Conductor David Brophy will guide the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the Cork Town Hall concert
The Cork Orchestral Society makes a welcome return with an exciting program for Autumn/Winter 2022. They are pleased to announce twelve spectacular performances taking place at venues across Cork City, including a conductor highlight orchestra David Brophy as he guides the RTÉ Concert Orchestra through an exciting, extensive program featuring Beethoven’s Egmont Overture; the live world premiere of Paul Frost’s Burning of Cork; a Slavic dance by Dvořák; and Lyric FM’s Aedin Gormley will perform Prokofiev’s popular “symphonic children’s fairy tale” Peadar agus an Mac Tíre (Peter and the Wolf) on November 19 at City Hall.
Dubliner David Brophy studied at Trinity College Dublin – where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) as well as in England and the Netherlands. He then studied under Gerhard Markson. He conducted the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, the Dublin Orchestral Players and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, before being appointed Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTECO). His career, although primarily based in Ireland, has taken him to many parts of Europe, Africa, America and Canada. While conducting the RTÉ NSO, he performed for over 80,000 people at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games in 2003. As Principal Conductor of the RTECO Brophy, he conducted the orchestra in front of the Queen Elizabeth II at the Convention Center Dublin on her State visit to Ireland in May 2011.
Speaking at the program launch for the new season, Cork Orchestral Society Artistic Director Tom Crowley said: “We look forward to the launch of the long-awaited Cork Orchestral Society Autumn 2022 season. It will be a celebration of symphonic orchestral music, and we have pulled out all the stops! We begin with the National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland’s largest professional symphony orchestra, which proudly returns to Cork on September 24 with a captivating program of Slavic music. This is the first of no less than seven orchestral programs which we are delighted to bring to Cork before the end of the year. Another highlight will be when the RTE Concert Orchestra returns to City Hall (November 19) where they will perform a live world premiere of ‘The Burning of Cork Suite’, a recent composition by Cork composer Paul Frost. To mention that the season will include Handel’s Messiah (with Cork Baroque Players and Madrigal ’75) speaks to the wealth of high-quality orchestral music on offer this season. Our offer also includes two wonderful string quartet concerts with the Pirosmani Quartet and the Solas Quartet and a host of other musical pleasures.