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 nearly two years.

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, and Alexander’s Ragtime Band.

After our Concert in St Luke's Home, Mahon, Cork, where we played for the residents before Christmas.

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