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Joanne Quigley McParland

Joanne Quigley McParland is in demand as an orchestral principal and leader having guest led the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the NSO and The RTE Concert Orchestra. She is the former co-leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra and former member of The Royal Northern Sinfonia. She freelanced regularly as principal player with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Philharmonia and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Joanne also performs with Sinfonia of London having been involved in The John Wilson Orchestra from 2009-2019.


Away from the orchestra Joanne has led the Crash Ensemble on several occasions including performances at Carnegie Hall. She is co founder and Artistic Director of Newry Chamber Music and their flagship group The Fews Ensemble with whom she has performed throughout Ireland. Joanne is on the faculty of The Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She was a tutor for UYO for 10 years and has also coached for NYO Ireland and NYO Iraq. She plays on a violin by Samuel Zygmuntowitz and with a bow by Noel Burke

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