Esker Festival Orchestra Irish Summer Tour – performances in Galway, Cork & Dublin

Esker Festival Orchestra 2019 will be conducted by Paul McCusker, with Hannah Miller as soloist (French Horn) and featuring the World Premiere of Water Music by Donagh Marnane.

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 8pm – Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway
Friday, 9 August 2019, 6pm – Curtis Auditorium, CIT Cork School of Music in association with CIT Cork School of Music
Saturday, 10 August 2019, 5pm – Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin 7

The Esker Festival Orchestra, Ireland’s most exciting and established peer led orchestra, will return this August for its 6th annual residential and summer tour. This year’s tour will see performances in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, National University of Ireland, Galway on Thursday, 8 August at 8pm, in CIT Cork School of Music in association with Cork School of Music, Cork on Friday, 9 August at 6pm, and in the Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday, 10 August at 5pm.

The orchestra will be conducted by Paul McCusker (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winner of the Hugh S. Roberton prize and the 2018 Feis Ceoil Conducting Competition) and the 2019 programme will include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 “Classical”, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2 featuring Hannah Miller as soloist (Julliard School of Music, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra) and the World Premiere of Water Music by young Irish composer Donagh Marnane.

The Esker Festival Orchestra brings together Irish and international emerging young professional musicians of the highest calibre. The orchestra will come together for an intensive rehearsal residency in NUI Galway from 4 – 10 August.

Along with the three national concerts, with the full orchestra, there will also be two chamber music concerts featuring tutors and soloists on Wednesday, 7 August in Galway and Saturday, 10 August in Dublin.

The Esker Festival Orchestra was set up in 2014 to provide a high quality, beneficial and meaningful musical opportunity for young emerging musicians from all across Ireland and for the first time to have an orchestra of this quality and scope based in Galway. The orchestra was set up to fill the musical and social void that currently exists in Ireland by allowing young musicians from across the country to perform together, socialise together and to build relationships that will be essential during their personal and professional lives. It promotes and develops orchestral music in Ireland by nurturing the talents of its emerging musicians with as little financial burden as possible on the musicians themselves. Finally, it is unique in that it is entirely led and run by its members for its members, allowing those taking part to gather invaluable first-hand experience in the world of orchestral music.

The Esker Festival Orchestra is supported by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, The Arts Council, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, NUI Galway and CIT Cork School of Music.

Tickets are available at or on the door for each venue (€15 / €10 concession). Full concert and tour details can be found at