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Music In Schools this winter with The Aurora Harp and Flute Duo

Posted on: Monday, 27th November 2017 @ 4:01pm

Tuning Up continues with the third of this season’s music-in-schools projects. The Aurora Harp and Flute Duo consists of harpist Fiona Gryson and flautist Katie Hyland.
From Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December, they will be visiting schools throughout County Cork, including schools in Ballygarvan, Crossmahon, Millstreet, Mallow, Glounthaune and Monkstown. Their fun and interactive workshop will help students to discover the history and background of the harp and flutes.
The Aurora Duo was established in 2012 while both musicians were studying at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. They have both graduated with First Class Honours from the BMus programme  and in 2017 they participated in masterclasses at this summer’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

A Cork County Council Arts in Schools service organised in partnership with West Cork Music

Call for Scores for 2018 Composition Competition for Young Composers

Posted on: Tuesday, 07th November 2017 @ 1:50pm

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2018 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 23rd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2018. Festival dates are 29 June – 8 July

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and up 3 nights B&B at the Festival. Winning composers will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the Festival on Sunday 1st July, which will be directed by an international Composer, where the winning works will be played through by a Quartet on the Festival’s masterclass programme. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series 2-7 July. There will be opportunities to rehearse with the Quartet 29-30 June.

Click here for more information. 

West Cork Music Concert Series December - Katherine Hunka and Finghin Collins

Posted on: Friday, 03rd November 2017 @ 3:10pm

In a new exciting collaboration, violinist Katherine Hunka and pianist Finghin Collins perform in St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co.Cork on 3rd December. As well as being among the top soloists in the country, they are great communicators, so entertaining and informative introductions to the music can be expected.  Their programme of duos for violin and piano will feature well-known classics by Beethoven and Brahms and lesser-known works by the Czech composer Leos Janacek and the contemporary Irish composer Ian Wilson.
Ian Wilson will introduce his work at this concert.

Beethoven Sonata in A  minor
Wilson  'from the book of longing'
Janáĉek Sonata for violin and piano
Brahms  Sonata in G major

Tickets €18 (€12 Students & under 16's when booked by the phone 027 52788)

Book online here

Promoted with Classical Links.

Concert Series October - London Chamber Brass 27 October

Posted on: Monday, 23rd October 2017 @ 10:50am

We are really looking forward to the London Chamber Brass concert in St Fachtna's Cathedral, Rosscarbery on Friday 27 October. There are still tickets available so either book here or by ringing the office on 027 52788. Alternatively you will be able to get your tickets on the door.

Programme
Maynard - Fanfare     
Handel - Water Music
Arnold -  Quintet No.1    
Sherwin - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Trad. - Just a Closer Walk     
Kamen - Quintet       
Bernstein - West Side Story

Remembering Paule Cotter

Posted on: Monday, 09th October 2017 @ 12:06pm

Francis Humphrys and the staff of West Cork Music are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our friend Dr Paule Cotter.

Paule was a staunch supporter of West Cork  Music and was a highly valued member of the Board of West Cork Music since the company’s inception. We appreciated her generosity, loyalty and commitment to the future of West Cork Music and its three festivals.

She will be sorely missed at the West Cork Chamber Music and Literary Festivals which she attended without fail each year.

West Cork Music would like to pass on sincere condolences to Paule’s family and friends at this sad time.

Concert Series October - London Chamber Brass

Posted on: Monday, 25th September 2017 @ 1:00pm

We are delighted to announce the next event in West Cork Music's Concert Series. London Chamber Brass returns to County Cork schools for a week of workshops - and on Friday 27 October at 8pm, they will be performing a concert in Rosscarbery.

Presenting London Chamber Brass

When: Friday 27th October, 8pm
Where: St Fachtna's Cathedral, Rosscarbery, Co Cork

Programme

Maynard - Fanfare    
Handel - Water Music
Arnold -  Quintet No.1   
Sherwin - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
Trad. - Just a Closer Walk    
Kamen - Quintet      
Bernstein - West Side Story

London Chamber Brass

London Chamber Brass: clockwise from top left - Cai Isfryn, Oliver Hickie, Edward Leech, Sebastian Philpott and Andy White.

We return to St Fachtna's Cathedral in Rosscarbery for this concert on Friday 27 October at 8pm.

London Chamber Brass is made up of professional brass musicians based in London. After studying at institutions such as the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama they now work as freelance players for many top orchestras. Members of the quintet are regular extra players for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Halle Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

They are versatile players that often perform as soloists and with chamber groups, performing at festivals such as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. As session musicians they have performed at music festivals worldwide with pop groups and in West End shows, such as Wicked, Matilda the Musical and Phantom of the Opera.

Click this link to book tickets for this concert.

Tickets are €18. Note: Concessions (students and under-16s) are €12 and need to be booked by phone on 00 353 (0)27 52788.

2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Posted on: Tuesday, 05th September 2017 @ 1:10pm

Tune in to BBC Radio 3 next week from Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th September to listen to John Toal present highlights from our 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival for their Lunchtime Concert Series at 1pm.

Click here to tune in when it goes live. 

The programme for the week is as follows:

Tuesday, 12th September
Haydn
Quartet in F major, Op.50 No.5, The Dream  Quatuor Zaïde
Debussy
Violin Sonata in G minor  Viviane Hagner / Huw Watkins
Mozart 
Serenade in E flat for wind octet, K.375 (performers listed under Friday)


Wednesday, 13th September
Grieg Violin
Sonata No.1 in F major Op.8 Henning Kraggerud/Dénes Várjon
Schumann
Fantasiestücke Op.12 Dénes Várjon 

Thursday, 14th September, 2017
Wolf
Italian Serenade  Quatuor Zaïde   
Rebecca Clarke
Viola Sonata  Dana Zemtsov / Joonas Ahonen 
Adès
The Four Quarters Op.28  Doric String Quartet

Friday, 15th September, 2017
Beethoven 
Piano Trio No.3 in C minor Op.1/3 Viviane Hagner/Johannes Moser/Barry Douglas
Mozart 
Serenade in C minor for wind octet K.388 Olivier Doise, Armel Descottes, Christopher Sundqvist, Mathias Kjøller, Hervé Joulain, Susanne Schmid, Peter Whelan, Amy Harman

A Thank you from West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 09th August 2017 @ 2:47pm

As the sun sets on another fabulous West Cork Chamber Music Festival, we'd like to thank all our wonderful musicians, volunteers, staff, the Red Cross, our Friends and Donors, transporters, our beautiful venues ... and not forgetting our amazing audience - thank you all and see you next year!!!!

RTÉ lyric fm Broadcasting LIVE from the 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Thursday, 15th June 2017 @ 2:50pm

Four concerts will be broadcast live from the 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. So, if you can't make your way to Bantry this year, you have the opportunity to hear the action on RTÉ Lyric fm and via the European Broadcasting Union.

We've had as many as 47 MILLION people listen from all over the world to our concerts with thanks to RTÉ lyric fm and the EBU.

Monday 3rd July

Event 29.  - 8pm Main Evening Concert - Bantry House 

Wednesday 5th July

Event 48. - 8pn Main Evening Concert - Bantry House

Friday 7th July

Event 61. - 11am Coffee Concert - St Brendan's Church 

Event 66. -  8pm Main Evening Concert - Bantry House 

 

 

WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC -FRINGE FESTIVAL 2017

Posted on: Friday, 02nd June 2017 @ 11:18am

This year West Cork Chamber Music Festival will debut a Fringe Festival  to bring this world class music for free out into the community for non-festival goers to experience and enjoy.

The Fringe Festival will add 8 performances, 3 workshops plus a series of pop-ups through-out the week. Events can be found on the main programme page.

Musicians and singers:
Alex Petcu, Caitriona Frost, Behn Quartet, Ensemble Dagda, Fiona Gryson, Katie Hyland, Mairead Hickey, Voice Trio

Free Performances
The 8 performances will take place around lunch time in a wide variety of locations
such as Whiddy Island, Garnish Island, St James Church Durrus and Bantry town enabling the local community to engage more fully with the festival as well as adding to the festival atmosphere.

Free WORKSHOPS

Monday 3rd July, 12.00, Bantry Bay Hotel
Alex Petcu and Sinéad Frost– Bang and Crash!!

Percussion workshop for under 12s
Alex and Sinead will perform with congas, bongos, snare drums, cymbals and much more! He will need help from the kids to play shakers, rainsticks, tambourines and using their bodies to create sound!

Tuesday 4th July, 12.00, National Learning Network, Donemark, Bantry
Alex Petcu and Sinéad Frost– Bang and Crash!!

Alex takes his show outdoors! (weather permitting)

Friday 7th July, 5.30pm, Bantry Bay Hotel
Voice Trio are giving a workshop to  members of the various choirs around the Bantry area

Any questions contact   - West Cork Music Office 027 52788 Deirdre O’Donovan 0838452144 / odonovandeirdre66@gmail.com

We are delighted to have the support and sponsorship of the OPW this inaugural year

2017 Chamber Music Festival Programme Changes

Posted on: Tuesday, 30th May 2017 @ 12:47pm

Please see below the events where programme changes have had to be made. Please check back here to keep up to date with any announcements for the Chamber Music Festival. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Pavel Nik has had to withdraw from this years festival. He is being replaced with Simone Gramaglia. This will effect Events 66 and 70

Due to events beyond their control, Osmosis Quartet had to cancel their participation in the Festival. Their place has been taken at short notice by the youthful Cymbeline Quartet from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

The Wild Atlantic Way

Posted on: Friday, 12th May 2017 @ 3:03pm

Wild Atlantic WayWe're so lucky to find ourselves on Ireland's spectacular Wild Atlantic Way!

Bantry has become one of Ireland's leading destination towns, hosting our West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition. Our magnificent landscape has inspired its own language, literature, arts and song - and is a place where visitors can discover Ireland's wild, west coast.

From Kerry, the Wild Atlantic Way segues into Cork in a dramatic explosion of islands and jutting peninsulas. From megalithic stone circles and bardic schools to Bantry House & Garden, you can trace every stage of Ireland's rich history here.

A few miles away, at the head of the Sheep's Head Way is Durrus, one of the key staging posts of the Wild Atlantic Way. This peninsula is so spectacular that it has been recognised as a European Destination of Excellence: a modern Eden. On the other side of Bantry Bay lies the remote Beara Peninsula which is dominated by the Caha Mountains and offers views of the distant Skellig Islands.

