Sunday 29 September 2024




SETU Arena, Woodstown, Carriganore, Co. Waterford, X91 XD96


€5 – €20

Medicine will meet music at the Irish Doctors Orchestra’s special fundraising concert on 29 September at the SETU Arena. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Réalta / Waterford Healing Arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford.

Under the baton of well-known Waterford musician and conductor Liam Daly, the concert will feature music from the opera Maritana by Waterford composer William Wallace, Concerto in F major for Two Bassoons by Johann Baptist Vanhal and Symphony No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak, in addition to a traditional Irish element, courtesy of the Waterford Harp Ensemble of Music Generation Waterford.

The Irish Doctors Orchestra is a unique gathering of medics who love to play classical music and what better purpose could there be than to raise funds for the fantastic organisation that is Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts. Many of our medical colleagues have told us about the wonderful work of the Waterford Healing Arts programme at UHW, easing patients’ worries through the arts, and softening the clinical space with the hospital’s stunning art collection. This is a perfect fit for us and we can’t wait to perform in Waterford.” – Dr Julia O’Leary, Irish Doctors Orchestra

The Irish Doctors Orchestra always draws a huge crowd and with several local doctors among their members, including violinists Dr Emma Dunne, a radiologist from Tramore, Dr Carmel Whitford, a GP from Youghal, in addition to our own Dr Darina Sloan, Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Caroline Fielding, Consultant Microbiologist, we hope the local Waterford community will come out to support us and to enjoy what promises to be a wonderful occasion.” – Claire Meaney, Director of Réalta/Waterford Healing Arts

Tickets are now on sale:

Irish Doctors Orchestra

Irish Doctors Orchestra

Founded during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Doctors Orchestra is an all-Ireland fellowship of medical professionals who are also classically trained musicians. The concept of the orchestra is to provide an opportunity for medics from across the island of Ireland to come together to create music as a therapy to the stresses and challenges faced in their professional lives. Their programme of rehearsals and coaching by professional musicians culminates in public performances. To date these have included sold out performances in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, Redemptorist Church, Limerick, and Astra Hall, University College Dublin. The Irish Doctors Orchestra follows in the footsteps of other doctors’ orchestras such as the European Doctors Orchestra, the Australian Doctors Orchestra and the World Doctors Orchestra.


Réalta is the national resource organisation dedicated to developing arts and health in Ireland. At local level, Réalta delivers the extensive Waterford Healing Arts programme, bringing music, visual art, creative writing and storytelling to the bedside of patients at University Hospital Waterford and other healthcare settings. Nationally, Réalta manages the resource website and delivers training; provides information, mentoring and advice; supports networking; and engages with policy makers to increase understanding and support for arts and health. Réalta is core funded by the Arts Council and the HSE.


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