RTÉ Concert Orchestra

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Our Story

Enhancing life through music’s extraordinary capacity to communicate, motivate, uplift, educate and entertain is at the heart of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. We are dedicated to challenging performance boundaries by offering authentic and innovative interpretations of music across a variety of genres.

We strive to be a world-class ensemble that serves its audience, symbolising the diverse eclectic mix of multi-genre orchestral entertainment musical culture. We seek to develop indigenous talent and through our live performances, broadcast and other formats we aim to provide an accessible platform for new audiences of quality music.

Since 1948, we’ve been privileged to take part in a diverse catalogue of performances including momentous, goose-bump inducing occasions like *that* electrifying seven-minute interval performance that gave birth to the international phenomenon Riverdance. We’ve shared stages with classical legends like Pavarotti, international stars like Billy Ocean, home-grown talent like Imelda May and played for ballet and opera performances as well as introducing the excitement of live orchestral music to generations of school children for over 25 years through the Music in the Classroom series.  We’ve also been found on the big screen, most recently for Stephen Rennicks’ score of  the Oscar®, BAFTA and IFTA-winning Room (2016). Other times, we’re found on front of the big screen performing live orchestral scores of much-loved classics like Lord of the Rings (2012) or more recently Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (2016).

All the members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra are great artists individually – put together you can imagine. - Lalo Schifrin, Movie/jazz legend