The whole area is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, the new 2,500 km long scenic driving route along the west coast of Ireland from Donegal to Cork.

Find out more about the Wild Atlantic Way here!
 

We’re Recruiting Page Turners

Posted on: Wednesday, 26th April 2017 @ 10:40am

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is expanding its current panel of Page Turners. Page-turners are the air-traffic controllers of chamber music - it’s a fine art. If you are able to read music, have experience in page-turning and are available during the Festival period, 30 June – 8 July 2017, please send your CV to clodaghwcm[at]eircom.net. Please detail your page-turning experience.

This is a paid position.

All applications will be screened for eligibility. Candidates who obtain a place on the panel will be considered for subsequent concerts.

The Winners of the 10th West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition Have Been Announced

Posted on: Wednesday, 26th April 2017 @ 10:32am

The four winning composers are:

Martin Keary, Work: Bangalorian Civic Duty

Daniel Mc Dermott, Work: Sleamhnan

Alex Dowling, Work: Line Drawing

Emma O'Halloran, Work: Flashover

The selected works will be premiered at the 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival (30 June - 8 July 2017) as well as being presented at the Festival’s Young Composers Forum, on Saturday 1 July.

Each winning composer will be awarded a bursary of €500. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 3, 5, 6 and 7 July

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition is supported by IMRO.

Exciting Internship Opportunity with West Cork Music

Posted on: Tuesday, 11th April 2017 @ 8:01am


West Cork Music is now in its 22nd year of delivering world renowned festivals

Would you like an opportunity to join the team at a major international festival? Get real world, behind the scenes knowledge and experience of what makes a great festival come together? If so, one of the Festival Intern positions with West Cork Music might be just what you are looking for.

This year we are inviting applicants to intern and experience both the West Cork Chamber Music and West Cork Literary Festivals. The successful candidate will gain experience of the exhilarating world of festivals and meet top artists in their fields. Working alongside the experienced festival team this is a unique experience providing an invaluable opportunity for the right candidate.

Detailed role descriptions for these exciting opportunities are available below. Deadline 15th May.

West Cork Music Festival Intern for the West Cork Chamber Music & West Cork Literary Festivals - Duration: June to Late July

West Cork Music Production Internship - Duration: 27th June - 10th July

Job Vacancy: Office Assistant (Community Employment Scheme)

Posted on: Friday, 24th February 2017 @ 3:26pm

*** Position Filled - Thanks to all who applied! ***

Office Assistant, (Community Employment Scheme)

West Cork Music

Hours per week: 19.5
Start Date: March 2017
Salary: C.E. Rates
Location: Bantry

Located at offices of West Cork Music, Glengarriff Rd, Bantry, this job involves assisting with administrative duties in a busy festival office. West Cork Music manages West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition. Duties include data input, database maintenance, handling booking system, mailouts and other festival / event duties.

Computer skills, good telephone manner and attention to detail essential. 19.5 hrs per week.

Applicants for all CE vacancies must meet specific eligibility criteria. To confirm eligibility, you must enquire at your local FÁS office.

For further information and to apply for this position contact Tim O Sullivan at 027 52374 or wctdmail@eircom.net, West Cork Training and Development Scheme Ltd.

NEW CONCERT SERIES Handel’s Acis and Galatea

Posted on: Thursday, 16th February 2017 @ 5:17pm

West Cork Music will be opening its 2017/18 Concert Series with a special performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music presents Handel’s Acis and Galatea in St Brendan’s Church, Bantry on Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. Click here for more information and to book online.

This concert will be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Peter Whelan and will feature the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra.

An idyllic romance between two young lovers Galatea and Acis is brutally interrupted by Polyphemus, who is determined to claim Galatea for himself.  When the headstrong Acis ignores warnings that love is only a fleeting pleasure, he ends up putting himself directly in the line of fire.

Sung in English, Acis & Galatea features tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn as the thwarted lovers, with bass baritone Edward Grint as Polyphemus and tenor Andrew Gavin as Damon. The Acis and Galatea chorus includes Cormac Lawlor, Fearghal Curtis, Peter O'Reilly and Sinead O'Kelly.

Written in 1717 Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire and one of Handel’s most treasured works. The opera was first performed in Dublin at Crow Street Music Hall in May 1734. Seven years later Handel received an invitation from the Duke of Devonshire, then Lord Lieutenant in Dublin to present a series of concerts of his most popular English-language works – including Acis and Galatea, to be held at Dublin’s new “Musick Hall” in Fishamble Street between December 1741 and Spring 1742. The subscription concerts were so successful that Handel arranged for the first performance of his newly commissioned oratorio Messiah, to take place that April using many of the performers from Acis and Galatea.

Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council.

2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Brochure & Gold Friends Priority Booking

Posted on: Tuesday, 24th January 2017 @ 5:17pm

West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to announce that our 2017 Brochure should be arriving with you in the post this week. Click HERE to download it online.

With concerts selling out months before the Festival in 2016, becoming a Gold Friend gives you the breathing space to choose the seats you want along with a range of other benefits such as:

  • 8 weeks priority booking for 2 people for 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival
  • Access to selected Festival Rehearsals*
  • Invitations to Friends & Artists receptions
  • Complimentary Festival Programme
  • Bantry House Garden & Tearoom pass
  • Complimentary pair of tickets to attend one Late Night Concert [booking required]
  • Priority booking for the Literary & Masters of Tradition Festivals

Click here to find out more information on how to become a Gold Friend or call us today on 00353 (0)27 52788 or email westcorkmusic[at]eircom.net

Full programme of the 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival just announced

Posted on: Thursday, 22nd December 2016 @ 4:44pm

We wish all of our supporters a very Happy Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to announce the full programme of the 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. 

The 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 30 June - 8 July and priority booking for Gold Friends opens on 24 January 2017. Priority booking for Silver Friends opens on 21 February and general booking opens 21 March. Click here to view the full programme.

Among those performing in 2017 are:

Doric Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Zaïde Quartet, Pavel Haas Quartet
violinists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Miranda Cuckson, Henning Kraggerud, Viviane Hagner, Peter Schumayer and Mairéad Hickey
singer Claire Booth
pianists Barry Douglas, Joonas Ahonen, Julius Drake, Dénes Várjon, Christopher Glynn, Alasdair Beatson and Huw Watkins
harpist Andreja Malir
cellists Camille Thomas, Johannes Moser, Pieter Wispelwey and Christopher Marwood
flautist Adam Walker
violists Dana Zemtsov and Timothy Ridout
clarinettists Christoffer Sundqvist and Mathias Kjøller
double bass player Niek de Groot
bassoonist Amy Harman and Peter Whelan
oboeist Olivier Doise and many more

Cork County Council and West Cork Music bring Music into Schools throughout Cork County this Autumn

Posted on: Friday, 11th November 2016 @ 10:39am

Thousands of Cork students benefited from Tuning Up, Cork County Council’s Music in Schools programme last year. Part funded by the Arts Council, Tuning Up is managed by West Cork Music and brings leading classical musicians into Cork schools.

This year, Tuning Up began in October with seven workshops by Ensemble Dagda which explored the foundations of baroque music and attempted to break the barriers so often imposed  by the classical genre. Baroque music was brought to life while the similarities to Irish traditional music were discussed. The musicians visited schools in Rylane, Millstreet, Mallow, Cobh, Glanmire, Berrings and Aherla.

Next week, from 14 – 18 November, we welcome our next Tuning Up programme with five days of workshops in North, East and West Cork. The Ortús Ensemble will be visiting schools in Glanmire, Douglas, Youghal, Mallow, Castletownbere, Eyeries, Clonakilty and Ballingeary. They will treat students to a tour of live classical and traditional music from around the world. Using interactive methods, the musicians will introduce the students to the beauty and relevance of music written over the last few centuries. Performing music by some of the great composers like Beethoven and Bach, the ensemble will also showcase traditional Irish music and folk melodies from further afield.

A week later, from 21 – 25 November, Tuning Up continues when the Irish Guitar Quartet will present its workshops to schools in Millstreet, Mallow, Glanmire, Ballincollig, Glounthaune, Passage West, Rusheen, Dunmanway, Durrus and Kilcrohane. This workshop will stimulate students in the areas of creativity, music and individual expression. Each performance is linked to an age-appropriate ‘road map’ of musical understanding and the programme will include Latin, Far East, Folk and American Classics to transport students around the world.

All three Tuning Up projects are generously supported by Cork County Council and part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Springboard

Posted on: Tuesday, 08th November 2016 @ 11:29am

We are delighted to be able to announce that West Cork Music will be holding its first ever retreat, Springboard, over the St Patrick's weekend in March 2017.

Fiddler Caoimhín O'Raghallaigh will be tutor-in-residence during this special weekend in  beautiful West Cork. A member of The Gloaming, Caoimhín has been described as 'the most singular traditional Irish musician of [his] generation' by State Magazine, Ireland.

This retreat is aimed at competently skilled fiddlers who want to examine more fundamental questions around playing the fiddle - How can I put more feeling into my music? How can I make it mean more? How can I find more freedom while playing? What is beauty in sound to me?

We invite fiddlers to springboard into the unknown, challenging ideas of what is beautiful in sound. Take those ideas as a jumping off point, gain actual physical knowledge of how they feel on the fiddle and share extensive feedback about the sounds created. Open as many doors as  possible into new worlds of sound-making on the fiddle and gain the confidence to blaze a trail, expanding what is thinkable and possible.

3 night's accommodation in high quality, shared twin-rooms is included. Workshops are held in an idyllic, rural and inspirational setting. Attendees will have time allocated to explore the surrounding woodland and coast.

A feast of local Irish food is also included in the fee. Three breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be prepared for you so all you need to do is enjoy your weekend and submerse yourself into the beautiful surrounds of nature and music.

Click here to find out more or call 00 353 (0)27 52788 for more details.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2017 Composition Competition Call for Scores

Posted on: Wednesday, 05th October 2016 @ 2:49pm

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2017 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2017.

Works chosen will be performed at the 22nd West Cork Chamber Music Festival 30 June - 8 July 2017.

Click here for more information.

