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Corporate Partnerships

​Since founding in 2012 we have developed award-winning corporate partnerships with organisations including ESB, Clare County Council, RTÉ, Aer Lingus & the J.P. McManus Charitable Foundation. We won an Allianz Business to Arts Award with ESB/Electric Ireland in 2015 and were nominated with Clare County Council in 2014.

​For more information about how we support and benefit each other please email ​director@irishmemoryorchestra.com

Contact

BOOKINGS AND ARTISTIC QUERIES
Dr. Dave Flynn – Artistic Director
director@irishmemoryorchestra.com

OUTREACH AND EDUCATION QUERIES
Avril Crotty – Outreach Development Officer
outreach@irishmemoryorchestra.com

APPRENTICE SCHEME/YOUTH ORCHESTRA PARTICIPANT QUERIES
Uta Bean Ui Almhain – Apprentice Liaison Officer
apprentices@irishmemoryorchestra.com

OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER (FOR PHOTO REQUESTS)
​​JOHN O’NEILL
mrphoto@eircom.net

IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA LIMITED
STREAMSTOWN
CLIFDEN
GALWAY
​H71 X797
IRELAND

Achievements to Date

2004

Dave Flynn is the first Irish composer to receive a Masters in Composition from The Guildhall School of Music, London

2004

Dave Flynn is the first Irish composer to win The Composers Award at The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

2010

Dave Flynn is awarded the first ever Composition PhD from Dublin Institute of Technology

2010

Dave Flynn’s Fiddle Concerto ‘Aontacht’ premieres in The National Concert Hall with RTE Concert Orchestra

2012

Dave Flynn founds The Irish Memory Orchestra – 1st orchestra in the Western world to always perform without sheet-music

2013

‘Clare Concerto ‘Premiered with 70 piece Irish Memeory Orchestra In Glor

2014

Irish Memory Orchestra & RTÉ Concert Orchestra sell out National Concert Hall performing Flynn’s music ​

2014

Irish Memory Orchestra plays in Moscow Catholic Cathedral to 1100 strong crowd ​at Christmas Festival

2015

Irish Memory Orchestra headline South Korean Sori International Festival, Asia’s largest folk festival

2015

IMO wins Allianz Business to Arts Award with ESB

2016

Dave Flynn’wins Eamon Ceannt Memorial Commission Competition to compose a work for 1916 centenary

2016

Irish Memory Orchestra headlines Fleadh TV in front of a large worldwide audience

2017

World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s ‘Memory Symphony’ in Christchurch Cathedral

2018

​Headline appearances at London’s Cadogan Hall and Cork Folk Festival,

2019

​World Premiere of Dave Flynn’s ‘Vision Symphony’ with blind/vision-impaired musicians in glór

What Our Audiences Say

Another unbelievable performance. Would walk on hot coals to hear them again! BERNIE

Thank you for such a beautiful concert at the Catholic Church in Moscow! Wish you success all the time! ANDREW

their performance was so astounding! Wish you all the best of luck in spreading the joy! JUDITH

​Congrats to all concerned for that fantastic, amazing concert last night. Have been to many concerts in many places but that beat all! MARGARET 


Just wanted to say thanks for a truly unique musical experience …. So glad I got those last minute tickets! JASON

what a fantastic treat for the senses. Please please can we have another performance anywhere – MARY

I couldn’t stop smiling the whole way through, I now notice I wasn’t the only one! Privileged to have been part of the scheme, (along with my daughter Síofra last year) and made some new friends in the process too… BRIDGE

absolutely blown away by the whole concept of the IMO .. Brilliant and wonderful to hear and see such talented Irish musicians collaborating together on stage. Congrats ANNE

An absolute triumph! Next stop Carnegie Hall! MARY

Absolutely sublime and uplifting. Don’t miss them if you can. ALBERT

I have no words for how good this is! KRISTIAN

A River Dance moment for trad inspired Music. Brilliant! COLM

I was there and will never forget it. SPLORTZ

heard the London debut t’other night. very interesting music. KELAMUNI

Fíor concerto, níla leithéid aon áit eile ar domhan, b’fhêidir ar neamh! EILEEN

About

The only ensemble of its kind in the world, the IMO has wowed audiences from London to Moscow, Clare to Korea with its ground-breaking and inclusive approach to orchestral music. Since founding in 2012 the IMO has broken down barriers by removing sheet music from the stage, thus opening access to musicians and instruments not usually found in orchestral music.. Our 100% commitment to memorised performances sets us apart from every orchestra in the Western world.

The IMO has a core of 20 world-class musicians, led by founder/composer Dave Flynn, conductor Bjorn Bantock and orchestra leader Niamh Varian-Barry. This outstanding ensemble blends ancient Celtic instruments with orchestral strings, winds and brass, guitars and a jazz-tinged rhythm section.

The orchestra has played to capacity houses nationally and internationally, including Moscow’s Catholic Cathedral, London’s Cadogan Hall, South Korea’s Sori Festival and with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Ireland’s National Concert Hall. The IMO’s innovative collaborations with leading traditional Irish musicians including Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Mary Bergin & Máirtín O’Connor are acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Awards & Nominations:

2020 – Silver award at the All-Ireland Community and Council Awards for ‘The Vision Symphony, a world-first project, when the IMO were joined by 26 talented blind and vision-impaired musicians to premiere Dave Flynn’s ‘Vision Symphony’ in glór. Read more about the Vision Symphony here
2019 – Excellence in Local Government Awards – Nominated for ‘The Vision Symphony’ in Disability Services Provision
2015 – Allianz Business to Arts Award with the ESB for the Concert in the Cavern
2014 – Allianz Business to Arts Award Nomination and Commendation with Clare County Council for ‘The Clare Concerto’

MISSION STATEMENT

We operate with a core message of Innovative Irish Inclusivity . We redefine orchestral music by always performing by memory with a unique instrumentation and repertoire. Our artistic practice sets us apart from every other orchestra in the world.

