The Luminosa String Orchestra
a new orchestra for Galway
A NEW Orchestra...
Our Vision is to give Galway City its first professional permanent orchestra. We want to shine a light on the outstanding musicians who join the Luminosa String Orchestra for distinction in performance, organization, innovation and community engagement. Members of our orchestra will reach their full potential in Galway and in an environment of musical excellence, integrity, artistic diversity and trust supported by a company with a strong financial acumen, a transparent business ethos and passion for success. The community will benefit from our forward-thinking and exemplary orchestra and it brings a new element of music education to the City.
WHO WE ARE
THE LUMINOSA STRING ORCHESTRA
Luminosa Music CLG was founded in 2018 by Lucy Hayward, Nicola Geddes and Adrian Mantu, in order to form, promote, manage and develop Galway’s first professional string orchestra. The word Luminosa means “brilliant” in Italian, (most musical direction on scores is given in Italian). This word was chosen because we want to shine a light on the outstanding musicians who join the Luminosa String Orchestra for distinction in performance, organization, innovation and community engagement. We envisage that the members of our orchestra can now reach their full potential in Galway, without having to re-locate in order to access performance opportunities or develop their professional music career.
We have endeavoured to create an environment of musical excellence, integrity, artistic diversity and trust supported by a company with a robust company structure, a strong organisational and financial acumen, a transparent business ethos and a passion for success. The community will benefit from our forward-thinking and exemplary orchestra, as it can experience a growing programme by its very own city orchestra. Luminosa Music highlights the wider acceptance, inclusion and celebration of non-Irish born, Irish citizens, and it brings a new element of music education potential to the community.
The orchestra members are a collection of Galway based professional musicians with world-class credentials in performance and teaching, most of whom live or work in Galway. Our programming and curation policy revolves around providing the community with a series of the highest calibre performances of new, contemporary and classical works, showcasing Irish composers wherever possible, and endeavouring to produce something which feels original, avantgarde, new and exciting.
Luminosa Music CLG is a Registered Charity no: 20205430
The Luminosa String Orchestra launched at a showcase concert to an exclusive V.I.P. audience at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway, on Monday 26th November 2018. The event was introduced by our esteemed Board Member Dr Aidan Thomson of NUIG Music. This exclusive event was supported by our business partners Bank of Ireland as our founding patrons who were delighted to support this entrepreneurial arts business. Luminosa Music is a not-for-profit company. Our inaugural season entitled Soundings featured two concerts: Maestra and Landscapes.
Our 2020 concert season has sadly been paused due to the Covid-19 world emergency, but we hope to begin as soon as we possibly can, and bring the Luminosa String Orchestra back to our beloved city, bringing new music, original programming and a feast for the aural and spiritual mind.
"Without music, life would be a mistake"
From time to time you may see the Luminosa String Orchestra using special chairs. earó is a revolutionary chair designed for musicians. Focused on musician’s well-being, earó allows them to move and play with greater freedom and therefore reduced risk of injury. earó promotes a tall open posture which improves breathing and flexibility while they play.