ériu orchestra

Named after Ériu, the Goddess of Ireland, the orchestra draws inspiration from her storied legacy. Ériu was not only a deity of immense power but also a symbol of sovereignty and had a profound connection to the land itself. From her name, the ancient Gaelic moniker for Ireland, Éire, emerged. In homage to her enduring influence, Ériu Orchestra endeavours to forge meaningful connections through the universal language of music.

Through their performances, Ériu Orchestra aspires to craft performances that resonate deeply with audiences, evoking emotions and memories through the timeless medium of music.  

Avril Crotty

Founder & Conductor

Avril Crotty is the founder and conductor of Ériu Orchestra. She also serves as Deputy Conductor of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra. Her leadership style has been described as collaborative and approachable, fostering an environment where musicians thrive. With a focus on highlighting Irish classical music, particularly compositions by Irish women, Avril strives to bring a fresh perspective to each project.

Her experience as a conductor spans various genres, from classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, and Dvorak, to contemporary works and beloved musical theatre productions such as "Sister Act" and "The Addams Family."

With qualifications from MTU Cork School of Music, University of Westminster, UCD, NUI Galway, and Pulse College, Avril is committed to personal and professional growth. She has participated in masterclasses led by esteemed conductors, including Marin Alsop, Karen Ní Bhroin, Robert Houlihan, and Tim Redmond. Additionally, Avril spent valuable time at FAME'S, one of the world's busiest orchestral recording studios, learning crucial skills in commercial orchestral recordings and session management.

Outside of her musical pursuits, Avril has a strong background in performing arts and live event management, having risen to the role of Director before the age of 30. Her performances as a cellist have graced renowned venues nationally and internationally, including Whelans, The Dublin Fringe Festival, Thomond Park, and The Late Late Show. 

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