Irish World Academy Artist-in-Residence
Irish Chamber Orchestra

The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is Ireland’s nest chamber orchestra, combining high quality performances with an expansiveartisticvision. Virtuosic,innovativeandcreative,the ICO’s unique collaborative approach and its rich relationship with an array of creative partners continues to blaze a trail. The ICO continues to work with Gábor Takács-Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and Jörg Widmann (Principal Guest Conductor/ Artistic Partner), seeking to expand audiences with their combinedvision. UndertheleadershipofKatherineHunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland’s busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally.

In the 2016/17 season, Gábor concentrates on core works from the string orchestra repertoire; whilst Jörg continues to champion the many facets of Mendelssohn, alongside his own innovative works.

Outside the concert hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra inspires and supports communities with a vitality unmatched by other

ensembles. Its Sing Out with Strings initiative provides free tuition in singing, song writing, violin, viola and cello tuition to 300 children throughout Limerick city – developing not only musical – but key life skills by using music as a tool for tangible social change.

The ICO is central to the delivery of the MA Classical Strings Performance at the University of Limerick. Katherine Hunka is Artistic Director of this programme and leads the ACADEMOS project where students perform and tour with members of the ICO and musicians from other third level institutions in Ireland.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

The Chieftains

Interacting with up to 80 student musicians and dancers from Irish World Academy programmes, The Chieftains continue their iconic association with the Academy through their occasional concerts at UL. In memory of their late harper Derek Bell, The Chieftains Fund has been in operation at the Academy for a number of years. It is through this fund that the Academy launched Ionad na Cruite, the Irish Harp Research Centre, in 2013.

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company is Irish World Academy Dance Company in Residence. Originating in Donegal, Fidget Feet is Ireland’s leading aerial dance theatre company and is internationally renowned for creating spectacular indoor and outdoor productions for both theatres and festivals. The company’s dynamic work draws on dance, aerial circus, theatre, music and video art. Founded in 1998 by choreographer Chantal McCormick (Donegal) and musician Jym Daly (Cork), Fidget Feet work with an outstanding production team to create productions that are both original and fresh.

Elements of aerial dance have already begun to permeate aspects of the curricular o erings of the Irish World Academy’s programmes.