RIAM Symphony Orchestra
The Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra is a group comprising eighty of the Academy’s finest musicians from North and South of the Border. Under the baton of James Cavanagh, this group makes several annual appearances at the National Concert Hall. The group meets weekly at the Academy to rehearse a wide variety of repertoire, which they perform regularly in concert in Dublin and around the country.
It has made several radio and television appearances on such programmes as the Gay Byrne Show and BBC’s Songs of Praise. In 1998 members of the Orchestra appeared in Symphony Hall Birmingham as part of a collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire. Most recently the Orchestra performed to critical acclaim under the baton of Gerhard Markson, Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in All Hallows College, Dublin.
In November 2002 members of the Orchestra travelled to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow to work with the distinguished conductor Richard Armstrong CBE in a concert tour of Glasgow, Dublin Belfast and Kendal.
Each year the Orchestra also participates in a very successful concert/lecture programme. An important aim of the Orchestra is to provide a platform for Academy students to perform as concerto soloists. Distinguished students who have performed with the Orchestra include cellist Gerald Peregrine, flautist Riona Ó Duinnín and pianist, Finghin Collins, winner of the 1999 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition.
Future plans include the world premiere of a work by Kevin O’Connell and a tour to the South of Spain.