A musician from Kildare, who is on the autism spectrum, has realised one of his dreams by playing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

David Banfield was in RTÉ as part of a group from Stewart’s Care visiting the RTÉ CO.

Stewart’s, who work with people with intellectual disabilities, contacted the orchestra to organise a small group to observe the orchestra during a rehearsal and see what goes on behind the scenes.

When the RTÉ CO heard about David’s talent as a violinist, it seemed an ideal chance to make a dream come true for him.


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So in rehearsal in RTÉ Radio Centre, David sat into first violins to perform in the Finale of Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony.

Watch the video above of his performance. 

"I loved the music and had a great time," David said afterwards.

His mother Deirdre praised the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

"They were all brilliant in the way they supported David, and David himself really surprised me learning the piece so well in such a short time," she said.

Stewart’s have said that for the group to see one of their peers play to such a high standard with such a highly acclaimed orchestra made it special not just for David but for all of them.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra were rehearsing for their Roll Over Beethoven concert, including the Violin Concerto and the Fifth Symphony, which is on Wednesday 20 February at the National Concert Hall.