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St Agnes’ Community Later Starter Orchestra (LSO) was the sole Irish representative at BTHVN 2021 – an international conference of amateur orchestras organised by the German Federation of Amateur Orchestras(BDLO) – in Late September in Dresden.
The conference focused on the opportunities and challenges of music making in amateur and professional orchestras on an international level
Delegates present from 40 countries, together with online representation from all continents, reported the impact of the pandemic on amateur orchestras in their areas and using the theme ‘Passion meets Profession’ discussed the synergies between amateur and professional orchestras and musicians.
Existing models in the USA and Eastern Europe were compared and good practise in sustainable and successful orchestra tutorship was discussed while the online contributions from Ghana, Kenya, Colombia and Argentina provided insight into the global impact of music making and orchestral practice though ominously the expected online contribution from the National Institute of Music in Kabul was ‘not possible at this time’.
A captivating new duo featuring the celebrated Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey and the acclaimed French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard. will be on tour with Music Network from 7th – 26th October.
They will perform in St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin on the 13th of October. To book tickets here https://www.musicnetwork.ie/