Cork Philharmonic Winds was founded by its conductor, Robert O’Brien, in 2012 to give Cork-based wind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to perform original music of the highest quality written for wind ensembles and band. For this concert, the ensemble welcomes guest conductor Liam Daly for a typically diverse programme featuring works and arrangements by Stephen Parker, Tommy Grace, Claire Meehan and Robert O’Brien.
Cork Philharmonic Winds was founded by its conductor, Robert O’Brien, in 2012 to give Cork-based wind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to perform original music of the highest quality written for wind ensembles and band. Repertoire performed to date ranges from the Petite Symphonie of Charles Gounod written for just nine players, to the iconic Music for Prague by Karel Husa and from classic, much loved band pieces such as the First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst to the Irish premiere of Lucas Garner’s ‘Mjolnir’ – Concerto for Timpani and Band. Soloists to perform with the group include: Michael Marshall (trombone), Roy Doherty (clarinet), Kevin Power (timpani), Lynda Lee (soprano), Ken Marshall (saxophone), Gary Curtin (euphonium) and Michael Mullins (trumpet).
Liam Daly was a member of the Artane Boys Band from the age of nine and studied French horn with Victor Malirish at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble and National Youth Choir. He obtained a Diploma in Advanced Music Studies, an LTCL Performance Diploma on French Horn and a BA Music from Waterford Institute of Technology.
Liam has worked extensively with youth bands and wind ensembles in Ireland and was Music Director of the Barrack Street Concert Band Waterford, Carlow Choral Society, Mayfield Brass Band, Dungarvan Brass Band, Athlone and Fermoy Musical Societies and conducted the Ruckert Orchestra and the Cork Symphony Orchestra. Liam took up a commission with the Irish Defence Forces in 1989 and served for fourteen years where he was Officer Commanding and Music Director of the Band of the Western Brigade Athlone and the Band of the Southern Brigade Cork. In 2004 he took up a commission in the Australian Defence Forces where he was Second in Command/Deputy Music Director of the Australian Army Band Melbourne, Officer Commanding/Music Director of the Australian Army Bands Darwin and Perth. While in Darwin he worked at Darwin University teaching at a youth orchestral music programme and directed the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.
Since returning to Ireland in 2008, Liam has taught at Kilkenny’s St Canice’s Co-Ed National School, Coolcotts in Wexford and at the Redemptorist Centre of Music, Limerick. Liam was conductor of the University of Limerick Orchestra from 2012 to 2019 and of the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra (ISWO) for three years. He currently teaches brass and theory at the Limerick School of Music.
Liam is the events manager for Discover Ireland Tours and organises concerts for international ensembles. He is the administrator of the Symphony Club of Waterford (SCOW) where he organises up to six concerts a year in Waterford.