Orchestral project seeks visually-impaired musicians

Orchestral project seeks visually-impaired musicians


The Clare County Council Arts Office is inviting expressions of interest from musicians with vision impairment to participate in an exciting research project funded by The Arts Council’s “Invitation to Collaboration” scheme.

The Local Authority was last month awarded €11,100 to devise the unique music project in partnership with the Irish Memory Orchestra, NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland) and 3L, an online music education resource which aims to empower and support visually impaired musicians.

The project aims to explore the potential for musicians who are visually impaired to perform newly composed music by composer Dave Flynn with the renowned Irish Memory Orchestra, using 3L online audio platforms and Braille sheet music as musical aids.

Selected musicians will be invited to attend a number of workshops and rehearsals in Ennis.

For information on how to apply, please visit http://www.clarecoco.ie/recreation-culture/arts-office/arts-projects or contact arts@clarelibrary.ie / (065) 6899091.  The deadline for applications is Friday 25 August 2017.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.