Music In Schools October - Ensemble Dagda

Posted on: Monday, 03rd October 2016 @ 2:55pm

Ensemble Dagda workshops: 4 – 7 Oct 

Buntús Baroque with  Ensemble Dagda explores the foundations of baroque music and breaks the barriers so often imposed by the classical genre. The workshop brings Baroque music to life in an exciting environment whilst demonstrating the similarities to our own folk music. This workshop takes students on an enjoyable journey through music history filled with anecdotes and performances guaranteed to leave the listener with a taste for more!

The workshop presents the unique chance for children to engage with historically authentic instruments at close range in an exciting yet relaxed presentation illustrating that all audiences are an integral part of  all genres of music-making.

Ensemble Dagda will be touring Cork visiting the below schools starting Tuesday 4th October

Tuesday 4 October
Rylane NS, Rylane & Colaiste an Phairsaigh, Glanmire

Wednesday 5th October
Millstreet Community School & St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

Thursday 6th October
St Mary’s NS, Cobh

Friday 7th October
Berrings NS, Berrings & Kilbonane NS, Aherla

A Cork County Council Arts in Schools service organised in partnership with West Cork Music

 

2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s concerts on BBC Radio 3

Posted on: Friday, 23rd September 2016 @ 2:28pm

The first of 4 concerts will be broadscast on BBC Radio 3 starting from Tuesday 27th September at 1pm on the BBC 3 Lunchtime Concert. Click here to tune in when it goes live. More details below.

Tuesday 27th  September   

Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op.132  - Annelien Van Wauwe [clarinet], Georgy Kovalev [viola]José Gallardo [piano] 

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D.667, Trout - Elina Vähälä [violin], Lilli Maijala [viola], Pieter Wispelwey [cello], Olivier Thiery [double bass], José Gallardo [piano]

Wednesday 28th September

Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.74, Harp - Chiaroscuro Quartet

Schulhoff: Duo for violin and cello - Mairead Hickey [violin], Ella van Poucke [cello]

Thursday 29th September

Beethoven: Fifteen Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat (Eroica Variations), Op.35 Tamar Beraia [piano]

Bloch: Piano Quintet No.1 -  Nurit Stark [violin],  Mairead Hickey [violin],  Georgy Kovalev [viola], Monika Leskovar [cello],  Cédric Pescia [piano]

Friday 30th September

Beethoven: String Quintet in C, Op.29 - Kelemen Quartet, Lawrence Power [viola] 

Ulvi Cemal Erkin: String Quartet - Borusan Quartet  above       
Léo Weiner: Fox Dance (from Divertimento No.1) - Kelemen Quartet

RTÉ lyric fm Broadcasts from the 2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 31st August 2016 @ 12:38pm

This September pull up a seat, close your eyes and imagine yourself immersed in music back in Bantry as you tune into The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott on RTÉ lyric fm at 8pm on Tuesday 6th, Monday 19th & Wednesday 28th September.
Full details below. Click here to go to RTÉ lyric fm The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott website.

Tuesday 6th September Concert No. 50 

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott (REPEAT)

Teppo Hauta-Aho: Kadenza [Olivier Thiery double bass]

Schulhoff: Concertino [Adam Walker [flute], Lilli Maijala [viola], Olivier Thiery [double bass]

Reimann/Mendelssohn: oder soll es Tod bedeuten [Carolyn Sampson [soprano], Kelemen Quartet]

Schubert: Winterreise [Mark Padmore [tenor], Paul Lewis [piano]]

 

Monday 19th September Concert No.9 and 10 

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

Seán Doherty: Lament for the Poets (WORLD PREMIERE) [Caroline Melzer [soprano], Vanbrugh Quartet]

Grieg: Quartet in G minor Op.27 [Borusan Quartet]

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet [Annelien Van Wauwe [clarinet], Kelemen Quartet]

Beethoven:Quartet in A minor op.132 [Vanbrugh Quartet]

 

Wednesday 28th September Concerts 18 and 19 

The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott

Beethoven: String Quintet Op.29 [Lawrence Power [Viola] , Kelemen Quartet]

Janáček: Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters' [Lawrence Power [Viola] , Kelemen Quartet]

Leo Weiner: Hungarian Dance (Fox Dance) [Kelemen Quartet]

Erkin: Quartet [Borusan Quartet]

Bartók: Contrasts  [Annelien Van Wauwe [clarinet], Tamsin Waley-Cohen [violin], Cédric Tiberghien [piano]

Dvořák Piano Quartet No.2 Op.87 [Elina Vähälä [violin], Lilli Maijala [viola], Monika Leskovar [cello], Julius Drake [piano]]

A Thank You

Posted on: Friday, 05th August 2016 @ 12:03pm

On behalf of all the festival team, we would like to THANK YOU, the Volunteers, Audience, Artists, Supporters, Sponsors and Community for making the West Cork Chamber Music Festival such a fantastic 9 days.

Thank you to our Funders, Sponsors, Friends who support the Festival in so many ways. We are incredibly grateful for your support. These are the companies, organizations and people that give us money, supplies, food and other types of help in order to allow us to stretch our limited budget and resources to their maximum.

A Massive ‘Thank You’ to everyone who volunteered with the Festival, we are so lucky, and grateful that you choose to give your time to help out the Festival.

Thank you to the wonderful Artists who participated in the Festival this year.

And a huge thank you to the audiences and everyone who attended, participated in, filled out our surveys and embraced the Festival this year. It was a pleasure welcoming you to Bantry.

Thank you to the People of Banty, for welcoming all the Festival goers to our Town and making their visit a memorable one.
We hope to Welcome you all back in 2017 from the 30 June – 8 July.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme has landed

Posted on: Thursday, 30th June 2016 @ 10:40am

The 2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme has landed. It's the go to Festival Guide for all you need to know about all 72 events of the Festival. Pick it up in the Box Office or any of the Concert Venues for €10.

2016 Chamber Music Festival Programme Changes

Posted on: Friday, 24th June 2016 @ 10:00am

Please see below the events where programme changes have had to be made. Please check back here to keep up to date with any announcements for the Chamber Music Festival. If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact us. Apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Event 8 Crespo Series on 2 July 16:00 Schumann Carnaval Op.9 is being replaced with Schumann Fantasie Op.17

Event 18 Crespo Series on 3 July 16.00 Due to unforeseen events restricting the Quartet’s rehearsal time, the Kelemen Quartet has asked to replace Hartmann Quartet 2 with the more familiar Janáček Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters'.

RTÉ lyric fm Broadcasting LIVE from the 2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Thursday, 16th June 2016 @ 4:54pm

Three concerts will be broadcast live and one at a later date from the 2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. So, if you can't make your way to Bantry this year, you have the opportunity to hear the action on RTÉ and via the European Broadcasting Union.

We've had as many as 47 MILLION people listen from all over the world to our concerts with thanks to RTÉ lyric fm and the EBU.

Event 29. Monday 4th July Main Evening Concert – St Brendan’s Church 20.00 LIVE

Event 33. Tuesday 5th July Coffee Concert St Brendan’s Church 11.00 LIVE

Event 50. Wednesday 6th July Main Evening Concert St Brendan’s Church 20.00

Event 68. Friday 8th July Main Evening Concert Bantry House 20.00

 

Festival map for the 2016 Chamber music Festival

Posted on: Thursday, 16th June 2016 @ 10:37am

Below is a map of all the venues used during the Chamber Music Festival. This will be available in the Festival Programme which can be purchased at the Festival from the Box Office.

Gala Fundraising concert in support of The National String Quartet Foundation

Posted on: Wednesday, 01st June 2016 @ 10:46am

We would like to let you know about the upcoming Vanbrugh Quartet & Friends concert in Aula Maxima, UCC. This is a Gala Fundraising concert in support of The National String Quartet Foundation

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is a meeting-point for top young ensembles from conservatoires in Cork, Dublin and London, where advanced students have the opportunity to immerse themselves without distraction in the world of chamber music and are guided by some of the world's finest musicians. The opportunity to take part in Masterclasses and the experience of preparing for concerts at the end of the week are of considerable value in themselves, but the benefits of attending the Festival go further : behind the scenes there is much private tuition going on and the informal contact between students and artists is a tremendously valuable resource. The Scholarship Fund supports the programme of Masterclasses at the Festival.

VANBRUGH QUARTET & FRIENDS


A Gala Fundraising Concert in support of

The National String Quartet Foundation


Saturday June 18 2016  8pm
Aula Maxima, UCC


Tickets: €25 ( €20 concession for Cork Orchestral Society members)


Featuring:

The Vanbrugh Quartet
Beara Quartet
Cara O'Sullivan ( soprano)
Michael McHale ( piano)
Ed Creedon ( viola)

ONLINE BOOKING CURRENTLY DOWN

Posted on: Friday, 27th May 2016 @ 9:54am

Online booking is currently down. We'll be back early today hopefully! Apologise fort he inconvenience. 

CONCERTS UPDATE FOR THE 2016 WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted on: Monday, 09th May 2016 @ 4:39pm

This years West Cork Chamber Music Festival is proving to be the most popular yet with a number of concerts selling out already and others are close behind.

Please take note of the following seating availability. If you're having difficulty booking online please call our office on 00353 (0)27 52788

Super Seats have Sold out for most concerts

Event 9. Sat 2 Jul 8pm - Close to Selling out

Event 13. Sun 3 Jul 11am - Close to Selling out

Event 33. Tue 5 July 11am - SOLD OUT

Event 40. Tue 5 July 8pm - Close to Selling out

Event 47. WEd 6 Jul 3pm - Close to Selling out

Event 50. Wed 6 July 8pm - small number of tickets released

Event 53. Thur 7 July 11am - SOLD OUT

Event 59. Thur 7 July 8pm – SOLD OUT

Event 70. Sat 9 July 11am - Close to Selling out

Event 72. Sat 9 July 8pm - SOLD OUT

If you've any queries call the Box Office on 00353 (0)27 52788 | westcorkmusic@eircom.net

The Winners of the 9th West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition have been announced

Posted on: Friday, 15th April 2016 @ 4:17pm

The four winning composers are:

Shell Dooley for her score Hotel Del Salto, Victoria  Johnston for her score TransienceTommy Grace for his score changes, variances, mutations and Robert  Coleman Phantasm.

