Respicio is an instrumental ensemble with a particular interest in the music of the Baroque era, comprising recorder-player Sandra Collins, violinist Isabelle Fahy, cellist Norah O’Leary and harpsichordist David O’Shea. They have performed as an ensemble throughout Ireland, including performances at the Sligo Baroque Festival and at Kilkenny Heritage Centre. The group first began playing together in 2007 as the DIT Early Music Ensemble and received tuition from Laoise O’Brien, Andrew Robinson and Malcolm Proud, before reforming as Respicio in 2012 and giving an inaugural concert in St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street. Other recent performances include a performance at the Model Arts Gallery, Sligo, and a short tour of suburban Dublin with soprano Rachel Talbot entitled ‘Peregrination’.
The individual members of Respicio are graduates of both the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and have extensive performance experience, including many performances in the National Concert Hall as well as performances further afield in the UK, Switzerland, Finland and in the USA (including Carnegie Hall). The members of Respicio have worked with such renowned artists as Proinnsias O Duinn, Maya Homburger, the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, William Butt, Brian MacNamara, Kate Hearne and many others, and have performed with such Irish ensembles as the RTE Concert Orchestra, Dublin Baroque Players, Orchestra of St Cecilia, Hibernian Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Respicio is currently ensemble-in-residence with the early opera collective Opera Antiqua. Future performance plans include a Handel recital with soprano Niamh McCormack.