The West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which has taken place annually in Bantry since 1995 and is one of Europe’s leading festivals of classical music, will run from 29 June to 7 July, across four venues in Cork.
The festival’s theme for 2012 is the way that music can be seen as ‘the shaping of the invisible’, with a special focus on the use of folk music by classical composers.
This year’s programme, which spotlights string music, will feature almost 100 musicians, including cellist Natalie Clein, Polish quartet Apollon Musagete, Alina Ibragimova’s Chiarascuro Quartet, Robin Tritschler, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and Signum Quartet.
Alongside a range of canonical classical pieces, there will be performances of Deirdre Gribbin’s What the Whaleship Saw, Raymond Deane’s Five Piece Suite, and the three winning works from this year’s Composition Competition. Thomas Larcher is the festival’s composer-in-residence.
Additionally, there will be an exhibition of instruments from some of Ireland’s leading instrument makers, and a series of masterclasses and talks that will run throughout the festival.
Full programme is here.
Published on 15 June 2012