Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra performs by heart and straight from the heart. Bringing together the finest classical, traditional and jazz musicians, it has wowed audiences across the globe with its ground-breaking and inclusive approach to music-making.
“I’ve never seen musicians work together so brilliantly and with such intensity...”
Fergus Finlay, Irish Examiner
For this performance the Irish Memory Orchestra will be joined by the talented young full-sighted, blind and visually impaired musicians of the IMO Youth Orchestra & Choir, and by Galway-based Cois Cladaigh Chamber Choir. Conducted by Dave Flynn, together they will perform Flynn’s extraordinary Vision Symphony and excerpts from Flynn’s Clare Concerto. The performance will also include the world premieres of two new choral works composed by young blind composers Keri-Marie Kelly and Robert Creed, conducted by Frank Kelly.
“Flynn's craft in combining traditional and contemporary music elements is always something to appreciate, but here he achieved more; he has broken down boundaries for people with sight loss.” The Journal of Music
All of the musicians onstage will perform from memory. Without the need for sheet music, the notion of disability recedes and enables each musician to contribute equally in what promises to be an unforgettable experience for audience members and participants alike.
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland's Young Ensemble Scheme.
Supported by IMRO, Clare Arts Office, the Contemporary Music Centre's archival recording scheme, RTÉ Supporting the Arts and the Hurley Family.