Orchestra of St Cecilia's Bach Performances Commemorated with Plaque
In over sixty concerts between 2001 and 2010, the Orchestra of St Cecilia performed all 200 of Bach’s church cantatas as part of the Bach Cantata Project; an achievement that has now been commemorated with the installation of a sandstone plaque in St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street, Dublin.
Founded in 1995 following the relocation of the Irish Chamber Orchestra to Limerick, the Orchestra was directed by Lindsay Armstrong – former oboist and cor anglais player with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, as well as former manager of the National Concert Hall and Director of the RIAM – until its dissolution in 2014. Notable other performances given by the Orchestra during this time include the complete Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Hugh Tinney, and the complete Beethoven Symphonies and Piano Concertos with conductor/pianist Barry Douglas, all at the National Concert Hall. It also performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Waterfront Hall in Belfast and at the Cork International Choral Festival.
A collection of the Orchestra’s programmes, posters, correspondence, recordings and more were last year donated to Dublin City Library.
A PDF catalogue of the collection, plus a selection of materials, is available at https://goo.gl/fgBVO0
Read Benedict Schlepper-Connolly’s Journal of Music article from 2010 following the final performance.