Booking is now open for the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from June 26 to July 4. The Festival, which is a highlight of the European chamber music calendar, welcomes a star-studded cast of international musicians.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival will feature some of the best-loved music in the repertoire including Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, Schubert’s Trout and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Also renowned worldwide for its championing of contemporary composers, the programme blends the familiar with less well known music. Among the exciting new works performed this summer will be premieres by Ian Wilson and Seán Doherty and also by Dobrinka Tabakova and Sebastian Fagerlund.
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 Caroline MacPhie, James Gilchrist and Maria Keohane; pianists Till Fellner, Alexander Melnikov and Peter Laul; and many more.
Poetry will be celebrated during the week with lyrics by TS Eliot, Edwin Muir, A.E. Housman, William Blake, Alexander Bok and Stéphane Mallarmé.
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.
General booking opens on March 23. Bookings can be made by going to www.westcorkmusic.ie or by ringing 027 52788.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Failte Ireland.