The Grammy award winning LA Guitar Quartet will perform with the Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra
THE recently established Irish Youth Guitar Orchestra will kick off its inaugural summer tour in Limerick’s St Mary’s Cathedral next weekend with a concert featuring the world renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Dublin Guitar Quartet.
The series of three concerts - in Limerick, Cork and Dublin - will be the culmination of the very first summer course run by the orchestra which was set up last year by Limerick School of Music (LSOM) teacher John O’Shea.
Running from next Monday in the School of Music’s Mulgrave Street campus, the course has attracted 34 guitar students from all over the country. They range in age from 14 to 23 and were all selected by audition.
“The organisation is completely volunteer-run and not-for profit. Students are not charged tuition fees and we provide expenses scholarships for those who can't afford the cost of travel,” John explained.
Some of Ireland’s top guitarists and musicians are involved in the course including teachers from the Limerick School of Music, The Royal Irish Academy and Waterford Institute of Technology.
John himself did his Masters in music with two members of the LA Guitar Quartet and was delighted when they agreed to travel to Limerick to perform with the orchestra. The quartet have only performed once before in Ireland.
“The LAGQ are the most successful and well-respected classical guitar ensemble in history and this is a once-in a lifetime guitar event,” he said.
The concert will also feature the Dublin Guitar Quartet, who will be playing a piece with the orchestra.
David Brophy of the RTE Concert Orchestra will be conducting.
As well as performing pieces from their own back catalogue, the LAGQ will be joining the orchestra in a performance of Shiki by Japanese composer Shingo Fujii.
The summer tour kicks off with a concert in Limerick’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, July 29. Tickets are €15 and available from www.eventbrite.ie and FSV Limerick. This will be followed by concerts in CIT Cork School of Music on July 30 and the National Concert Hall on July 31.