Matt Ford joins RTÉ CO & John Wilson for That's Entertainment
Matt Ford joins RTÉ CO & John Wilson for That's Entertainment
Wednesday 9 March, National Concert Hall

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John Barry night

One terrific film composer is responsible for the sound of Bond classics like On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Moonraker and You Only Live Twice and also Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves, Born Free and Zulu. The RTÉ CO celebrates the great John Barry on 10 February at the National Concert Hall, with Aedín Gormley of Movies and Musicals presenting.

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John Wilson conducts the RTÉ CO and guests in two more Essential Classics concerts (18 February and 22 March), a Leonard Bernstein tribute (25 February) and an MGM celebration (9 March). We have a night of John Barry's great film music (10 February) and we mark Valentine's Day with Gary Williams in a Nat 'King' Cole night (14 February). Stravinsky in Focus is an eclectic celebration of a figure who changed the course of 20th-century music (RTÉ CO concert 6 February).


His music famously sparked a riot in Paris. He studied with Rimsky-Korsakov, was friends with Proust, Debussy and Gide, collaborated with Picasso and lived for a time with Coco Chanel. He kept Sinatra and Mia Farrow waiting for his autograph in a restaurant, and was invited to the White House by JFK. Stravinsky is one of the most original and influential creative figures of the 20th century and RTÉ is celebrating him on 5 and 6 February at the NCH.

World's Favourite Orchestra 2015

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra has been declared the World's Favourite Orchestra 2015 following the results of an international vote on The RTÉ CO secured a massive 25% of the vote, double the votes of the nearest competitor, giving it the largest winning margin on the established poll to date. The Irish orchestra beat off competition from legendary orchestras from across the globe, among them the Cleveland Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic in the US, and Europe's Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

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