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The Galway Film Fleadh, in partnership with the Esker Festival Orchestra and Galway City of Film will present a free public concert of film scores on Wednesday 8th July at 1pm at the Spanish Arch, to celebrate Galway’s status as a UNESCO City of Film.

The Esker Festival Orchestra is a 60 person ensemble made up of talented young musicians from all across Ireland. They will perform a selection of classical film scores by popular composers such as John Williams, Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. This free public performance will be an unmissable opportunity to hear music from movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Lord of the Rings and more, performed by a 60 piece symphony orchestra!

In December of last year, after a competitive evaluation process, Galway was officially designated a UNESCO City Of Film. This is a permanent global designation and an internationally recognised standard of excellence for Galway. The title of City of Film also includes membership of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, which seeks to develop international cooperation amongst cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable development.

The Esker Festival Orchestra was set up in 2014 to provide a high quality, beneficial and meaningful musical opportunity for young professionals. The orchestra was set up to allow talented young musicians from across the country to perform together, socialise together and to promote and develop orchestral music in Ireland by nurturing the talents of its emerging musicians.

The Galway Film Fleadh takes place from Tuesday 7th to Sunday 12th July. The open air concert is just one of many events in a programme that promises to be filled with a feast of cinematic pleasures including public interviews, masterclasses, Q+A’s with filmmakers and extra-sensory screenings. The full programme for the 27th Galway Film Fleadh will be launched on Tuesday 23rd June at 6pm in the Veranda Bar of the Radisson Blu Hotel.

The Open Air Concert of Music from the Movies takes place on the second day of the Film Fleadh, Wednesday 8th July at 1pm by the Spanish Arch.

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