The selected works will be premiered at the 2016 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival (1 - 9 July) as well as being presented at the Festival’s Young Composers Forum, directed by Deirdre Gribbin, on Saturday 2 July. Each winning composer will be awarded a bursary of €500. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 4, 5, 6 and 8 July

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition is supported by IMRO. 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT THE WEST CORK LITERARY AND CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVALS

Posted on: Thursday, 10th March 2016 @ 10:54am

West Cork Music is delighted to offer two Internships in Festival Production and Coordination for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the West Cork Literary Festival.

The Festival’s Programme Coordination Intern is responsible for providing hands-on support to the West Cork Music team that runs these festivals. West Cork Music will contribute towards the interns living expenses for the duration of their internship. Please click here to download the Job Description. This position focuses specifically on event management with a wide range of activities. Internship duration:  The position will commence in May and conclude in late July.

The Festival’s Programme Production Intern is responsible for providing hands-on support to the Production Manager. This position focuses specifically on event management – venue setup, maintaining and takedown as well as overall event production. Please click here to download the Job Description. Internship duration:  The position will commence on the June 29th and finish on the 10th July

To apply for the above listed positions , please submit a cover letter, along with a CV to Maeve Murphy, Festival Administrator to maevewcm[at]eircom.net On the subject line of the e-mail please indicate which internship you are applying for. 

Deadline is 4th April 2016

Demand for tickets for the 2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Monday, 07th March 2016 @ 1:54pm

As the Silver Friends booking period draws to an end with General Booking opening at the end of the month, some concerts are already close to selling out. So if you’re thinking of joining us in Bantry this Summer, don’t put it off any longer and get your booking form into us now so that we have it in line for when General Booking opens on 21st March.

Please take note of the following seating availability for the 2016 Chamber Music Festival

Super Seats have Sold out for most concerts

Event 28. Mon 4 Jul 4pm – Cat 1 seats low 
Event 33. Tue 5 July 11am - Cat 1 seats low
Event 40. Tue 5 July 8pm - Cat 1 seats low
Event 50. Wed 6th July 8pm – Cat 1 nearly sold out
Event 53. Thur 7th July 11am - Cat 1 nearly sold out
Event 59. Thur 7th July 8pm – Cat 1, Cat 2 sold out - Only Cat 3 seats left

If you have sent in your Booking Form already for General Booking, we will be in touch if we can’t accommodate your seating preferences outlined in your form.

It looks like we’ll be breaking box office records this year so don’t be left disappointed and send in your booking form today. If you've any queries call the Box Office on 00353 (0)27 52788 | westcorkmusic@eircom.net

Take a look back on footage from our 2015 festival and come join us in July 2016

Posted on: Monday, 25th January 2016 @ 12:53pm

Take a look below at some fabulous footage from our 2015 festival to whet your appetites for our 21st Chamber Music Festival - Friday 1st to Saturday 9th July 2016.
Get a taster of the incredible atmosphere, music, exhibitions, venues and landscape. And come to Bantry, West Cork, Ireland in July to experience this unique event for yourself!

 

 

Priority Booking for Gold Friends opens tomorrow 26th January.

With concerts selling out weeks before the Festival in 2015, becoming a Gold Friend gives you the breathing space to choose the seats you want along with a range of other benefits such as:

• Invitations to exclusive Friends & Artists receptions during the 2016 Festival
• Acknowledgement in the Festival Programme and on the West Cork Music website
• Complimentary copy of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme
• Complimentary pair of tickets to attend one Late Night Concert during the 2016 Festival (booking required)
• Priority booking for West Cork Literary Festival & Masters of Tradition Festival

Call the office today for more information or click here to fill out the 2016 booking form.


 

2016 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Brochure

Posted on: Monday, 18th January 2016 @ 12:43pm

West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to announce that  our 2016 Brochure has gone to print and will be distributed to all our Friends and Festval goers in the coming weeks.

A stellar line-up of International and Irish artists will descend on Bantry to take part in over 72 concerts and events. Artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Elina Vähälä, Cédric Tiberghien, Pieter Wispelwey, Lawrence Power, Lilli Maijala, Nurit Stark, Chiaroscuro Quartet,  Kelemen Quartet, Borusan Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Mairead Hickey, Maria Keohane, Carolyn Sampson, Mark Padmore, Anna Reinhold, Tamar Baraia, Julius Drake, Cédric Pescia and the Baroque ensemble  Concerto Copenhagen.

Click here to download the brochure or view it online here.

Click HERE to download the 2016 booking form. 

 

 

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016 Programme Announced

Posted on: Friday, 18th December 2015 @ 4:07pm

West Cork Music is delighted to announce details of the full programme for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Opening in Bantry House on the 1st July 2016, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival presents 9 days and nights of music making in Bantry, Co.Cork, Ireland.

A stellar line-up of International and Irish artists will descend on Bantry to take part in over 72 concerts and events. Artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Elina Vähälä, Cédric Tiberghien, Pieter Wispelwey, Lawrence Power , Lilli Maijala, Nurit Stark, Chiaroscuro Quartet,  Kelemen Quartet, Borusan Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Mairead Hickey, Maria Keohane, Carolyn Sampson, Mark Padmore, Anna Reinhold, Tamar Baraia, Julius Drake, Cédric Pescia and the Baroque ensemble  Concerto Copenhagen

For full details of the Festival Programme click here.

Each year sees the Festival breaks more box office records as the demand for tickets becomes ever more insatiable so we are delighted to be able to offer 8 weeks Priority Booking to our Gold Friends and4 weeks to our Silver Friends. We hate to disappoint our regular audience so we would urge you to join one of our subscription schemes to ensure you are able to book good seats. We fully expect the surge in demand for tickets to continue so we recommend early booking.

GOLD FRIEND’s get 8 weeks priority bookings and SILVER Friend’s get 4 weeks. To find out how to become a GOLD or SILVER FRIEND click here.
General Booking opens Tuesday 22 March 2016

[photo: Phil Pound]

EXPERIENCE MORE AND BECOME A FRIEND OF WEST CORK MUSIC

Posted on: Wednesday, 25th November 2015 @ 4:11pm

Friends of West Cork Music are at the heart of our growth and we regard them as crucial to the development of West Cork Music’s schedule of festivals and education events.

Our Friends secure our Future! By joining us as a or Friend you will be directly funding the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which in turn helps us continue to deliver world class music for all to enjoy. AND you can become a Donor in support of a particular festival - your donation will allow a tax rebate worth 31% to West Cork Music.
We gratefully acknowledge all forms of support with Special Listings in the relevant Festival Programme and website [optional].
Download the Friends Booking Form HERE.

The Chamber Music Festival Programme will be announced before Christmas and the Literary Festival Workshops will be announced and aviable for booking online before Christmas also. Please check back soon.

For Further Information get in touch +353 (0)27 52788 westcorkmusic[at]eircom.net

Silver Friends Membership €170
Dual Silver Membership €210

  • 4 weeks priority booking for 2 people for the
  • West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016 [opens Tue 23 Feb]
  • Invitations to Friends & Artists receptions during the Festival
  • Complimentary Festival Programme

Gold Friend €270
Dual GoalMembership ª320

Enjoy all the benefits of being a Silver Friend PLUS:

  • 8 weeks priority booking for 2 people for 2016
  • West Cork Chamber Music Festival [opens Tue 26 Jan]
  • Complimentary pair of tickets to attend one Late
  • Night Concert during the 2016 Festival [booking required]
  • Priority booking for the Literary & Masters of Tradition Festivals


West Cork Literary Festival Friend €100
2 weeks priority booking

Masters of Tradition Friend €100
2 weeks priority booking

Young Musician Sponsor €100

Join West Cork Music in helping promote the  professional development of our Young Musicians.
Gift Membership A Gift Membership is the ideal present for musiclovers!

CALL FOR SCORES West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016 Composition Competition

Posted on: Monday, 09th November 2015 @ 12:26pm

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016 
Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers Call for Scores

Works chosen will be performed at the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival
1 – 4 July 2016

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2016 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2016.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and two nights B&B at the Festival. They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the Festival on Saturday 2nd July, which will be directed by an international Composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s masterclass programme. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 4, 5, 6 and 8 July.

Scores must be submitted to West Cork Music by 7 March 2016. Scores must be submitted electronically.

Address for submission:

Clodagh Whelan
West Cork Music,
Coomkeen,
Durrus,
Bantry,
Cork

Email: clodaghwcm[at]eircom.net

For more details and Terms and Conditions please click here.

Music In Schools in November - Benyounes Quartet

Posted on: Wednesday, 04th November 2015 @ 10:10am

Winners of the 2012 Ist International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and 2nd prize winners at the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition, the Benyounes Quartet is one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets in Britain.

Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship, funding their studies with Professor Gabor Takacs–Nagy at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve. Here they won the conservatoire’s most esteemed Prix d’Exellence.

The Benyounes Quartet will be offering two options - the Meet Papa Haydn workshop for primary schools and a full day timeline concert/Haiku composition workshop for secondary schools.

4 spaces have become available on Tuesday 17th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November. Please email sarawcm[at]eircom.net for more details if you'd be interested in a workshop at your school.

Tuning-Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.  Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon. For more information on Tuning - Up click here.

 

 

Ortús Chamber Music Festival - A new music festival taking place in February 2016, County Cork

Posted on: Tuesday, 13th October 2015 @ 12:36pm

A fresh new chamber music festival takes place February 2016 in County Cork - Ortús Chamber Music Festival.

Every Artist performing at the Festival has taken part in our West Cork Chamber Music Festival Masterclass Programme. It’s so refreshing to see young musicians coming together to showcase their talent by creating this Festival. We wish them the best of luck with this new venture.

Co-founded by Artistic Directors Mairéad Hickey and Sinéad O’Halloran, the Ortús Chamber Music Festival aims to create an exciting new performance platform for young Irish musicians. Dispersed across the globe to further their musical education, Ireland’s top young musicians will return home for concerts, educational work and audience development in the wider community. Celebrating creativity and youth, Ortús seeks to highlight the musical ability and innovation of young Irish musicians and composers.

