The 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival programme throws open its doors from June 26 to July 4 and welcomes a star-studded cast of international musicians performing some of the best-loved music in the repertoire.
Tickets have only been on general sale since late March but booking has been busier than ever before so that some concerts are nearly sold out already. Anyone who is thinking of attending any of this summer’s concerts, should book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Amongst those in attendance this year are tour groups from the Netherlands and UK as well as music-lovers from as far afield as the Middle East. Those visiting the area for this musical feast contribute to the Festival’s economic impact on Bantry of more than €2 million.
Returning twenty years after appearing at the first Festival, the admired Irish pianist Barry Douglas joins a stellar line-up which also includes the Borodin Quartet, the Russian ensemble currently celebrating its seventieth year; the Cremona Quartet from Italy; British cellist Natalie Clein; violinists Alina Ibragimova, Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Liana Gourdjia; viola players Maxim Rysanov, Brett Dean and Lilli Maijala, French cellists Marc Coppey and David Cohen; singers Gilchrist and Maria Keohane; pianists Till Fellner, Alexander Melnikov and Peter Laul; and many more.
Many visitors to the Festival particularly enjoy the series of Late Great Shows in the candlelit library of Bantry House. What better way to end a summer’s day than by watching the sun set over Bantry Bay with a glass of wine before hearing such masterpieces as Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 4 played by the Borodin Quartet or Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat performed by the Signum Quartet.
Morning talks hosted by RTÉ lyric fm broadcaster Evelyn Grant take place in the Brick Oven Restaurant and there will be a week-long Violin and Bow making Exhibition in the Old Cinema. As always, young talent is nurtured at the Festival through a week long programme of Young Musician masterclasses.
Book online at www.westcorkmusic.ie or by ringing the Festival office on 027 52788.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Failte Ireland.