleled in the repertoire for string orchestra. In his Septet, we meet the exploratory Stravinsky: a melody generated from a single series of notes unifies and informs this remarkably ingenious composition.

Haydn’s D major Concerto featuring Finghin Collins is a tour de force of fluency, warmth and taste for the soloist. This highly attractive and satisfying work also promises audiences a taste of the exotic: the Finale is a dazzling Gypsy-Rondo.

More Information



The Irish Chamber Orchestra looks forward to its first collaboration with Irish Youth Opera.

With its different moods backed by scintillating music, a libretto full of intrigue, deception and humorous escapades, Agrippina is a gem!

More Information



Music Factory Gulliver & Beyond, is the launchpad for this year’s summer camp. Children will embark on a fantastical adventure where music, storytelling, puppetry, visual arts, dance, theatre and film will be employed and explored, culminating in a performance for family and friends.

Kindly supported by Music Generation Limerick City and the President, University of Limerick.

Please print and return the completed Registration form, together with the camp fee of 90 euro per child, to Cathriona Murphy, Irish Chamber Orchestra, University of Limerick.

More Information



Katherine Hunka and the Irish Chamber Orchestra combine Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Vivaldi’s Seasons has long enjoyed immense popularity and never fails to enchant with its freshness and musical brilliance.

More Information



Travel back in time to the glory days of 19th century Vienna with a magical mix of music and song. A Vienna awash with opulent parties and glittering ballrooms filled with dancers whirling deliriously, revelling to a new phenomenon called the waltz. Josef Lanner transformed the peasant dance but the Strauss family soon captured a monopoly on both waltz and polka, feeding the insatiable demand of Vienna’s enthusiasm.

More Information



Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture is renowned for its powerful opening. This counter-balances the powerful symphonic close of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation), the heart of the programme. Mendelssohn’s obsession with Bach’s counterpoint inspired Widmann’s own Attempt at a Fugue for Soprano & Orchestra.

More Information



Gábor Takács-Nagy ends his journey with Haydn with two of his sensational violin concerti. The extraordinary violinist, Kristóf Barati performs these gems from Esterhazy. The virtuosic First, written for violinist Luigi Tomasini is reminiscent of Vivaldi. The Fourth is courtly and grand.

More Information



Sam Perkin’s Nimbus for String Orchestra has been generously funded by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Hungarian cellist István Várdai, whose youthful virtuosity won the hearts of fans, in 2013, makes a welcome return perfoming Schumann’s intensely romantic Cello Concerto. The traditional 3-movement Concerto is fused into one, demanding a broad palette of colours, a lightness of touch and Vardai’s reading of it is much anticipated.

More Information



The ICO welcomes back internationally renowned soprano Ailish Tynan who steps in for the incapacitated Fiona Murphy, who was scheduled to make her debut with the orchestra. Ailish sings firm French favourites alongside some best-loved traditional Christmas carols.

More Information


Copyright © 2011 Irish Chamber Orchestra. All Rights Reserved.
Charity Number 8789

  • Arts Council logo
  • Culture Fox logo