About the IMO
Formed in 2012 by musician and composer Dave Flynn as a vehicle for his award winning compositions. Always performing from memory, the IMO has wowed audiences from London to Moscow, Clare to Korea with its ground-breaking approach to orchestral music.
The IMO has a core of 20 world-class musicians, conducted by Bjorn Bantock. This outstanding ensemble blends ancient Celtic instruments with orchestral strings, winds and brass, electric guitars and jazz-tinged rhythm section.
The Orchestra has collaborated with renowned traditional musicians including Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Mairtin O’Connor.
About Dave Flynn
Dave is the founder and Artistic Director of the Irish Memory Orchestra. He is a composer and guitarist equally at home in the worlds of classical, folk and rock music. His work, praised for its “power and grittiness” by The New York Times, defies and challenges the concept of musical genre.
He has been commissioned by RTE, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Arts Council of Ireland, the Masters of Tradition Festival and the Contemporary Music Centre. He has worked with an array of internationally renowned artists and performed in New York, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Brisbane, Sweden, Edinburgh, London and across Ireland.
About Clare Arts Office
Clare County Council was the first local authority in Ireland to appoint an Arts Officer in 1986 and continues to lead the way in arts development. The Vision Symphony is one example of the Arts Office’s commitment to increasing inclusive public access to the arts as well as offering professional work opportunities to diverse artists and musicians. Leaning on past traditions, but looking to future challenges and opportunities, Clare Arts Office continues to inspire, challenge, entertain and engage communities and artists across the County Clare.
Originally set up to give beginner sighted students a little extra help when they begin to learn to play both the tin whistle and the flute using online video files, 3lmusic was delighted to accept an invitation from the Clare Arts office to take part in this unique, and very interesting project. 3lmusc was responsible for both producing this fully accessible website and also for designing an online method of teaching the visually impaired musicians their parts in the symphony before they attended rehearsals. As this is a first of its type project, it offered a number of unique challenges. With funding from the Arts council we have been able to use the research phase of the project overcome these challenges.
At 3lmusic we hope that we can adapt this website, when this project is finished, in order to give visually impaired students the same opportunities to learn to play a musical instrument as there sighted peers.