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.
The main object for which Luminosa Music CLG is established is the promotion of culture and the arts by providing an innovative concert series in Galway city, for the education and benefit of the widest possible public, and for the development of high calibre classical music performance and facilitation of a city orchestra based in the west of Ireland.
Luminosa Music is a registered charity No. 20205430
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, Head of Music at NUI Galway. This exclusive event was supported by Bank of Ireland as our founding patrons who were delighted to support this entrepreneurial arts business. Luminosa Music is a not-for-profit company.
in 2019 our inaugural season entitled Soundings featured two concerts: Maestra and Landscapes.
Our 2020 our planned concert season was cancelled and we performed a special collaboration of Pergloesi's Stabat Mater in Voces Luminis which was live streamed from Galway Cathedral.
In 2021 we performed the ARCADIA concert series, two concerts were live streamed and the final concert was in front of a joyful live audience.
Our 2022 Concert Series ÉIRÍ is scheduled to begin in March 2022.