Manchester Irish Festival will welcome the city's first full Irish orchestra at Manchester Cathedral next month.
Using the ancient Greek name for their homeland, the Ivernia Orchestra are drawn from across the Emerald Isle and will perform a series of stirring works melding classical orchestral scores with traditional Irish music on Sunday March 11.
Ivernia’s conductor and Galway girl Sinéad Hayes will lead the special Beyond the Shamrock: Music from Ireland performance for the festival, with this year marking its 17 th anniversary as one of Europe’s largest celebrations of Irish culture.
“This is a very exciting project for me,” said Sinead. “As well as being a conductor of classical music, I have played and listened to traditional Irish music all my life - it is thrilling to bring the two worlds together to a wider audience.”
Michael McGoldrick, Manchester’s celebrated traditional and award-winning flautist will also be joining the orchestra for a rendition of Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin’s work Oileán/Island .
Manchester Irish Festival’s Lawrence Hennigan added: “We are delighted to be involved in helping to support such a historic cultural event.”
He said the event promised to be an unforgettable evening thanks to the talent on show, with Prof Ó Súilleabháin of the Irish World Music Academy of Music and Dance claiming the idea of melding the two forms of music would be enormously resonant.