The Orchestra of St. Cecilia was formed in January 1995. Drawn from the finest of Dublin’s professional musicians it has a notable reputation for the excellent quality of its performances, and is a firmly established part of Ireland’s musical life, particularly through its 10 year Bach Cantata project in which all 200 of Bach’s church cantatas were performed. The Orchestra’s latest project, which began in 2011, is to perform all 108 symphonies of Haydn.
In addition to performing throughout the country, the Orchestra presents a regular series of concerts in Dublin, in association with the National Concert Hall. Highlights have been the complete Mozart Piano Concertos with Hugh Tinney, the complete Beethoven Symphonies and Piano Concertos conducted and performed by Barry Douglas, a Mozart series conducted by Kenneth Montgomery and an outstanding symphony series conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.