Musicians taking part are:
Mairéad Hickey, Siobhán Doyle (violins), Martin Moriarty, Ed Creedon (violas), Sinéad O’Halloran, Christopher Ellis (cello)

Concert Listings:

YOUGHAL: The Mall Arts Centre
8pm Friday 26th February 2016

Jean-Baptiste Barrière Sonata for 2 Cellos No. 10 in G major
Franz Schubert String Trio in B Flat major, D851
Sam Perkin  “Pause” (in commemoration of the 1916 Rising) (World Premiere)
Antonín Dvořák String Sextet in A major, Op.48

CORK CITY: Aula Maxima, University College Cork
8pm Saturday 27th February 2016

Wilhem Friedemann Bach Duet for 2 Violas No. 3 in G minor, F.62
Ernő Dohnányi Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op.10
Alfred Schnittke Moz-Art for 2 Violins
Wolfgang A. Mozart Grande Sestetto Concertante (after Sinfonia Concertante K364)

COBH: Sirius Arts Centre
3pm Sunday 28th February

Ludwig van Beethoven Serenade for String Trio in D major, Op. 8
Zoltán Kodály Intermezzo for String Trio
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  Souvenir de Florence, Op.70

West Cork Chamber Music Festival Concerts Broadcast Worldwide to Millions

Posted on: Tuesday, 06th October 2015 @ 12:51pm

During the 9 days of concerts in Bantry for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, you might have spotted our Media partner RTÉ lyric fm’s Van parked up outside Concert Venues or Ma Murphy’s, but more so outside concert venues.

While our audience settle into their seats before all of our concerts, RTÉ lyric fm’s team work behind the scenes making sure everything is in order for the airwaves, from when the first key is touched on the piano or bow brushed off a string as ALL of our concerts are recorded for both live and deferred transmission within Ireland and throughout the world by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

For the 2015 Chamber Music Festival six concerts were offered to the EBU for inclusion in the Euroradio Summer Festivals which greatly extends the audience reach for the output of the festival. Israel, Japan, Tunisia, United States and Australia took up the concert offers reaching an audience of 50 million. Concerts broadcast on RTE lyric fm nationally reached approx 30,000 listeners which is about 150 times the potential ticketed audience at a concert on any evening.

Countries that took up live broadcasts from Bantry were Austria, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Spain, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Romania, Russia.

So next time you’re sitting in on one of our concert, think that there are thousands of people from all over the world, joining you from their homes, or cars, to listen to the wonderful music that’s performed in the beautiful seaside town of Bantry in the South West of Ireland.

Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet visit County Cork schools from 5th October

Posted on: Tuesday, 29th September 2015 @ 11:15am

Cork County Council’s Tuning Up programme is now well underway and students from County Cork schools are looking ahead to a week of workshops with the Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet.

From Monday 5 to Friday 9 October, schools from Youghal to Castletownbere will be welcoming the workshop Bach and the Birds, which includes music written for the recorder spanning over 600 years, from the 15th to the 21st century.  There will also be several new pieces written especially for the group. Works by the Baroque masters Bach and Vivaldi are presented alongside new music inspired by bird and animal sounds. In Chiel Meijering’s work Sitting Ducks, the four recorder players are transformed into easy targets, surrounded by quarrelling, musical gun shots and lots of drama. An exciting conversation is built up using just the sounds coming from the instruments. In Gus Haverkate’s Smoking Guns, the students will be taken on a whirlwind tour of the Wild West, where they will meet cowboys, horses, runaway trains and bandits. Throughout the concert, the students will get the chance to hear and see many different sizes of recorders at close range, in an exciting, choreographed presentation. The aim is to leave the listeners full of curiosity and inspiration, and to give them a long-lasting joy of live music.

Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet is a dynamic group of young, virtuoso recorder players who share a common interest in performing and promoting both very old and very new music for their instrument. They met while studying together at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music and soon realised that they were well suited both as friends and fellow chamber musicians. All four members have gained recognition on an international level and have been performing and touring with some of Europe’s leading Baroque and contemporary music ensembles. As well as focusing on original and arranged 17th and 18th century repertoire for the recorder, the Woodpecker girls are collaborating with several young, talented composers to produce new music for the group. With Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Irish backgrounds, each member of Woodpeckers has something unique to offer and their programmes often include aspects of the folk repertoire from each of their respective countries.

Tuning Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music. It is part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. The Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet project is also generously supported by Kulturrådet and the Helge Axelsson Johnson Foundation.

The first Tuning Up project was the London Chamber Brass Quintet’s Journey Across America which was presented at eleven schools across the county in late September. The next week of workshops will be in late November when the Benyounes Quartet visit primary and secondary schools in Kanturk, Millstreet, Ballincollig, Midleton and Glounthane. This particular project is also generously supported by the Ireland Funds.

All three Tuning Up projects are generously supported by Cork County Council and part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
For more information on Tuning Up, contact West Cork Music on 027 52788.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival on BBC Radio 3

Posted on: Tuesday, 22nd September 2015 @ 8:32am

Tune in to BBC Radio 3 at 1pm from Tuesday 22nd September to Friday 25th September and listen back to music performed at the 2015 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry, County Cork in the south west tip of Ireland.The following concerts will be broadcast as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunch Time Concert Series. You will be able to listen online here.

Tuesday 22 September, 1-2pm

Ravel: Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
Katharine Dain (Soprano), Philippe Bernold & Fiona Kelly (flutes), Romain Guyot & Mathias Kjøller (clarinets), Anna Tilbrook (piano), Vanbrugh Quartet - Gregory Ellis & Keith Pascoe (violins), Simon Aspell (viola) and Christopher Marwood (cello).

Janácek: Mládí
Philippe Bernold (flute/piccolo), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Mathias Kjøller (bass clarinet), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Adès: Arcadiana
Signum Quartet
Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins); Xandi van Dijk (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello)


Wednesday 23 September, 1-2pm

Beethoven: Serenade in D major Op.25
Philippe Bernold (flute), Chloë Hanslip (violin), Lilli Maijala (viola)

Borodin: Quartet No.2 in D major
Borodin Quartet – Ruben Aharonian and Sergey Lamovsky (violins); Igor Naidin (viola); Vladimir Balshin (cello)


Thursday 24 September, 1-2pm

Ligeti: Six Bagatelles
Philippe Bernold (flute), Gareth Hulse (oboe), Romain Guyot (clarinet), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Mozart: String Quintet in E flat K.614
Signum Quartet, - Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins); Xandi van Dijk (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello)
With Lilli Maijala (viola)

Wilson: Sonàid béaloidis WORLD PREMIERE
Alina Ibragimova (solo violin)


Friday 25 September, 1-2pm

Brahms: Serenade in D major Op.11 (arr. for nonet by Alan Boustead)
Chloë Hanslip (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), David Cohen (cello), Niek de Groot (bass), Philippe Bernold (flute), Romain Guyot & Mathias Kjøller (clarinets), Hervé Joulain (horn), Peter Whelan (bassoon)

Webern: Langsamer Satz
Cremona Quartet – Cristiano Gualco and Paolo Andreoli (violins), Simone Gramalgia (viola) and Giovanni Scaglione (cello)

London Chamber Brass Quintet opens the 2015 season of Tuning Up workshops

Posted on: Monday, 21st September 2015 @ 1:34pm

It doesn't seem long ago that County Cork schools were treated to a week of workshops with the fantastic London Chamber Brass Quintet. Teachers and pupils alike were unanimous in their praise of the five young brass musicians who brought an hour of fun and exciting music to each school, courtesy of two trumpets, trombone, french horn and tuba.

The summer has flown by and they are now back for another eleven workshops next  week.

The lucky schools welcoming the Quintet next week are:
Berring NS, St Mary's Secondary School in Mallow, St Mary's Senior School in Dunmanway, Ballymoney NS in Ballineen, Star of the Sea Primary School in Passage West, Scoil Barra Naofa in Monkstown, St Luke's in Douglas, Scoil Bhríde in Bandon, Scoil na nÓg in Glanmire, Riverstown NS and St Mary's NS in Cobh.

We have almost scheduled the next Tuning Up project - the Woodpeckers Recorder Quartet. It runs from 5 - 9 October and will be followed by a week of workshops with the Benyounes Quartet from 16 - 20 November.

Tuning Up is part of Cork County Council's Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music. Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. It is also part funded by the Ireland Funds. The Woodpecker Recorder Quartet project is also supported by the Helge Axelsson Johnson Foundation and Kulturrådet.

We’re Recruiting

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th August 2015 @ 12:04pm

West Cork Music is seeking a talented and committed individual with a passion for music to act as Programme Coordinator.

The main role of the Programme Coordinator will be to work with the CEO in the programming, scheduling and management of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Further responsibilities will include the extensive reporting and application requirements of multiple funding bodies and the development of the West Cork Music archive.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival consists of nearly 70 events over nine days including 38 concerts featuring major international artists, masterclasses, an exhibition by instrument makers, interviews and talks. West Cork Music also promotes the West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition.

Applicants for this post should have their own transport, a full driving licence and be prepared to be based in West Cork. The initial contract will be for two years with a three-month probationary period. Remuneration will be according to qualifications and experience.

Closing date for applications is 11 September 2015 5.00pm

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with Festival Director in creating fresh and original festival programmes
  • Manage the logistics of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Masters of Tradition
  • Liaise with agents and musicians on contracts
  • Manage the Festival’s Composition Competition
  • Research, prepare and edit on-line content
  • Contribute to and utilise the on-line archive of audio resources
  • Liaise with CEO and Festival team in meeting multiple deadlines
  • Monitor and provide evaluation and documentation of events
  • Attend production meetings in line with the needs of the Festivals

The following qualifications are necessary:

  • Third-level qualification in music
  • Knowledge of the core chamber music repertoire
  • Relevant experience in the classical music business
  • Proficiency in managing spreadsheets and contracts
  • Ability to work to multiple deadlines while part of a team

Applicants should submit a detailed current CV with a cover letter on their interest in chamber music

Applications by e-mail to coomkeen(at)eircom.net.

Cork County Council and West Cork Music bring Music into Schools throughout Cork County this Autumn

Posted on: Tuesday, 25th August 2015 @ 11:48am

Some of the finest Irish performers of classical and contemporary music will be giving workshops in schools throughout County Cork this autumn.

A brass quintet, string quartet and recorder quartet will be bringing music into classrooms throughout West, North and East Cork. This project, Tuning-Up, is Cork County Council’s Music in Schools programme. It is part funded by the Arts Council and managed by West Cork Music.

