From the Artistic Director

What a season of great music we have in store! From a cutting edge new percussion ensemble and one of the biggest names in the piano world, to the opening concert of an international Shostakovich anniversary project – there is music fit any fancy in Cork this spring.

For the first time, we will showcase the full breadth of music presented by Cork Orchestral Society in Forte Festival, a weekend of music taking place at venues across Cork city from March 5th – 8th. Headlined by two of Ireland’s most exciting professional ensembles and offering the public unexpected encounters with classical music, the festival aims to spread the love of music shared by the society’s hundreds of supporting members. Visit our programme page to see the full line-up for our Spring music season. The festival website is at and will be kept up to date with details as they are confirmed. Please consider supporting the festival to help us realise our ambitions and make the most of this opportunity.

On behalf of all the members of Cork Orchestral Society a heartfelt thank you to all the members of the organising committee who give freely of their time and talent to make sure Cork has the opportunity to hear such great and inspiring music year-round.

Please note that our Box Office opens, as always, 45 minutes in advance of each concert to help avoid large queues in the minutes before concerts are due to begin.

Nicki ffrench Davis