As Artistic Director, Beth works with promoters to develop programmes that suit the venue, budget and occasion.
As Artistic Director, Beth works with promoters to develop programmes that suit the venue, budget and occasion.

There will always be a “season” programme available as well as repertoire that the ensemble discover and want to introduce to a new audience.

Beth has a very good understanding of how to balance a programme to keep it engaging and interesting to the audience. Her strengths lie with matching more unusual works with classical favourites.

As the founder of the ensemble, Beth also manages the day to day running of Musici Ireland. This is a far reaching job, ranging from booking concerts, choosing repertoire and suitable musicians to payroll, fundraising and marketing. Her passion for Chamber Music shows through all these tasks and the great enjoyment she gets from completing an engagement.


Beth McNinch studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Beth began her freelance career in London, where she was in a great demand from major orchestras in the UK.

Beth is a prolific chamber musician, experienced soloist, and founder and Artistic Director of Musici Ireland.

She performed regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra of Wales. Since moving to Ireland in 2007, Beth has worked and toured in Ireland and America with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas. She is principal viola of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal with English National Ballet, the RTÉ Symphony and Concert Orchestras.

As a soloist, Beth has performed the Telemann viola concerto many times and Vaughn Williams’ Flos Campi for Solo Viola, Choir and Orchestra. Beth made her solo debut at the National Concert Hall in 2013. She was soloist for Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in 2015 with Ioana Petcu-Colan on violin at the National Opera House, Ireland.

Beth is a prolific chamber musician, having played regularly in string quartets since the age of nine.

Beth is the founder and Artistic Director of Musici Ireland. She plays on a cut down Viol by Barak Norman, dating back to the1650s. The instrument was made into a viola by Matthew Hardie in 1818.

Beth used to jump out of planes and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef but now you’re more likely to find her cuddling up with the dog and watching Netflix or playing dominoes with her husband and son! They are lucky enough to live a stone’s throw from beautiful Curracloe Beach in Co. Wexford.


Supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.