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Irish Memory Orchestra Apprentice Scheme – Deadline March 8th

Posted: 21 February, 2017

Are you a musician with a visual impairment and an interest in traditional, classical and/or jazz music?

Irish Memory Orchestra invites applicants for Apprentice Scheme 2017.

Would you like the chance to perform with the 100 member Irish Memory Orchestra for three major concerts in Christchurch Dublin, Clare and Galway in October 2017?

Would you like the chance to play with and learn from some of Ireland’s finest musicians?

Outstanding apprentices can win a Bill Whelan Scholarship and join the Irish Memory Orchestra for future concerts!

The Irish Memory Orchestra – the only orchestra in the world which plays music exclusively from memory – is seeking applications for its Apprentice Scheme until Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

Memory Orchestra Artistic Director Dave Flynn says:

“When the musicians perform from memory, they know the music intimately. They have spent a long time learning it by heart, so they have really lived with the music in a way that isn’t the case with musicians who rely on sheet music”.

The scheme is part of a cross-genre orchestra course which will run over the Halloween mid-term from 28th October, culminating in the world premiere of the Memory Symphony in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin on 4th November and in Galway on 5th November.

The 2017 scheme includes an ambitious plan to develop a spectacular 100-piece orchestra for the world premiere of Dave Flynn’s latest work The Memory Symphony, the first ever symphony composed specifically to be performed without sheet music on stage, which leaves it open and accessible to visually impaired musicians.

This innovative cross-genre orchestra training course was devised by the award-winning composer Dr Dave Flynn, a regular collaborator with Con Tempo Quartet, Crash Ensemble and RTÉ Concert and Irish Chamber Orchestras.

The orchestra, formerly the Clare Memory Orchestra, has combined the talents of some of Ireland’s leading traditional and classical musicians to create a distinctive new sound. These include Mick O’Brien (regular collaborator with Caomhín Ó Raghailligh of The Gloaming), Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow), Jack Talty & Matt Berrill (Ensemble Eriu), Neil Yates (Robbie Williams, Alison Moyet) and many others. Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill performed with the Irish Memory Orchestra in 2014. Nominated for an Allianz Business to Arts Award in 2014, the Orchestra’s Apprentice Scheme is aimed at advanced musicians of all ages and instruments (including voice) who perform traditional, classical and/or jazz music.

Since the first apprentice scheme in 2013, more than 150 musicians, including some from the USA and Canada, have travelled to Ireland to perform alongside the Memory Orchestra, sharing the stage with world-class musicians including Galway’s Matthew Berrill, Liz Coleman and Peter Berrill.

Legendary Galway accordionist Máirtín O’Connor (Riverdance/Dé Danann) will be the special guest for performances in major venues in Clare, Galway and Dublin over the October Bank Holiday Weekend, from October 27-29.

For more details about the apprentice scheme go to irishmemoryorchestra.com or email apprentices@irishmemoryorchestra.com.


Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill & Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra perform ‘An Irish Farrago’ – A suite of ancient and new traditional Irish tunes arranged by Hayes & Cahill with orchestration by Dave Flynn.

Clare Memory Orchestra Chamber and Vocal group at the premiere of Mná Brian Ború in St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe on October 21st 2014

The sound of the Irish Memory Orchestra lies somewhere between a big trad session, a modern classical orchestra, a jazz big band and an African rumba orchestra.

Clare Memory Orchestra in the ESB's Concert in the Cavern at Turlough Hill


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