RTÉ Concert Orchestra

RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Conductor Laureate Proinnsías Ó Duinn
Leader Mia Cooper

Introducing orchestral music to new audiences since 1948, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra has built a strong connection with the public that saw it voted the World’s Favourite Orchestra 2015.

With its commitment to an eclectic range of programming, the RTÉ CO has performed with artists including Pavarotti, Lang Lang, Lalo Schifrin, Marvin Hamlisch and Cleo Laine. Performances with Irish artists include Declan O’Rourke, Sinéad O’Connor and Imelda May. A recent hugely successful collaboration with RTÉ 2fm and DJ Jenny Greene won the IMRO Outstanding Achievement Award 2018.

The RTÉ CO performed in seven Eurovision Song Contests, including the famous Riverdance interval act. Film credits include Stephen Rennicks’ score for the Oscar® and BAFTA-winning Room and Brian Byrne’s Golden Globe-nominated score to Albert Nobbs. Recent recordings include Howard Shore’s A Palace Upon the Ruins, Seán Keane’s Gratitude and Niall Horan’s Flicker.

Opera, ballet and choral performances include collaborations with Irish National Opera, English National Ballet and Our Lady’s Choral Society. A series of film screenings with live score has included the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the world première of Vertigo, the European première of An American in Paris and the Irish première of Jaws in Concert.

The RTÉ CO has appeared in recent years as the ‘house orchestra’ on RTÉ TV’s The Late Late Show, it featured on a highly successful episode of Dancing with the Stars in February 2019, in the spectacular Centenary concert in 2016 as well as in TV series Instrumental and The High Hopes Choir. Starting in 2019, the Strings Attached sessions feature a range of top talent – ranging from Villagers to Zoë Conway – invited to collaborate with the RTÉ CO for programmes broadcast on Bank Holiday Mondays on RTÉ Radio 1.

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