International eyes were on the St Agnes’ Community Centre for Music and the Arts (CCMA), Armagh Road, Crumlin, which hosted a virtual International Late Starter Orchestra (LSO) Network concert, Strings Across The Oceans on Saturday.
Almost 400 people from across the globe watched and listened to the concert with audience members from Amsterdam, Balboa, Sydney, Paula Alto, Mexico, Singapore, Kolkata (India), London and many more.
More than two hundred musicians from Late Starter Orchestras from around the globe including New York LSO, Happy Strings Berlin, Brussels LSO, East London LSO, Het Betuws Dagorkest -The Netherlands, Da Kapo LSO, Singapore, Orquesta Crescendo Madrid and St Agnes’ LSO, Dublin, joined together to perform for the world.
The musicians were playing from kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms in their own homes located in cities and countries spread around the globe. A special guest was composer and conductor, Atso Almila, joining in from Kuopio, Finland.
The concert was opened by the President of the European Orchestra Federation (EOFED) Jüir-Rutt Kangur, who joined from Estonia.
The concert program was in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and featured works by renowned composers. Composers Richard Wagner, Antonín Dvo?ák and Jacques Offenbach were also featured. Seamus Doyle the St. Agnes’ Community Later Starter Orchestra’s conductor and double bass player with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted the concert.
“What a magnificent concert and how wonderful to see you all. Such great work has gone into making this happen – thank you all so much for bringing such joy into our homes,” said Susan Crilly from Crumlin
“Thank you very much for arranging today. It was great fun, even though I got lost a few times. Next time I will mute my violin and wear earphones, which was a tip from the breakout group,” added Tanith from Brighton.