Trinity Orchestra, the symphony orchestra of Trinity College Dublin, is Ireland’s only fully student run orchestra. Bringing together students and staff from every discipline in the college, Trinity Orchestra is first and foremost a classical ensemble. Founded in 1989, the Orchestra has covered an extensive repertoire, from Bach and Beethoven to Tchaikovsky and Dvorák.
More recently the Orchestra has featured in the media for its covers of various popular artists such as Daft Punk, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and ABBA. Gaining much notoriety on both a national and international level, the Orchestra has become a popular favourite on the festival scene, taking to the Main Stage at festivals such as Metropolis, Forbidden Fruit and Electric Picnic.
Every year the one hundred strong ensemble performs two major classical concerts at various locations around Dublin. As well as this, the Orchestra tours annually, showcasing its work to international audiences around Europe, at locations including London, Madrid, Budapest and Lisbon. Chamber music is an integral part of the Orchestra, with regular chamber music concerts throughout the year; they give members opportunities to perform in smaller ensembles away from the main body of the orchestra.
Trinity Orchestra strives to be a platform for talented young musicians and composers to showcase their work, and is always open to submissions from students. Continually pushing the boundaries of the traditional orchestra, Trinity Orchestra has established itself as a much loved and cherished college institution.
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Hilary Term Concert 2019
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Trinity Orchestra's emergence, having been established as a society in 1989. In celebration of this, we are delighted to announce our (very special) Hilary Term concert, where we will be performing a diverse repertoire consisting of five different works. The event will take place in Adam and Eve’s Church, Merchant’s Quay, on Monday, 25th of March at 7:30pm (Doors at 7pm).
Conducted by Cathal Folan, our programme includes Sibelius’s ‘Finlandia’, Liszt's ‘Totentanz' (to be performed with the extremely talented pianist Juliette), Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man', Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' and the bluesy 'Afro American Symphony' composed by William Grant Still.
Tickets are on sale now (See our ‘Tickets’ section), and will also be sold at our stand in the arts block over the next two weeks (date and time to be confirmed).
Adults €12 / Students €10 / Society members €8
Michaelmas Term Concert 2018
We were absolutely thrilled with the turnout of our Michaelmas Term Concert, which was held in Adam and Eve’s Church on Thursday 29th of November. Our programme included Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suite No.1’, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Slavonic March’, and ‘The Brendan Voyage Suite’ composed by Shaun Davey, a powerful crossover work combining classical and traditional Irish music.
The concert was conducted by Molly Burke and featured the extremely talented Uilleann Pipes soloist Eoin Kearns.
Trinity Orchestra Plays ABBA
On Sunday October 28 we had the pleasure of playing at Metropolis Festival 2018, presenting for the first time our new ABBA set! Thanks to the wonderful crowd of Dancing Queens who eagerly sang along to each song, we had an absolute blast, and look forward to returning again next year!
Despite the tight squeeze, we had a wonderful time performing our Girl Power set at the Heineken Live Your Music Stage on the Sunday of Electric Picnic! Having been hanging (lol) around since the Friday, many of us were exhausted, but with the help of our enthusiastic audience we managed to pull through. What began as a congregation of seated, intent listeners soon became a buzzing crowd, filling up the entire stage. A definite highlight was the audience’s reaction to our never-heard-before cover of Natural Woman, a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin.
The All Together Now Festival saw its debut on the 3rd of August, providing three days of freedom and escapism through the realms of music, comedy and theatre. For the first time in over a year, Trinity Orchestra performed our cherished David Bowie set, arranged by Aran O’Grady and Seamus Ryan, and made famous after its debut at Electric Picnic 2016 where we had Hozier join us on stage! We had an incredible time performing in front of one of the biggest, most animated crowds we’d played for in a long time. I think we’re all hoping to return next year!
The Summer Series
We had the absolute pleasure of performing at the Summer Series in Trinity College, Dublin, to support the iconic operatic group Il Divo on July 24th. We performed our much loved 'Girl Power' set, which consists of groovy hits from Diana Ross, Stevie Nicks, Britney Spears, and many more inspiring female artists from throughout the ages!
Rebels & Romantics
During the summer, a few of our committee members had the pleasure of chatting to Lauren Murphy from the Irish Independent, who wrote up a lovely and entertaining article about Trinity Orchestra! You can check it out here.