From 21 – 25 September, the London Chamber Brass Quintet will return with a workshop designed to inform, entertain and showcase the energy and lyrical beauty of live brass music. This talented ensemble has played with the English National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in West End shows, such as Phantom of the Opera. In this informal, entertaining and educational workshop, the instruments of the brass quintet will be demonstrated and the students will be treated to a tour of America taking in such popular pieces of music as Amazing Grace, I Wanna Be Like You, two pieces from West Side Story  and New York, New York.

From 4 – 9 October, the Woodpecker Recorder Quartet will present their workshop Bach and the Birds to County Cork schools. The quartet is led by Irish-born but Copenhagen-based Kate Hearne, a leading baroque musician who has performed at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival on many occasions. With  Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Irish backgrounds, each member of Woodpeckers has something unique to offer and their programmes often include aspects of the folk repertoire from each of their respective countries.

From 10 – 20 November, the Benyounes Quartet will offer two options to County Cork students. Meet Papa Haydn is a workshop for primary schools while secondary school pupils will have the opportunity to experience a Timeline concert and a Haiku Composition workshop. The Benyounes Quartet is one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets in Britain and this will be the second time they will have participated in Tuning Up.

Schools in County Cork will be notified of these workshops and the closing date for applications is Monday 7th September.

 

For more details on Tuning Up click here.

RTÉ lyric fm Broadcasts from the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Monday, 10th August 2015 @ 12:35pm

Tune into The Lyric Concert with Paul Herriott on RTÉ lyric fm at 8pm on Wednesday 19th and 26th August and bring yourself back to Bantry Bay when the sun made an appearance and music was flowing through the town for the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival. 

Wednesday 19th August broadcast features 2 concerts from the 27th June, Full details below.

Arcangelo with Alina Ibragimova [violin]
Bach Violin Concerto in G minor BWV 1056
Telemann Sinfonia Spirituosa
Bach Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Muffat Passacaglia from Armonico Tributo Sonata No.5
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041

Signum Quartet 
Kerstin Dill, Annette Walther [violin's], Xandi van Dijk [Viola], Thomas Schmitz [Violoncello]
Mozart Adagio and Fugue K.546
Mozart Quartet in B flat K.458 ‘Hunt Quartet’
Widmann Quartet No.3 'Hunt Quartet'

Wednesday 26th August broadcast features highlights from the 28th, 30th June

David Cohen [cello]
J.S Bach Suite for solo cello in G major, Suite for solo cello in D minor
Cassadó Suite for solo cello

Philippe Bernold [flute], Zara Benyounes [violin], Kim Vaughan [cello]
Haydn Flute Trio in D Major Op.100/6

Alina Ibragimova, Liana Gourdija [violins], Brett Dean, Maxim Rysanov [violas], David Cohen, Natalie Clein [cellos], Niek de Groot [bass]
Tabakova Such different paths for string septet (2008)

Vanbrugh Quartet, Romain Guyot [bass clarinet]
Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major K.581

Listen Live here on the night.

 

THANK YOU

Posted on: Thursday, 23rd July 2015 @ 2:39pm

On behalf of all the festival team, we would like to THANK YOU, the Volunteers, Audience, Artists, Supporters, Sponsors and Community so much for making the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival such a fantastic 9 days.
The positive feedback from our audience has been overwhelming. To everyone who helped, supported and played a part in making this year's festival so memorable we are so grateful and thankful to you all. We were blown away by the Local, National and International audience that descended upon Bantry and created a magical musical hub of activity that flourished.
A Massive ‘Thank You’ to all the Volunteers who worked the Festival, we are so lucky, and grateful that you choose to give your time to help out the Festival.


We’d like to thank the sponsors and supporters of our festival.
These are the companies, groups and organizations that give us money, supplies, food and other types of help in order to allow us to stretch our limited budget and resources to their maximum.
We hope to Welcome you all back in 2016. Come back in 2016 to celebrate our 21st Birthday from 1st – 9th July.

Artist Cancellation

Posted on: Monday, 22nd June 2015 @ 7:15am

Due to a family emergency, Alexander Melnikov has reluctantly had to withdraw from the Festival. His place has been taken by José Gallardo, whom many Festival regulars will remember from last year.

Concerts effected are: 

17. Main Evening Concert Sun 28 June 2015 20:00
35. Late Night Concert Tue 30 June 2015 22:30
44. Late Night Concert Wed 1 July 2015 22:30
51. Crespo Series Thu 2 July 2015 16:00
52. Main Evening Concert Thu 2 July 2015 20:00

West Cork Music apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment. Should those who have tickets for these events wish to change their tickets for another concert, they should ring the box office on +353 (0) 27 52788.

Artist Cancellation

Posted on: Tuesday, 16th June 2015 @ 3:16pm

Due to ill health James Gilchrist has had to pull out of this year's West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Tenor Joshua Ellicott will replace James in all performances. Ellicott represents an extraordinary talent, effortlessly crossing genre from Song to Opera to Concert repertoire with his sweet-toned, flexible yet powerful, lyric tenor voice and we look forward to welcoming him to Bantry and the Festival.

Concerts effected are:

Wednesday 1 July Event 38 11:00 Coffee Concert

Thursday 2 July Event 52  20:00 Main Evening Concert

Friday 3 July Event 56 11:00 Coffee Concert

Friday 3 July Event 60 16:00 Crespo Series

West Cork Music apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment. Should those who have tickets for these events wish to change their tickets for another concert, they should ring the box office on +353 (0) 27 52788.

An International Exhibition of Fine Contemporary Violin & Bow Making

Posted on: Monday, 25th May 2015 @ 9:51am

Joining us again this year we have An International Exhibition of Fine Contemporary Violin & Bow Making

This exhibition of new instruments and bows will run throughout the Festival in The Old Cinema, Wolfe Tone Square. There will be opportunities to observe and discuss the unique skills of this group of craftsmen whose work is recognised and appreciated internationally. The instruments will be played by performers from the Festival and will be available to be tried.
An instrument and bow maintenance service will be available for the duration of the festival.

Featuring Violin makers: 
Youenn Bothorel, Bertrand Galen, Michiel de Hoog, Conor Russell & Graham Wright (Ireland), Neil Ertz (Scotland) &
Jeremie Legrand  (France) Francis Kuttner (USA)
Bow makers :
Noel Burke, Robert Pierce (Ireland).
Emmanuel Carlier, Eric Grandchamp & Stephane Thomachot (France) & Rüdiger Pfau ( Germany)

For more details on this exhibition click here.

Love Letters - Love, lust and lamentations in 17th century - Updated programme for Event 29

Posted on: Thursday, 21st May 2015 @ 3:15pm

Festival favourite Maria Keohane and lute virtuoso Mike Fentross have created a programme around Monteverdi’s famous Lettera Amorosa presenting the age-old tales of  love through some of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching and sensual music that survive from this fascinating period in musical history. The love story composers apart from the great Claudio Monteverdi will be Barbara Strozzi, Sigismondo d’India, Tarquinio Merula, Bellerofonte Castaldi, Francesco Rasi with chitaronne interludes by Alessandro Piccinini and Giovanni Kapsberger.

Seven Concerts have already sold out with the Festival just over a month away, so don't hesitate to book your tickets online here or call the office on 00353 (0)27 52788.

The Winners of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition have been announced

Posted on: Wednesday, 15th April 2015 @ 4:14pm

The four winning composers are Robert Coleman for his score 'Monster', Peter Leavy for his score 'Kintsukuroi', Finola Merivale for her score 'The Language of Mountains is Rain' and Amy Rooney  for her score 'Viscosity for String Quartet'.

The selected works will be premiered at the 2015 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Friday 26 June-Saturday 4 July) as well as being presented at the Festival’s Young Composers Forum, directed by Finnish Composer Sebastian Fagerlund, on Saturday 27 June. Each winning composer will be awarded a bursary of €500. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 30 June and 1, 2 and 3 July

For full details please click here.

General Booking opens for this summer’s 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Tuesday, 24th March 2015 @ 7:31pm

Please take note that we have had an unprecedented  number of bookings from Gold and Silver Friends during their priority booking periods. As a result there are no Cat 1 seats left for the following concerts:
Opening Concert, Saturday 27 June Main Eve, Sunday 28 Main Eve, Monday 29 Crespo Series, Monday 29 Main Eve, Tuesday 30 Main Eve, Wednesday 1st Main Eve
There are also only Cat 3 seats left for Tuesday 30 Main Eve.

Last year  a number of concerts sold out months before the Festival started. Judging by this year’s box office activity it looks like we will sell out again. So be sure to book your tickets sooner rather than later.
View full programme and book your tickets online here.

General Booking Opens 23rd March and West Cork Comes to Dublin on 28th March

Posted on: Wednesday, 18th March 2015 @ 10:49am

General Booking opens next Monday, 23rd March, for this summer's 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Please take note that we have had an unprecedented  number of bookings from Gold and Silver Friends during their priority booking periods and so it would be a good idea to book as soon as you can.

And don't forget - Saturday 28th March, the Festival will be launched in Dublin at the first West Cork Comes to Dublin day in the National Concert Hall. 

 

For our anniversary festival we are working with local West Cork restaurants to ensure that there will be at least one restaurant open late each night of the festival. We will also be including details of local restaurants in this year's programme so that the festival experience will be even better for our visitors this summer.

We hope to see you in Bantry for this special 20th Festival and look forward to meeting some of our supporters at the National Concert Hall on the 28th March.

Programme Changes

Posted on: Monday, 23rd February 2015 @ 1:20pm

Changes in the 2015 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme and Brochure 

Changes in the printed Brochure:
Event 21. Coffee Concert – the Baroque experts might have noticed that the Vivaldi Cello concerto in D minor RV 565 should actually be RV 406

Event 33. Maxim Rysanov replaces Lilli Maijala in the Tabakova Such Different Paths.

View full programme here.

Silver Friends Booking opens Monday 23rd February

Posted on: Wednesday, 18th February 2015 @ 1:53pm

We would like to remind you that the Priority Booking period currently open exclusively to Gold Friends will be extended to include Silver Friends on Monday 23rd February.

We expect  booking to be very busy from then on and so would advise you to make your bookings within the next four days if you have not already done so. It is of course possible for Gold Friends to make their bookings at any time between now and the Festival but we do expect a number of concerts to sell out in advance and in order to secure the best seats available, early booking is necessary.

