The Esker Festival Orchestra was set up in 2014 to provide a high quality, beneficial and meaningful musical opportunity for young emerging musicians from all across Ireland. The orchestra was set up to fill the musical and social void that currently exists in Ireland by allowing young musicians from across the country to perform together, socialise together and to build relationships that will be essential during their personal and professional lives. We strive to promote and develop orchestral music in Ireland by nurturing the talents of its emerging musicians and crucially to provide all of this with no financial burden on the musicians themselves. Finally it is unique in that it is entirely led and run by its members, allowing those taking part to gather invaluable experience in the world of orchestral music.
From June 26th to July 3rd the EFO will be resident in NUI Galway. Now in our third year, the project continues to grow and this summer we will present a series of concerts in Galway, including Film and Chamber Music Concerts and a return to the Galway Cathedral for our main concert on June 30th. We will follow this with a national tour including our first concert in Belfast, and concerts in Dublin and Cork.
This year will also feature our first collaboration with The Galway Music Residency and the Galway ConTempo Quartet who, along with members of the RTÉ Concert and Symphony Orchestras will provide tutoring to the the members of the orchestra. The orchestra will be performing Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, the Mozart G Major Flute Concerto with rising star Miriam Kaczor and a new work premiered the orchestra.
The Esker Festival Orchestra is a non-profit group, organised voluntarily by the musicians themselves. All the funding received will go towards paying for the accommodation and food for the musicians taking part, transport, venue and equipment hire. It is very important to us that no musicians are excluded based on lack of financial means.
In order to put on this ambitious and valuable project each year we rely on the kind and generous support of the people of Ireland. By supporting us now you can ensure we have the initial means to put on this ambitious project. The rewards for your support will not only be available for you during our concert series and tour but further by helping us to ensure the future of orchestral music in Ireland and helping to provide a beneficial opportunity, not only to the musicians themselves, but to the public and to future generations of musicians in Ireland.
Once again the Esker Festival Orchestra is now accepting player applications and submissions for an original composition to be rehearsed and performed during our project this summer. If you are interested in becoming a member of the orchestra or submitting a composition please visit www.eskerfestivalorchestra.com.
The Esker Festival Orchestral is gratefully supported by Irish Association of Youth Orchestras and the Arts Council of Ireland.