RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Proinnsías Ó Duinn, Conductor Laureate
Mia Cooper, Leader
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 eclectic 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 to 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. Film screenings with live score include 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 as the ‘house orchestra’ on RTÉ TV’s The Late Late Show, it featured on Dancing with the Stars in February 2019, in the spectacular Centenary concert in 2016 as well as in Instrumental and The High Hopes Choir. The recently launched 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.