Call the office today for (+353 (0) 27 52788) more information or click here to fill out the 2015 booking form.

Accommodation can be difficult to find as the Festival draws nearer so we will keep you posted on special festival offers here.

West Cork Comes to Dublin

Posted on: Tuesday, 03rd February 2015 @ 3:38pm

 

 

 

 

The 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme details are now available to view online - see our brochure here or check out our online details here. Booking is open to our Gold Friends now, to our Silver Friends 23rd February and to everyone 23rd March.

To celebrate our 20th Festival, we’re taking the Festival on the road and giving Dublin a taste of what one day at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry is like.

Presented by the National Concert Hall and in association with West Cork Music, we’re staging a full day of concerts featuring award-winning cellist Natalie Clein, violinist Henning Kraggerud and violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, and the Artis and Vanbrugh Quartets. We also have a special Young Musician's concert with violinist Mairead Hickey and pianist Gary Beecher.

The day begins with a unique arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of the 11am Coffee Concert;  other highlights include Saint-Saën’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28, Mozart’s String Quintet in D.K593 and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet.

It’s going to be a really special day. Book your tickets online through the National Concert Hall's website here.

Presented by the National Concert Hall in association with West Cork Music.

Priority Booking for Gold Friends opens today

Posted on: Monday, 26th January 2015 @ 9:26am

West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to announce that Priority Booking for Gold Friends opens today.

The 20th Edition of the Festival has a stellar line-up of International artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Liana Gourdjia, Lilli Maijala, Brett Dean , Natalie Clein, Marc Coppey, Barry Douglas, Alexander Melnikov, Peter Laul, Hervé Joulain, Philippe Bernold, Peter Whelan, Romain Guyot, Cremona Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, Signum Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Borodin Quartet, Claire Booth, James Gilchrist, Maria Keohane and the Baroque ensemble  Arcangelo with Jonathan Cohen.

With concerts selling out weeks before the Festival in 2014, becoming a Gold Friend gives you the breathing space to choose the seats you want along with a range of other benefits such as:

• Invitations to exclusive Friends & Artists receptions during the 2015 Festival
• Acknowledgement in the Festival Programme and on the West Cork Music website
• Complimentary copy of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme
• Complimentary pair of tickets to attend one Late Night Concert during the 2015 Festival (booking required)
• Priority booking for West Cork Literary Festival & Masters of Tradition Festival

Call the office today for more information or click here to fill out the 2015 booking form.

Kim Sheehan and Redmond O’Toole present Voice and Guitar in our Tuning Up Workshops

Posted on: Friday, 23rd January 2015 @ 11:13am

Voice and guitar is perhaps the most popular and accessible musical format in history. Guitarist Redmond O’Toole and soprano Kim Sheehan present  this evergreen combination from a classical point of view and  explore its relevance to  the music of today.  They will introduce the songs with  light historical information about the composers, background stories and themes of each song

Workshops will take place in the following Primary Schools around County Cork:

Monday 26th January - St Joseph’s NS, Macroom

Wednesday 28th January - Kilbonane NS, Aherla

Thursday 29th  January - St Luke’s NS, Douglas

Friday 30th  January - St James NS, Durrus, Kilcrohane NS

Tuning-Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.  Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon. For more information on Tuning - Up click here.

 

 

 

Jean Kelly and Evelyn Grant present Music through the Ages in our Tuning Up Workshops

Posted on: Tuesday, 20th January 2015 @ 4:30pm

This workshop features flute and harp, two of the world’s oldest musical instruments, and will  trace the development of musical form across the centuries and demonstrate the development of both instruments.

The  harp, as well as being the national symbol of Ireland, is a fascinating instrument and how it is played could not be more different to the way sound is produced on the flute - an interesting ‘compare and contrast’, with two instruments that blend together so perfectly. 

Workshops will take place in the following Primary Schools around County Cork:

Monday 19th January - Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire, Rathpeacon

Tuesday 20th January - Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil & Riverstown NS, Glanmire

Wednesday 21st January - Millstreet Community School, Cloughduv NS, Crookstown

Thursday 22nd January - Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Scoil Eoin, Innishannon

Friday 23rd January - St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, St Mary’s Macroom

Tuning-Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.  Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon. For more information on Tuning - Up click here.

 

 

2015 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Announcements

Posted on: Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 @ 1:42pm

We are delighted to announce that the full programme for the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival is now available to view online.

Bantry will see and hear a stellar line-up of International artists such as Alina Ibragimova, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Liana Gourdjia, Lilli Maijala, Brett Dean , Natalie Clein, Marc Coppey, Barry Douglas, Alexander Melnikov, Peter Laul, Hervé Joulain, Philippe Bernold, Peter Whelan, Romain Guyot, Cremona Quartet, Vanbrugh Quartet, Signum Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Borodin Quartet, Claire Booth, James Gilchrist, Maria Keohane and the Baroque ensemble  Arcangelo with Jonathan Cohen.

There are plenty of Festival highlights to choose from with 9 days of music flowing through Bantry Bay from the 26 June - 4 July.

Gold Friends booking opens 26 January, Silver Friends opens 23 February and Online General Booking opens 23 March. Full details here.

Give someone the gift of becoming a Friend of the Festival

Posted on: Friday, 05th December 2014 @ 11:41am

A Christmas present with a difference! Give someone the gift of becoming a Friend of the Festival this Christmas & bring music into your loved one’s life.


Priority booking to all three of our festivals
Exclusive receptions
Complimentary Chamber Music programme
Complimentary tickets to a Late Night Concert


Literary and Masters of Tradition sponsorship is also available. Find out more, and download the form, here: http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/support/support-us

Our Donors, Friends & Other Individual Supporters are acknowledged annually in our Festival Programme, and on our website here: http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/support/individual-corporate-supporters.

Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers Call for Scores 2015

Posted on: Thursday, 27th November 2014 @ 10:16am

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2015 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and two nights B&B at the Festival. They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the Festival on Saturday 27th June 2015, which will be directed by an international Composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s masterclass programme. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 30 June and 1, 2 and 3 July

Scores must be submitted to West Cork Music by 9 March 2015. Scores must be submitted electronically. For more details click here.

Address for submission: Maeve Murphy, West Cork Music: Email: pawcm[at]eircom.net

West Cork Chamber Music Festival on BBC Radio 3

Posted on: Thursday, 13th November 2014 @ 11:25am

Tune in to BBC Radio 3 at 1pm from Tuesday 18th November to Friday 21st November and join Sean Rafferty as he presents music performed at the 2014 West Cork chamber Music Festival, Bantry, County Cork in the south west tip of Ireland.

In 2015 the West Cork Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with 9 wonderful days packed with Chamber music from the 26th June – 4th July 2015. The Festival Programme will be announced mid December on our website here.

The following concerts will be broadcast as part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunch Time Concert Series. You will be able to listen online here.

Tuesday 18th November 2014 1pm
Moeran                Roving Dingle Boy
Barber                  Solitary Hotel   
Barber                  Nuvoletta                                                                                          
Ailish Tynan (soprano), Joseph Middleton (soprano)

Zarębski Piano Quintet in G minor Op.34                            
Danish String Quartet, Philippe Cassard (piano)
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Wednesday 19th November 2014 1pm

Ian Wilson QUARTET NO.1 “Winter’s Edge”                                                       
Vanburgh Quartet

Dvořák Quartet No.13 in G major Op.106                                                           
Zemlinsky Quartet
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Thursday 20th November 2014 1pm

Schulhoff  Duo                                                                                                                
Gergana Gergova (violin), Alban Gerhardt (cello)

Mozart Clarinet Trio in E flat K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’                        
Julian Bliss (clarinet), Lise Berthaud (viola), Philippe Cassard (piano)

Silvestrov Post Scriptum                                                        
Nurit Stark (violin), Cédric Pescia (piano)
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Friday 21st November 2014 1pm

Mahler 5 Rückert Lieder                                                                                                            
Philippe Sly (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)                                                   

Schoenberg String Sextet Op.4 ‘Verklärte Nacht’                                           
Carolin Widmann, Alina Ibragimova (violins), Lawrence Power, Lise Berthaud (violas), Alban Gerhardt, Andreas Brantelid (cellos)

 

Painting Pictures with Music - Benyounes Quartet

Posted on: Tuesday, 04th November 2014 @ 10:32am

The Benyounes Quartet presents Painting with Pictures, a workshop based around the vibrant and colourful music of Maurice Ravel that will be visiting Primary Schools around County Cork in November. 

Winners of the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition in Budapest and 2nd prize winners at the 2014 Orlando International String Quartet Competition, the Benyounes Quartet is one of the most engaging, dynamic and successful young quartets in Britain.

Formed in 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Benyounes Quartet went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship, funding their studies with Professor Gabor Takacs–Nagy at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve. Here they won the conservatoire’s most esteemed Prix d’Exellence.

They recently released their debut recording – Mozart Piano Concertos with pianist Jeremy Young on Meridian Records and are part of a collaborative recording of the complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn, released by Champs Hill

This interactive  workshop is based around the string quartet music by the French composer Maurice Ravel. This music is a vibrant, colourful and sensory work.

Ravel’s music was inspired by the impressionist paintings of Monet, and offers a wonderful starting point to explore the ways in which music can paint images or suggest a narrative.

Workshops will take place in the following Primary Schools around County Cork:

Monday 10 November - St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow
Tuesday 11 November - Colaiste an Phairsaigh, Glanmire
Wednesday 12 November - Gaelscoil Choráin, Youghal, Riverstown NS, Riverstown
Thursday 13 November - Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa, Castletownbere, Beara Community School
Friday 14 November - Kilcrohane NS, Carrigboy NS, Durrus.

Tuning-Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.  Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon. For more information on Tuning - Up click here.

 

 

 

A Day at the Circus with London Chamber Brass Quintet

Posted on: Monday, 13th October 2014 @ 1:21pm

Kicking off today in Cobh we have The London Chamber Brass Quintet touring County Cork Schools with their workshop ‘A Day at the Circus with London Chamber Brass Quintet’. The workshops will run from October 13th to the 17th in schools around County Cork.

The London Chamber Brass Quintet is made up of professional brass musicians based in London. They perform regularly at the Royal Opera House and with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. They have performed worldwide with pop groups and in West End shows, such as Matilda the Musical and Phantom of the Opera.

