Bringing Alive The

Music You Love

On stage in the Devere Hall, University College Cork, after 'An Evening in the Quad' 15 July 2017.

The Cork Light Orchestra (CLO) was formed by a group of enthusiastic amateur and semi-professional musicians who had varying experience of other musical settings. Their Musical Director is well known cellist Ilse de Ziah. She has conducted the group for over two years.

September 2017 Music Calendar







Garden Fair

Farmer's Market

Culture Night

Ballymaloe House


Cork City Gaol







The Orchestra plays light instrumental music inspired by the salon, jazz and light orchestras of the 1920s and 30s. Our audiences can be seen jiving to the livelier numbers, waltzing to Viennese classics, and singing along to well known hits of more recent years. As one audience member said "the Orchestra plays music we all know and love but do not hear often enough".

Pieces specially arranged for the Orchestra by Musical Director Ilse include Mad About The Boy, Downtown, Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Hit The Road Jack.


We look forward to playing music for you, please come along, listen and enjoy.

Playing in the grounds of Doneraile Court, County Cork, 23 July 2017.

The Cork Light Orchestra is available at reasonable rates to play for special occasions or corporate events. For more information email: