Zoe starts 2018 on tour in China
The noted local violinist Zoe Conway spent New Year in China after she was invited to perform as a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra on its first tour of China.
'It's a great honour and I was so excited when I got the call to go on the tour to China as it really is a dream to perform with an orchestra anywhere, but especially somewhere so unique,' she told The Argus before flying out on Thursday.
The Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, travelled to China for five concerts in five cities between New Year's Eve and January 6th.
Zoe says she was 'honoured' to be one of the soloists along with Ning Feng and Mia Cooper.
'I'll be performing a piece composed for me by Bill Whelan, 'Inishlacken', and also 'Riverdance', 'The Mason's Apron' and a piece I composed myself, 'Rounding Malin Head'. I'm most excited about my own piece, of course.'
She attended a rehearsal in RTE before Christmas, saying:'The excitement amongst the orchestra was palpable.'
'It is a huge undertaking to travel with such a big group, but it is planned with such precision that I feel I have nothing to worry about. My concert dresses are already on the way over!
The programme for the tour, which takes in concerts in Nanjing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Shanghai and Beijing, has been compiled to showcase the RTÉ CO's eclectic range, combining traditional tunes and distinctively Irish repertoire with famous film music and classical masterpieces.'
Zoe and her husband, guitarist John McIntyre have had a very busy year in 2017, working on two music videos and lots of concerts in Ireland, France, Germany and America.
'The highlight of 2017 for us was a sold out performance at the National Concert Hall with Scots Gaelic singer of Disney fame, Julie Fowlis,' says Zoe. 'It was a concert of all new music that we collaborated on and composed together, and we hope to record the material with her next year.'
'We're now in the planning stages for our traditional music festival, Feile Na Tana which will be the first weekend in February 2018 on the Cooley Peninsula.'