Irish Memory Orchestra

  • Community: Our Apprenticeship Schemes are orchestral and choral training programmes which engage communities in ways that truly make a difference.
  • Inclusive: Our schemes are inclusive to musicians trained in classical, traditional, jazz and/or popular music styles, whether or not they can read sheet music.
  • Access: Our schemes also give opportunities to talented musicians who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to orchestral performances either due to disability, age, financial circumstances or the simple fact that the instrument they play isn’t usually used in orchestral training programmes.
  • Legacy: Since 2013 we have trained over 200 talented musicians aged 10 – 90 in our unique performance methods.
  • Advancement: Our schemes provide excellent professional development opportunities. Several apprentices have graduated to perform professionally with us and other ensembles.
  • Membership: Three of our core professional members started with us as apprentices – Matthew Berrill, Alex Borwick and Róisín Donohoe. Several of our deputy members were also apprentices.
  • Mentorship: Apprentices have rehearsed and performed with some of Ireland’s finest musicians under the guidance of scheme leaders Dr. Dave Flynn and Bjorn Bantock.
  • Professional: Apprentices have performed in professionally produced world premieres of large orchestral works in major venues including Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin and glór, sharing the stage with leading soloists including Máirtín O’Connor and Martin Hayes.
  • International Reach: Musicians have travelled from the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, UK and all over Ireland to take part in our Apprentice Schemes. Our 2021 scheme is limited to Irish citizens and residents due to funding conditions and Covid-19, however we hope to be able to accept international participants again.

Bill Whelan Scholarships

At our last Apprentice Scheme six talented apprentices were awarded scholarships thanks to the generous support of composer Bill Whelan. The winners are pictured below.