The National Folk Orchestra of Ireland is premiering their work for the first time outside of Ireland — and have chosen London as their first destination. Macalla 1916: An Echo of the Past is a vision of the future, rooted in Irish past. This musical composition commemorates the 1916 Easter Rising that occurred in Ireland and played a pivotal and significant role in the way Ireland has developed as a modern nation. Macalla 1916 celebrates Ireland’s history, its cultural traditions, and its musical heritage. The acclaimed musician Michael Rooney composed, commissioned by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. The National Folk Orchestra brings Rooney’s composition to life in the Barbican Hall this weekend, uniting classical and traditional Irish instruments such as the harp, fiddle, accordion, bodhrán, and the Uilleann pipes. The performance will be accompanied by image and video footage from the Irish national archive.