Irish Chamber Orchestra concert at Abbey Arts Centre

In one of its most ambitious presentations in recent times, the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon – in association with Donegal County Council Arts Service –  is delighted to welcome the renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra to Donegal on Saturday, June 11th, at 8pm –  for a special summer concert featuring award-winning Scottish classical guitarist Sean Shibe.


The programme for the evening will feature two stunning works for guitar – Vivaldi’s popular Concerto in D major, followed by Oscar-winning English composer Malcolm Arnold’s incredibly beautiful Serenade for Guitar and Strings.



Violinists Katherine Hunka and Nicola Sweeney take the lead in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins Op.3, No. 8, one of his sunniest pieces, while the evening will also feature works by Dvořák Two Waltzes ), Dave Fennessy Rosewood ) and Elgar’s masterpiece, Introduction and Allegro


Irish Chamber Orchestra

Directed by virtuoso violinist Katherine Hunka, the Irish Chamber Orchestra is a terrific ensemble of twenty two outstanding musicians, who have enjoyed tremendous success performing and recording, at home and across Europe, the US and Australia. The ICO are resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


Guest Soloist, Sean Shibe.


Guest soloist for the evening is Sean Shibe, a prodigiously talented classical guitarist from Edinburgh. Frequently referred to as the foremost guitarist of his generation, the Guardian hailed the playing on his recent recording of Spanish guitar music, ’Camino’, as ‘spellbinding and intimate’.  He was first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Award (2012) and earlier this year he received the prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award –  worth €10,000 – from the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival in Germany. A busy recording artist and performer, he has guested with the Scottish, the BBC and the London symphony orchestras. This current short Irish tour will be his second appearance with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.


Tickets and Booking:

Tickets at €20 Full Price, €18 Concessions (OAPs, Unwaged), €10 (Children, Music Students) are now available from the Abbey Arts Centre Box Office T: 071.9851375 and Online at  Ticket prices include Booking Fees

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