Mairéad Hickey, Ailish Tynan, Ed Creedon, Catriona McKay at Clandeboye Festival

Mairéad Hickey

Mairéad Hickey, Ailish Tynan, Ed Creedon, Catriona McKay at Clandeboye Festival

Artistic Director Barry Douglas programmes Vienna focus for 9-day festival.

The Clandeboye Festival – which takes place on the Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, less than 20km from Belfast – begins on Friday 17 August and runs until the following Saturday 25 August.

Directed by pianist and founder of Camerata Ireland Barry Douglas, the annual festival features a combination of international artists and emerging musicians who have come through the Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye. Each year, the festival invites a number of young musicians to take part in the Academy and they work with the artists in residence for the duration of the festival.

This year, Clandeboye Festival features artists from US/Chile, Finland, France, England, Scotland and Ireland. The fifteen afternoon and evening concerts will have a particular focus on composers associated with Vienna, such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms.

Songs from Ireland and Vienna
On 25 August, Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto in E flat (K449), Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. The concert will feature soloists Andrés Díaz (cello), Mairead Hickley (violin) and Ed Creedon (viola). Hickey and Creedon are both former students of the Academy.

Hickey and Creedon will also perform with the Lir Quartet (Hickey, Siobhán Doyle, Creedon and Chris Ellis) on 19 August in an afternoon recital featuring Mozart’s ‘Hunt’ quartet and Brahms’ Quartet No. 3 in D minor.

On 20 August, Ailish Tynan and Douglas will perform ‘Songs from Ireland and Vienna’ in a lunchtime concert, including works by Clarke and Bodley.

On 18 August, Julie Alcaraz (piano), Andrés Díaz (cello), Barry Douglas (piano), Ruth Gibson (viola), Jessie Grimes (clarinet), Chris Kelly (double bass), Elina Vahälä (violin) and Richard Watkins (horn) will perform Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, Zemlinsky’s Trio for piano clarinet and cello, and Beethoven’s Horn Sonata.

Further highlights include a performance on 24 August by Douglas’ group Celtic Orbit with Catriona McKay (harp), Chris Stout (fiddle) and Eimear McGeown (flute and whistle).

For full details on the festival, visit

Published on 14 August 2018

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