June 2016 - present
Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra is an exciting new professional orchestra for Cork, and in residence at the Opera House. Founded in 2016 for the acclaimed concert opera series, the orchestra has to date played 12 concert performances of classic operas with the greatest Irish and International opera stars, and many more are planned. Events like the Right Here Right Now and Christmas Concerts have allowed the orchestra to work with many great artists from other genres, often with custom-made orchestrations, resulting in unique collaborations. Led by the renowned violinist Alan Smale (former leader of both RTÉ Concert and National Symphony Orchestra) the orchestra's membership is comprised of some of Ireland's most gifted professional musicians, most living in, from or connected to Cork.