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New Professional Orchestral Academy established at the University of Limerick

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Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy established to support classical strings performance at UL

An innovative partnership in classical strings education ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy has been launched at the University of Limerick.

The Academy focuses on a full time two-year programme, Masters in Classical String Performance which is operated jointly by the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Academy, UL. The programme gives students of classical string performance the opportunity to study, train and perform with some of the world’s best musicians, composers, conductors throughout with classes taught by ICO leaders.

Professor Don Barry, President, University of Limerick welcomed the announcement; “Students of ACADEMOS will benefit from the best of both worlds – recognised, accredited study and access to some of the best musicians in Europe and internationally. Individual classes will be taught by ICO leaders, students will engage in ensemble work with orchestral members and have access to a host of visiting international performers, conductors, and directors.”

Students of ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy will also have regular opportunities of engaging with acclaimed ICO community music public outreach programmes. Graduates of the ICO Academy will also have the opportunity of applying for a place on the innovative PhD Arts Practice (a four-year structured doctoral programme) at the Irish World Academy while maintaining on-going performance contact with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Professor Mícheál O Súilleabháin, Founding Director of the Irish World Academy said: “ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy seeks to build on the shared achievements of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Irish World Academy across their first twenty years in the inspired environment of the University of Limerick.”

The University of Limerick and Irish Chamber Orchestra are especially pleased to announce this initiative during Limerick City of Culture year. Mike Fitzpatrick, Interim CEO of Limerick City of Culture said: “The founding of ACADEMOS Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy is a very positive development particularly during the Limerick City of Culture. Creating new practice based research programmes in the cultural field is greatly welcomed. We also salute the achievement of the ICO during its 20 years at UL and its contribution to Limerick.

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish World Academy and Irish Chamber Orchestra at the University of Limerick.

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