Killaloe Chamber Music Festival, 26th-28th May
The 5th Annual Killaloe Chamber Music Festival under Artistic Director Joachim Roewer opens on Friday 26th of May and runs until the 28th, bringing a series of concerts from outstanding Irish and international artists. The programme includes music by Mozart, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Shostakovich and will delight music lovers of all ages in the wonderful setting of Killaloe’s 13th Century Gothic Cathedral overlooking Lough Derg. The event attracts a growing number of visitors to the picturesque heritage twin towns of Killaloe-Ballina. Tickets are already on sale from the Glór box office on 065 684 3103.
Alongside the popular series of evening concerts taking place at St. Flannan’s Cathedral are included a number of hidden gems. Catch Peter and the Wolf at Saturday morning’s ‘Coffee Concert’ at Wood & Sons at 11am, or soak up the magic of early black and white cinema with live piano and violin accompaniment at the ‘Late Night Concert’ in the Cathedral on Saturday night. Despite the late hour, tickets for this show, (which begins at 10.30pm) are snapped up quickly as it’s a truly magical way to experience Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and Georges Mélies’ Le voyage dans la lune (1902). Our top tip for families would be Sunday’s Children’s Concert at 3pm which takes place in the gorgeous setting of the Cathedral of St. Flannan’s.
Friday 26th May
The Festival opens Friday 26th at 8pm with the Vanbrugh Quartet performing Borodin’s String Quartet No.2 followed by Brahms’ String Quintet op.111. Irish pianist Hugh Tinney will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 81a “Les Adieux”.
Saturday 27th May
Saturday’s evening concert begins at 8pm with Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ with Katherine Hunka on violin, clarinetist Katherine Spencer and pianist Fiachra Garvey. Hugh Tinney joins soprano Sylvia O’Brien in Beethoven’s ‘Irish Folk Songs’ and the Vanbrugh String Quartet will play Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3.
Sunday 28th May
Sunday welcomes back pianist Fiachra Garvey at 8pm performing Mozart’s 12 Variations on “Ah, vous-dirai je Maman” KV265. Soprano Sylvia O’Brien joins Fiachra in three Mozart lieder. The evening will conclude with Arnold Schonberg’s String Sextet, Transfigured Night op.4.
The complete Festival programme can be found at www.killaloemusicfestival.com. Tickets range from €5 to €25, with discounts for children and students. Tickets are available from the Glór box office on 065 684 3103. Book early to avoid disappointment. The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, RTE lyric fm, Clare County Council and Wood & Sons.
Published on 6 April 2017