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23/24
September 18th-30th, 2023
Irish National Opera

Breathwork

September 28th-30th 2023
The Cube, Project Arts Centre

Part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Éna Brennan: No way Out

Beware! The well is poisoned. The sea is infected. Everything has been consumed. Lamentation is too late. Guilt has no positive outcome. An opera about a dystopian world affected by some form of destructive force.

This intimate new opera by the multi-talented Éna Brennan (aka Dowry) — composer, arranger, violinist and graphic designer — is a statement of horror and protest in response to the destruction of our environment. Breathwork, with a text by Olivier award-winning director David Pountney, offers a foretaste of a larger operatic collaboration that will premiere at Austria’s Bregenz Festival next year.

Running time 15-20 minutes.
Six performances daily.

Sung in English.

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‘Breathwork’ is a companion work to a larger composition ‘Hold Your Breath’ by Éna Brennan and David Pountney which has been commissioned by Bregenzer Festspiele

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October 14th, 2023
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

October 14th 2023, 2.00pm
The Drum, Brent Civic Centre

Tim Steiner, presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter

Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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October 20th, 2023
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

October 20th, 7.30pm
Stoller Hall

Anne-Marie O'Farrell: Rann Dó Trí
Aratiunian: Trumpet Concerto
Coult: La Follia (Vivaldi)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

October 23rd, 2023
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

October 23rd, 3.00pm
The Hexagon, Reading

Tim Steiner, presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

November 2nd, 2023
London Symphony Orchestra

Dogs Don't Do Ballet!

November 2nd 2023, 1pm
The Barbican, London
 
Presented by Rachel Leach
 

Beach: Bal Masque 
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op 71: 2: March 
Elgar: Enigma Variations: No 11.
Leach: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet! 
Herold/ Lanchbery: Clog Dance from La fille mal gardee
Delibes: Coppelia Waltz
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite Op 20 3. Danse des Cygnes
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite Op 20 1. Scene
Leach: Cheer Up! 
Leach: Biff 
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Op 71: 8 Valse des Fleurs 

This concert is inspired by the book, Dog Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp (Author), Sara Ogilvie (Illustrator).

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November 26th-December 1st, 2023
And Other Duties

Orchestras of the Future

November 26th – December 1st, 2023
National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

With Marin Alsop in association with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin

The Rite of Spring is as exhilarating as it is complex, as rewarding as it is challenging. Metaphors, perhaps, for what it is to be a conductor.

But what does it take to lead an orchestra in the 21st century? That is the question we will be asking on this 6-day course.

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Dec 15th/16th, 2023
Irish Chamber Orchestra

CHRISTMAS
with Ailish Tynan

December 15th 2023, 1pm & 7.30pm

St. Mary’s Cathedral

December 16th 2023, 7pm
St. Edan’s Cathedral, Ferns, Co. Wexford 7:00pm

Karen Ní Bhroin, conductor
Ailish Tynan, soprano

Corelli: Concerto Grosso op.6, No.8 Christmas Concerto
John Tavener: The Lamb
Finzi: Dies Natalis, Op. 8 ‘Wonder’
Mozart:  Exultante Jubilate
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Adam: O, Holy Night 
Anon.: Adeste Fideles
Mohr/Gruber: Silent Night

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2024
January 10th 2024
London School Symphony Orchestra
January 10th 2024

The Barbican Centre, London

Smyth: The Wreckers
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 with soloist Clare Hammond
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique 

February 3rd 2024
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

February 3rd 2024, 2.00pm
Sunderland, Firestation

Tim Steiner, Presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
 
February 6th 2024
Sinfonia Viva

ENERGY

February 6th 2024, 1.30pm & 7pm
Derby Theatre, Derby UK

Join us on a musical expedition to a brighter future led by brilliant young minds from Derby. Energy explores innovative solutions to the energy and climate crises through brand-new music and classical pieces performed by our orchestra and local students.

Energy is a collaborative production by Sinfonia Viva, Derby Museums, Rolls-Royce plc and Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, uniting forces to inspire a brighter, more sustainable future.

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February 10th 2024
Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra

FESTIVAL

February 10th 2024
National Concert Hall, Dublin

Part of IAYO Festival of Youth Orchestras.

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (1919 version)

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February 19th 2024
SETU Music School In Association with Irish National Opera

WORKSHOPS

February 19th 2024
Waterford, Ireland

Workshops at the SETU Music School. 

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March 10th 2024
University of Leeds & Leeds Conservatoire Orchestra

STUDENT CONCERT

March 10th 2024, 2.30pm
The Refectory, Leeds, UK

Smyth: The Wreckers Overture
Gershwin: Cuban Overture Lee Reynolds
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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March 16th 2024
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Relaxed Performance

March 6th, 2.00pm
Scunthorpe, Bath's Hall, UK

Tim Steiner, Presenter
Angie Newman, BSL Interpreter
Musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
March 21st - 26th 2024
And Other Duties

STUDIO SESSIONS

March 21st - 26th 2024
FAMES Institute, Skopje, Macedonia

in association with FAMES

It is vital for a musician today to be as comfortable in the studio as they are in the concert hall. But the rhythm and vocabulary of recording is very different to that of performing. So how do you get your first experience of working when the red light is on?

And Other Duties, in collaboration with FAME’S is offering a rare chance for eight conductors to spend five full days in one of the world’s busiest orchestral recording studios.

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April 9-12th 2024
West of England Youth Orchestra

FAMILY CONCERT

April 12th, 3pm
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, UK

A family adventure through the whizzpopping stories of Roald Dahl.

Once upon a time…four of the most magical words in the English language! But what happens when you add music to a story? We’ll be finding out when some of Roald Dahl’s most famous texts are set to music. Join the West of England Youth Orchestra for a captivating musical celebration of beloved author Roald Dahl’s work. We’ll hear Paul Patterson’s fantastic setting of Little Red Riding Hood, music from Tim Minchin’s record-breaking West End musical Matilda, plus plenty more surprises – all conducted and presented by WEYO favourites Karen Ní Bhroin and Tom Redmond. This concert is fun for the whole family!

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April 22nd-26th 2024
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

TOUR

Karen returns for a tour with BBC Now, bringing the BBC 10 pieces to thousands of students!

May 2nd 2024
Manchester Camerata

DISRUPTORS

May 2nd 2024, 7.30pm
Albert Hall, Manchester, UK

/dɪsˈrʌp.tər/ a person or thing that prevents something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected.

Carmel Smickersgill: New Work
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1
Beethoven: Symphony No.8

Join us at The Factory International for an orchestral experience where we put you at the heart of the performance. Take your conventional orchestral performance and rip it up because this is what we’ll be doing! The ultimate orchestral disruptor, Beethoven, features throughout the programme alongside Manchester-based Carmel Smickersgill who has been commissioned to write a piece specifically on the theme of disruption for you all to be immersed in. BBC Young Musician finalist, Ethan Loch performs Beethoven’s youthful first piano concerto.

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June 13th, 2024
London Symphony Orchestra

SHOW CASE

June 13th, 2024, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

LSO Discovery participant groups perform together with the London Symphony Orchestra, in a showcase of the LSO’s learning and community programme.

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August 15th/17th 2024
Bregenzer Festspiele

WORLD PREMIERE

August 15th 2024, 8.00 pm
Werkstattbühne, Austria

Éna Brennan: Hold Your Breath
Libretto by David Pountney

Sung in English with German surtitles

Duration: approx. 90 minutes (no intermission)

Commissioned by the Bregenzer Festspiele as part of the Opernatelier, in cooperation with Kunsthaus Bregenz

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