Over 120 top Irish musicians to play Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on World Music Day

by Nick Fitzgerald

The 21st of June will lay witness to a spectacular showcasing of more than 120 musicians performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on World Music Day in aid of national children’s rights organisation.

The concert titled”A Midsummer Rights Theme” is performed by Co-Orch Dublin, Ireland’s charity orchestra, in partnership with and in aid of the Children’s Rights Alliance. Co-Orch Dublin will mesh together Beethoven’s nineteenth century masterpiece with original works from Irish contemporary composers.

The concert will be held in Custom House Quarter in Dublin 1. Doors open at 19:30 for the general public and the performance commences at 20:00.

John Doyle, Artistic Director of Co-Orch Dublin said:

“This will be the most ambitious project yet for Co-Orch. We’ve been performing together for more than five years and have always been proud to push the boundaries of what is expected at a classical performance, but for ‘A Midsummer Rights Theme’ we’re taking it to a new level.

“Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its glorious Ode to Joy theme, is rarely heard in Ireland due to the scale of the performance. We’re delighted to work with some of Ireland’s most up-and-coming composers for the four premieres which complete the programme. The night is sure to be one of the most exciting performances in Ireland not just on World Music Day, but across the year.”

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance added:

“The Children’s Rights Alliance is honoured to be invited to partner with Co-Orch Dublin for this concert to support of our work on human rights issues including child poverty, child refugees, and children’s health and education.

“Children will be at the heart of this concert in every way and every cent raised will support our work to better children’s lives in Ireland. We are especially excited to welcome young soloists on stage on the night, making real their right to participate in cultural and artistic life.”


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