Professional Opportunity for Blind and Vision-Impaired Musicians

Professional Opportunity for Blind and Vision-Impaired Musicians

Friday, 31 May 2019, 8.00pm

Have you ever dreamed of performing with an orchestra but were excluded from doing so due to a visual impairment?

“The Vision Symphony” is a world's first project aimed at giving opportunities to blind and vision-impaired instrumentalists to perform professionally in a cross-genre orchestra involving musicians skilled in classical music, Irish traditional music, jazz and other styles.

Applications are now open for this unique project which has been devised by Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra, in association with Clare Arts Office and 3L Music, with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland and Creative Ireland.

The project involves a commitment of one week in Ennis, County Clare from 21-26 October 2019. Applicants must be available for the full week of mentoring and rehearsals.

Successful applicants will be mentored by members of the IMO and internationally renowned conductor Bjorn Bantock, leading to rehearsals and a performance in glór theatre, Ennis on October 26 for the World Premiere of Dave Flynn's 'Vision Symphony', an exciting and moving 30 minute work created especially for this project.

Successful applicants will be compensated for mentoring time, rehearsals, performance and travel within Ireland. Hotel accommodation and food will be provided. While applicants outside Ireland may apply, the project can only cover travel expenses within Ireland.

We welcome applications from blind and vision-impaired instrumentalists skilled in any genre who are interested in participating in this cross-genre environment.

The project will provide various learning materials including audio recordings and braille notation, so there is no requirement to be able to read sheet music.

No age restrictions apply, any blind or vision-impaired instrumentalist of a high standard will be considered. Musicians under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

This project is not suitable for vocalists or beginners/intermediate players.

For more information, including details of fees/expenses please contact the project manager Bernie Healy - [email protected]; Ph +353872615514

To apply please send the following to [email protected] by 31st May 2019 as limited places are available.

- A short biography including contact details and your age (if under 18)

- Two contrasting recordings which best demonstrate your musical ability

Streamable video links and audio links are preferable, or post your application with a CD/DVD to:

Vision Symphony Applications
Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra
Streamstown, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland, H71 X797

About Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra:

"the first and only orchestra in the western world to play exclusively from memory" The Irish Times

“if you ever get a chance to see them together, pay any price you can afford!' The Irish Examiner

Ireland’s living music tradition soars into the 21st Century with Dave Flynn's Irish Memory Orchestra. Founded by Dave Flynn as a vehicle for his award-winning compositions, the IMO has a core of 20 world-class musicians. Conducted by Bjorn Bantock, this outstanding ensemble blends ancient Celtic instruments with orchestral strings, winds and brass and a jazz-tinged rhythm section.

The Irish Memory Orchestra regularly collaborates with some of the most renowned traditional Irish musicians including Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Máirtín O'Connor. ​2018 season highlights included headline performances at London’s Cadogan Hall and Cork Folk Festival.

The orchestra has played to capacity houses both nationally and internationally including Moscow's Catholic Cathedral and South Korea's Sori Festival. They have performed in collaboration with Martin Hayes and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Ireland's National Concert Hall. In 2015 they were awarded an Allianz Business to Arts Award with the ESB for the ESB's Concert in the Cavern.


Clare Arts Office, Symphony Research Project , Promo , 2018 , 3 mins

Published on 11 May 2019

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