VALUES

​We seek to work with exceptional musicians including those who wouldn’t ordinarily have access to orchestral music. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion has ensured we are a gender-balanced ensemble that has given opportunities to a wide cross-section of the community including blind/visually impaired musicians and people aged 10 to 90.

RESOLVE

For the West of Ireland to have an award-winning orchestra that is the only ensemble of its kind in the world, it has taken determination, resolve and extraordinary artistic vision.

GOVERNANCE

​Irish Memory Orchestra Limited is a non-profit Private Company Limited by Shares. Company Number 656735.

Photo of THE HORN & PERCUSSION SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O'Neill
Photo of THE HORN & PERCUSSION SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O’Neill
Photo of THE WIND & REED SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O'Neill
Photo of THE WIND & REED SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O’Neill
Photo of THE STRING SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O'Neill
Photo of THE STRING SECTION OF THE IRISH MEMORY ORCHESTRA. Photo: John O’Neill

IMO Youth Orchestra & Choir Application Form

Applicant's Name
Please tick the appropriate box:(Required)
Date of Birth(Required)
Applicants must be aged between 10 and 24 at the time of applying
Are you blind or vision impaired?(Required)
Please tick the appropriate box below.(Required)
You can tick both of the boxes above to audition for the Youth Orchestra and the Youth Choir if you wish. However, you can only be accepted for one or the other.

Below, please submit video auditions of 2 contrasting pieces/songs on each instrument/voice you wish to audition for (maximum 3 instruments/6 videos). We can only accept streaming Youtube links, not downloads.

If you prefer your video to not be public please ensure you save it as 'Unlisted' when uploading to Youtube. Do not upload videos as 'Private' because the audition panel will not be able to view them!

Were you previously a member of the Irish Memory Orchestra Apprentice Scheme?(Required)
GDPR(Required)
Disclaimer(Required)

Payment

Non-refundable Audition Fee
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IMO Youth Orchestra & Choir

Applications are now open for young musicians wishing to audition for the 2021/22 IMO Youth Orchestra & Choir

We are delighted to announce that the Irish Memory Orchestra is now inviting applications from musicians aged 10 – 24, to participate in the 2021/22 IMO Youth Orchestra & Choir programme: ‘Vision and Memory’.

This new cross-genre orchestra is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Young Ensemble Scheme and will meet in Galway City from 12th-16th April 2022, with online learning and preparation beginning in November 2021.

Following an audition process, a large number of young full-sighted, blind and visually-impaired instrumentalists and singers will be selected to rehearse and perform alongside core members of the Irish Memory Orchestra and professional blind and visually-impaired musicians.

Play an RTÉ news clip about the world premiere of The Vision Symphony in 2019

Together they will work towards a performance of Dave Flynn’s groundbreaking work, The Vision Symphony, in Galway on Easter Saturday, 16th April 2022. The performance will be conducted by Bjorn Bantock and will also include the world premiere of a new collaborative work composed by young blind/visually-impaired composers.

All of the musicians involved in the programme will perform from memory. Without the need for sheet music, the notion of disability recedes and enables each member of the orchestra to contribute equally. The most outstanding applicants will be selected as Youth Orchestra section leaders, and will work alongside professional members of the Irish Memory Orchestra to mentor their section. For all of the young participants, the experience of working with acclaimed musicians from diverse musical backgrounds promises to be an unforgettable creative and social experience.

Play a short documentary about the world premiere of The Vision Symphony in 2019

Who can apply?

Young musicians aged 10-24 who live in Ireland or are Irish citizens, and meet the following criteria, are invited to apply:

  • Instrumentalists performing on any instrument in a range of genres (trad, jazz, world, classical etc).
  • Singers performing in any style
  • All instruments and vocal styles will be considered. Musicians who have a high level of ability in traditional Irish music, classical music and/or jazz will be prioritised.
  • Musicians who have reached an intermediate level of proficiency at a minimum, with the passion and commitment to perform a challenging programme by memory
  • It is not necessary to be able to read music to participate. Musicians who can and can not read music are catered for.

Schedule

Thursday 26th August 2021: Applications Open

Friday 1st October 2021: Applications Close

November 2021 – April 2022: Participants must be available for online tuition approximately once a month

Tuesday 12th – Friday 15th April 2022: Rehearsal period in Galway City

Saturday 16th April 2022: Final rehearsal and public performance in Galway City

Costs

  • There are no tuition fees in 2021/22
  • Participants must organise and pay for their own travel and accommodation, and supervision is not provided for younger participants outside of the rehearsal hours.
  • Further details on the rehearsal and performance venue in Galway will follow, along with a recommended accommodation option, if required.
  • There will be several travel and accommodation scholarships for blind and vision-impaired musicians/singers.
  • An audition fee of €12 will apply per applicant.

Apply now

To apply, please complete the online form at the link below and send us video auditions of yourself performing 2 contrasting pieces/songs on each instrument you wish to audition for.

Application deadline: Friday 1st October 2021.

Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Young Ensemble Scheme

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