A string quartet playing at the Ballylogue Hotel in Dublin last week is not exactly a concert hall.
But it is the only one on the planet that is not entirely silent.
“It is a bit like an orchestra but you don’t really hear it,” said John Kelly, a violinist with the Dublin Philharmonic.
The musicians sit down to play and a sound-system is used to capture the sound of the music.
The orchestra is part of a partnership between the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and the Balsam Theatre, a theatre which was set up in 1788.
The Balsams have been providing the music for some of the biggest hits of the 20th century including The Sound of Music and Love and Rage, which were performed by the Dublin Orchestra.
Now the orchestra is in a position to bring the music to the public and to perform it for a wide audience.
“We have to think about the audience,” said Kelly.
“This is not an orchestra, it is an orchestra for the audience, and we have to make sure we get people to come and enjoy it.”
A sound-stage at the Dublin Opera House.
It is an opportunity for the orchestra to showcase its work and the city has welcomed the chance to showcase the work of one of the most recognisable orchestras in the world.
“The idea of the concert hall is to show the world that we have something here that is truly special and has a unique sound that is something we cannot duplicate anywhere else in the country,” said Phil Walsh, director of the Belsams.
The venue is a fitting venue for a string quartette, as well as a concert venue.
“You would think that the musicians are the best at what they do and the stage would be pretty nice,” said Walsh.
The concert hall has already been used for some live concerts.
“There have been a few rehearsals here, but the biggest concert was the first ever,” said Rory Breen, director general of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
He said the concert was also an opportunity to play live music with the musicians in the first of its kind.
“When we went to London to see a show by the Beatles they had just opened the doors to the Batsheesh,” he said.
“And this is something that has been happening for a long time.”
They have got the sound down, the lighting and the lights are great, and there’s really a lot of energy in the room.
“The sound system also features a video feed of the orchestra and the concert.”
I think it is a really great way to showcase what the musicians do and how they get the best out of their instrument and how to give their music an interesting sound and make it sing,” said Breen.
The music has already caught the attention of the European Union, where it has been nominated for the European Concerts in aural and visual categories.
The Dublin Symphony, whose repertoire includes the Beethoven Concerto in E major, and the Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1, which was performed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, are both nominated for their works in the categories.
A concert at the Berlin Philharmonie is also being considered for inclusion.”
Music is a universal language and it’s very important to give people the chance of seeing music from every corner of the world,” said James Gallagher, the European director general for Europe.”
So we’re really looking forward to seeing this as a potential venue for our future shows.