The Irish Memory Orchestra

Comhghairdeas ó chroí le Sorcha​ ​Nic​ ​an tSionnaigh​ ​5A1, a fuair áit i mbliana ar Cheolfhoireann Náisiúnta na Cuimhne.  Seo a cuntas féin mar gheall ar an gCeolfhoireann agus an onóir a bhain le bheith páirteach i dtionsnamh dá léithéid:

“The Irish Memory Orchestra is a uniquely Irish Orchestra, founded by composer Dr. Dave Flynn in 2012.  Based in Clare it features musicians,
drawn from all quarters of the world, who are skilled in either classical
music or traditional Irish music.  The focus is on the presentation of Irish
traditional music, old and new, in contemporary orchestral settings.  The 80
piece orchestra is the first and only one in the Western world to play
exclusively from memory.  At the recent World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s brand new Memory Symphony at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral only the conductor, Bjorn Bantock, had sheet music in front of him. The rest of the orchestra committed the entire symphony (25 minutes) along with extracts from other works of his to memory.

I know this is absolutely the case as I was privileged to be selected to take
part in the 2017 Irish Memory Orchestra Apprentice Programme. The
month of October was spent at home learning and memorising the various
tunes that form the basis of the symphony.  Once this task was complete it
was off for a “bootcamp” week in Athenry, Co. Galway along with the other apprentices, some of the twenty professional musicians involved (including
Dave Flynn and Mairtin O’ Connor), and the conductor, to work together on
the classical-style arranging of the music and bring it up to performance
standard.  It was an incredible opportunity for us amateur musicians to
experience the level of intense preparation required for a professional
performance.  It was hard work and the days were long but it was absolutely
enjoyable, playing beautiful music in a new and unique environment,
making new musical friends, renewing old friendships (Áine Humphries,
Siansa 2016)”.

Maith tú, a Shorcha!