RTÉ Concert Orchestra
The RTÉ Concert Orchestra has had a special place in Irish musical life for over 60 years, with a range that sees them equally at home in classical, opera, jazz, film, rock and traditional music.
The orchestra has performed Nessun Dorma with Pavarotti and Messiah for the Pope, played with jazz legends like Lalo Schifrin and Cleo Laine and rock musicians like Jon Lord of Deep Purple. They have also collaborated with top class Irish acts including Altan, Sharon Shannon, Duke Special, Declan O'Rourke and The Coronas.
Heard across the world in seven Eurovision Song Contests, the RTÉ CO gave the electrifying first performance of Riverdance and went on to record the phenomenally successful CD. Other commercial recordings include Declan O'Rourke's Big Bad Beautiful World, Duke Special's I Never Thought This Day Would Come and a recording of Balfe's opera Falstaff. Film credits include Albert Nobbs by Brian Byrne, which earned a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for Best Song and won the 2012 IFTA for Original Score, as well as Byrne's The Island, Irish Destiny by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse by Joby Talbot.
They have also performed with Billy Ocean, Il Divo, Colm Wilkinson and Bell X1, and appeared at the Electric Picnic festival in 2010. The RTÉ CO's education programme is presented nationwide to young people as the RTÉ/The Irish Times Music in the Classroom series, which has been running for 23 years.