Irish Memory Orchestra 10th Anniversary Concert

Irish Memory Orchestra 10th Anniversary Concert

Saturday, 12 August 2023, 8.30pm

The Irish Memory Orchestra conducted by Dave Flynn (conductor and guitar); Brid Harper (fiddle); Tara Connaghan (fiddle); Jack Talty (concertina); Aisling Agnew (flute/whistle); Matthew Berrill (sax/clarinet); Anne-Marie O'Farrell (Harp); Roisin Donohoe (viola/voice); Neil O Lochlainn (double bass); Etain McCooey (oboe); Brian Fleming (percussion) with members of the IMO Youth Orchestra.


1st Half

1. Opening Medley with works by composers including Anne-Marie O'Farrell, J.S.Bach, Brid Harper and Paddy O'Brien.

2. The Cuckoo composed by Máirtín O’Connor

3. Music for the Departed – World Premiere of new arrangement of suite composed by Dave Flynn

2nd Half

1. Deich - World Premiere of new 10th Anniversary fanfare composed by Dave Flynn

2. Lost in the Loop composed by Liz Carroll and Cat Chase Mouse composed by Mairtín O’Connor

3. Suite from The Clare Concerto composed by Dave Flynn

‘Composer Dave Flynn has assembled a formidable collective of musicians, composing critically acclaimed music especially for them ... they are steadily garnering a reputation for melding traditional and classical music with a twist' - The Irish Times

‘I've never seen musicians work so brilliantly together and with such intensity. If you ever get a chance to see them together, pay any price you can afford!’ - Fergus Finlay, Irish Examiner

‘Flynn’s craft in combining traditional and contemporary music elements is always something to appreciate’ - Journal of Music

Founded and artistically led by Dave Flynn, the Irish Memory Orchestra has been described in The Irish Times as ‘a bold, visionary undertaking.’ After a decade of critically acclaimed performances from Clare to Korea, the IMO has chosen Ireland’s National Concert Hall to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Performed by some of Ireland’s finest musicians, this concert promises to be a highlight in the year’s calendar. Featuring audience favourites composed by a range of Irish composers alongside the World Premiere of Deich, a fanfare by Dave Flynn and a new arrangement of his Music for the Departed, this programme has something for everyone and can be enjoyed by all music lovers. For a grand finale at the end of the concert and showcasing the IMO’s outreach programmes throughout its history, these IMO musicians will be joined by talented young musicians from the IMO Youth Orchestra launched in Galway last year and some past Apprentices.

A lively Opening Medley of works by various composers including J.S. Bach, Bríd Harper, Anne-Marie O’Farrell and Paddy O'Brien, will be followed by a firm favourite at IMO concerts, The Cuckoo composed by Máirtín O’Connor. The first half will close with the World Premiere of a new arrangement of Music for the Departed by IMO’s Artistic Director and composer Dave Flynn. Music for the Departed is a musical description of the grieving process in seven continuous sections, which was first performed in 2006 as a work for trio Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill (who, sadly, passed away last year) and Ioana Petcu-Colan, and by the IMO conducted by Bjorn Bantock on a specially constructed stage in an underground cavern at the ESB Power Station in Turlough Hill, Co. Wicklow in 2014 to mark the power station’s 40th anniversary. Dave has arranged Music for the Departed specially for this 10th Anniversary concert in memory of Dennis Cahill.

Staying with new works, the second half of this concert will open with the World Premiere performance of Deich, a new 10th Anniversary fanfare composed by Dave Flynn to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Irish Memory Orchestra. This will be followed by traditional Irish music by Irish composers - Lost in the Loop by Liz Carroll and Cat Chase Mouse by Mairtín O’Connor. Marking 10 years since its premiere by the IMO at glór in Ennis in November 2013, the concert will finish with a Suite from The Clare Concerto by Dave Flynn, which was commissioned by the Clare Arts Office under The Per Cent for Art Scheme.

Presented by The Irish Memory Orchestra
​​​​​​This concert is supported by The Arts Council /An Chomhairle Ealaíon with YPCE Bursary funding.
The IMO would also like to acknowledge sponsorship by IMRO as part of its public relations programme.
This event is also supported by RTÉ Supporting the Arts.

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Published by The Irish Memory Orchestra on 26 May 2023

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