Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Wednesday, July 19, 04.00 PM
Conductor: Liam Daly

The Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) was established in January 2014. It’s founding members, Keith Kelly and Barbara Dowling had heard Johan de Meij’s Symphony No.1 “The Lord of the Rings,” and longed to play it with a group of high calibre players. They decided to call friends and fellow musicians to see if they could generate some interest, and within 24 hours of their idea going public, over 80 top musicians from all over Ireland and further afield had signed up to take part. It quickly became clear that musicians were very excited at the prospect of performing exceptional wind band music at a very high level, and so a full weekend workshop was organised. In January 2014, under the baton of Liam Daly, ISWO gave its first public performance. The Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra had been born.

Conductor Liam Daly has been involved in music since the age of 9. After completing a Diploma in Advanced Music Studies, an LTCL Performance Diploma and a BA MUS, Liam took up a commission with the Irish Defence Forces in 1989 and the Australian Defence Forces in 2004. He filled several positions as Officer Commanding and Musical Director and was involved in teaching a youth orchestral music programme at Darwin University and directed the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Since returning to Ireland in 2008, Liam has been in demand with a number of varied and challenging roles, as a brass and theory teacher as well as working extensively with youth bands, wind ensembles, concert bands, brass bands, choral societies and orchestras. After a two year tenure as the principal conductor of the ISWO from its establishment in 2014 to 2016, Liam is delighted to return this year as a special guest conductor. 

Curnow, James (*1943) Mutanza 
O’Carrol, Fergus (*1956) Celtic Prayers - Premiere 
Sparke, Philip (*1951) Reflections On An Old Japanese Folktune 
Kelly, Thomas Christopher (1917-1985) A Wexford Rhapsody 
Giroux, Julie (*1961) La Mezquita De Cordoba