Dublin’s Trinity College Orchestra: Dvořák, Bowie, outdoor festivals, wellies

Posted on: July 11, 2018

“When the Trinity College Orchestra takes to the stage this summer, it will be in wellies, not dress shoes—and they’ll be playing Bowie rather than Beethoven,” writes Lauren Murphy in Sunday’s (7/8) Independent (Ireland). “The members of Ireland’s coolest orchestra … are … students from the famed Dublin university…. They have brought their contemporary repertoire to Ireland over the last eight years, giving the back catalogues of various artists (from Gorillaz to Arcade Fire to Michael Jackson) and albums (from Daft Punk’s Discovery to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) a thrilling classical makeover.… Later this summer, they will bring their hugely popular David Bowie set to the newest kid on the summer festival block, All Together Now, in Co Waterford…. [Trinity College Orchestra violist] Luke Rynne Cullen [says,] ‘We’re used to playing big symphonies, so to finally play a bit of pop music was nice’ … They still play classical concerts during the academic year.” Bassist Alex Ryan comments, “All I can say is, if anyone is reading this who is musically inclined and pondering whether or not to join the ranks of such an ensemble—do it.”

Posted July 11, 2018