Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Dirigent/conductor: Liam Daly
Op dinsdagmiddag om 15:00u geeft het Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) een pop-upconcert op het Stadhuisplein. Het ISWO is ontstaan in 2014 dankzij de droom van de oprichters om Johan de Meij’s Symphony No.1 “The Lord of the Rings” te spelen met een groep muzikanten van zeer hoog niveau. Al gauw hadden meer dan 80 topmuzikanten uit heel Ierland en daarbuiten zich aangemeld om onderdeel uit te zijn van dit spectaculaire orkest. Het ISWO staat onder leiding van Liam Daly.
Deze activiteit vindt plaats in het kader van het WASBE International Symphonic Wind Band Festival en wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door ZIMIHC, Wens Travel en WASBE, met dank aan gemeente Utrecht.
On Tuesday afternoon, 3pm, the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) is set to give a pop-up concert at Stadhuisplein under the baton of Liam Daly. The ISWO was born in 2014 after its founding members longed to play Johan de Meij’s Symphony No.1 “The Lord of the Rings” with a group of high calibre players. Soon, over 80 top musicians from all over Ireland and further afield had signed up to take part and perform exceptional wind band music at a very high level.
This activity is part of the WASBE International Symphonic Wind Band Festival, which is organized by ZIMIHC, Wens Travel, WASBE and supported by Utrecht city council.
Short biography of the orchestra
The Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) was established in January 2014. Its founding members, Keith Kelly and Barbara Dowling had heard Johan de Meij’s Symphony No.1 “The Lord of the Rings,” and longed to play it with a group of high calibre players. They decided to call friends and fellow musicians to see if they could generate some interest, and within 24 hours of their idea going public, over 80 top musicians from all over Ireland and further afield had signed up to take part. It quickly became clear that musicians were very excited at the prospect of performing exceptional wind band music at a very high level, and so a full weekend workshop was organised. In January 2014, under the baton of Liam Daly, ISWO gave its first public performance. The Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra had been born.
Short biography of the conductor
Conductor Liam Daly has been involved in music since the age of 9. After completing a Diploma in Advanced Music Studies, an LTCL Performance Diploma and a BA MUS, Liam took up a commission with the Irish Defence Forces in 1989 and the Australian Defence Forces in 2004. He filled several positions as Officer Commanding and Musical Director and was involved in teaching a youth orchestral music programme at Darwin University and directed the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Ireland in 2008, Liam has been in demand with a number of varied and challenging roles, as a brass and theory teacher as well as working extensively with youth bands, wind ensembles, concert bands, brass bands, choral societies and orchestras. After a two year tenure as the principal conductor of the ISWO from its establishment in 2014 to 2016, Liam is delighted to return this year as a special guest conductor.