In this informal, entertaining and educational workshop, all the instruments within the brass quintet will be demonstrated and a variety of pieces will be played in different styles.

The workshop opens with Julius Fucik’s Entry of the Gladiators which will show off many sounds that brass instruments can make and will grab everyone’s attention. The students are then asked how the musicians make a sound on their instruments. Each instrument will be introduced and then the next piece of music will played. 

Monday 13 October - Midleton CBS Primary School and St Mary’s NS, Cobh

Tuesday 14 October - Gaelscoil Mihchil Uí Choileain ( Clonakilty) and Drimoleague JNS

Wednesday 15 October - Millstreet Community School and St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

Thursday 16 October - Kilcoe NS and Derryclough NS, Drinagh

Friday 17 October - Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Gaelscoil Choráin and Bunscoil Mhuire, Youghal

Tuning-Up is part of Cork County Council’s Arts in Schools Programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.  Tuning Up is part funded by the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon. For more information on Tuning - Up click here.

TUNING-UP with Percussion in October

Posted on: Friday, 26th September 2014 @ 2:06pm

In October 2014 we have Alex Petcu and Clare O’Keeffe returning with their successful percussion workshops Bangers and Crash Percussion. 

These two fine young percussionists take to the stage to demonstrate a range of percussion instruments through performance. Students will discover the many uses for percussion by direct participation in various games and exercises. To finish, they will perform some popular tunes which reach the limitations of what’s physically possible to pay! 

They will be touring the length and breadth of the county giving workshops in the below schools.

Monday 6 October
St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow and Millstreet Community School, Millstreet

Tuesday 7 October
Gaelscoil Ui Drisceoil, Glanmire and Dunderrow NS, Kinsale

Wednesday 8 October
Scoil Chill Ruadhhain, Brooklodge and Riverstown NS, Riverstown, Glanmire

Thursday 9 October
Scoil Bhríde, Crossmahon, Bandon and St Mary’s Senior School, Dunmanway


Friday 10 October
Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig and Scoil na mBróilthre, Mitchelstown

A Cork County Council Arts in Schools service organised in partnership with West Cork Music

TUNING UP 2014-2015 SEASON

Posted on: Thursday, 11th September 2014 @ 10:51am

A Cork County Council Arts in Schools service organised in partnership with West Cork Music 

Tuning Up is a music-in-schools programme which aims to bring students face-to-face with the best Irish performers of the baroque, classical, modern and traditional repertoire.  Tuning Up complements the music curriculum at primary and post-primary level.  It is concerned wtih broadening the young person’s experience of music, encouraging a sense of exploration and engagement with music in a positive interactive environment. 

Tuning Up enables schools to apply for a workshop visit by a professional music ensemble such as a String Quartet, Brass or Wind Quintet, Baroque ensemble or traditional music group.  It gives young people an opportunity to experience live music performance at first hand, to learn about the various elements of music and how these combine to create a musical composition, to engage in discussion with musicians and to actively participate in a music performance. For more information on TUNING UP and West Cork Music's Education Programme click here.

The 2014-2015 Season Musicians have been announced.

October 2014 we have Alex Petcu and Clare O’Keeffe returning with their successful percussion workshops. In October we also have the London Chamber Brass Quintet.

In November we have the Benyounes Quartet who will also be performing at the 2015 Chamber Music Festival.

In January 2015 we have Evelyn Grant (flute) and Jean Kelly (harp) and also Redmond O'Toole (guitar) and Kim Sheehan (soprano).

APPLICATION PROCESS

A new programme is advertised on a periodic basis to all primary and secondary schools in Co. Cork
Due to limited availability, workshops are allocated to schools on a first-come, first-served basis.
Booking - West Cork Music, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork
Enquiries – Sara O’Donovan, West Cork Music: 027 52789 (Fax 027 52797) sarawcm[at]eircom.net

Barry Douglas returning to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Thursday, 14th August 2014 @ 4:15pm

We are delighted to announcethat Barry Douglas will be returning to Bantry for the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Barry was one of the very first musicians that took part in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival back in 1996, so to have him join us again for our 20th anniversary is something really special.
He has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Moscow.
Barry founded Camerata Ireland in 1999 to celebrate and nurture the cream of young Irish talent. The ensemble is made up of musicians from both Northern and the Republic of Ireland and has acquired a reputation for excellence. Camerata Ireland tours regularly throughout Europe, North and South America, and China.

He appears with Camerata Ireland performing Beethoven’s Complete Piano Concertos in Kilkenny Arts Festival on the 16th August. He is also Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival and will be appearing at this year’s Festival taking place from the 18th August. More details on his touring schedule here.

WEST CORK MUSIC AT THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

Posted on: Monday, 21st July 2014 @ 12:09pm

To celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2015, we’re making our mark on Dublin and staging a full day of concerts featuring award-winning cellist Natalie Clein, violinists Henning Kraggerud and Krzysztof Chorzelski, and the Artis and Vanbrugh Quartets. The day begins with a unique arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of the 11am coffee concert; other highlights include Saint-Saën’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28, Mozart’s String Quintet in D.K593 and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet.

Book online today through the National Concert Hall's Website here.

Read the full press release on the National Concert Hall's Chamber Music Programme here

Presented by the National Concert Hall in association with West Cork Music.

EUROPEAN PARTNER AT WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted on: Saturday, 28th June 2014 @ 9:27am

Giulia Buzzi and Valentina Pavesi come from Mantova, in the north of Italy; they work for the Chamber Orchestra of Mantova (OCM)

Founded in 1981, the OCM has been taken concerts all around Europe with solists and conductors like Gidon Kremer, Sol Gabetta, Alexander Lonquich, Katia and Marielle Labeque, Joshua Bell, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Giuliano Carmignola, Misha Maisky, Kent Nagano, Maria Joao Pires... and the unforgottable Severino Gazzelloni and Astor Piazzolla. 
In 1997, Italian musical critics awarded the Chamber Orchestra of Mantova Chamber Orchestra the “Franco Abbiati” prize for its “unique stylistic refinement and constant search for sound quality, which merges Italian instrumental tradition and classical repertoire”.
The Konzertmeister is Carlo Fabiano, who teaches Chamber Music in the specialized courses at the National Academy of St. Cecily in Rome.

Since 1993, with the acknowledgement of the Ministry of Culture and the support of public and private institutions, the OCM has held a very successful yearly season,Tempo d’Orchestra. Its concerts take place in the magnificent Bibiena Theatre in Mantova as well as in other venues within the territory.

Since 2013, the OCM organizes the Mantova Chamber Music Festival, an international meeting of musicians coming from all over the world to play together and to discuss the role of chamber music in the international panorama. Its aim is also to contribute in the relaunch the cultural tourism in Mantova.

The second edition of the event took place between Friday 30th of May and Monday 2nd of June 2014 and was held mainly in the Ducale  Palace of Mantova. The artistic excellence of watching and listening highlights the cultural experience of a more extensive public with more refined expression: chamber music.
Each day of the festival hosted non-stop brief musical performances that link together within the different halls of the Palazzo, along with excursions to other artistic city locations. An articulated itinerary of listening and touring was presented with different and innovative delights provoking a dialogue of various artistic forms and expressions such as music, fine art and architecture. These refined events are truly rare occasions that brings out the authentic spirit of making and enjoying chamber music in the same halls where chamber music was originally conceived in and composed for.

Thanks to the Call for Transnational Mobility of Regione Lombardia and Cariplo Foundation - dedicated to the development of an innovation project of business activities, designed and proposed by cultural and creative organizations - Giulia and Valentina are on work experience with West Cork Music, aimed to link the two chamber music festivals – Mantova and West Cork - and to exchange good practices in cultural organization, dissemination and tourism fields.

The project is coordinated by Pantacon, social enterprise for culture, settled in Mantova that promotes knowledge and new opportunities in cultural fields at the international level (santagnese10.wordpress.com).

 

 

 

Artist Changes – Main Evening Concert 30 June

Posted on: Friday, 27th June 2014 @ 9:52am

West Cork Music is very disappointed to have to announce that Allison Bell is indisposed and unfortunately had to cancel her performance in Event 27 in the Main Evening Concert on Monday 30 June at 20.00. 


Deirdre Gribbin - Island People and Anahorish will now be sung by Ann de Renais from Belgium


John Tavener To a Child Dancing in the Wind will be sung by Katharine Dain from Netherlands

West Cork Music apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment. Should those who have tickets for these events wish to change their tickets for another concert, they should ring the box office on +353 (0) 27 52788.

Live from West Cork

Posted on: Monday, 23rd June 2014 @ 5:51pm

Five concerts will be broadcast live from the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. So, if you can't make your way to Bantry this year, you have the opportunity to hear the action on RTÉ and via the European Broadcasting Union.

Last year we had 47 MILLION people listen from all over the world to our concerts with thanks to RTÉ lyric fm and the EBU.

MONDAY 30 JUNE – LIVE TO EBU

COFFEE CONCERT – ST BRENDAN’S CHURCH 11.00
Zemlinsky Quartet

Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor Op.44/2
Dvořák Quartet No.13 in G major Op.106
PRESENTED BY PAUL HERRIOTT

TUESDAY 1 JULY – LIVE TO EBU

MAIN EVENING CONCERT – BANTRY HOUSE 20.00 

Mozart Clarinet Trio in E flat K.498 ‘Kegelstatt Trio’
Julian Bliss, Lise Berthaud, Philippe Cassard
Silvestrov Post Scriptum
Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia
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Zarebski Piano Quintet in G minor Op.34
Danish String Quartet, Philippe Cassard
PRESENTED BY PAUL HERRIOTT

WEDNESDAY 2 JULY 

MAIN EVENING CONCERT – BANTRY HOUSE 20.00 
Jörg Widmann etudes I-III for solo violin Carolin Widmann
Schumann Piano Trio No.1 in D minor Op.63 Gergana Gergova, Andreas Brantelid, Cédric Tiberghien
*****
Dvořák Piano Quintet No.1 in A major Op.5 José Gallardo, Zemlinsky Quartet
PRESENTED BY EVELYN GRANT

THURSDAY 3 JULY – LIVE TO EBU

COFFEE CONCERT – ST BRENDAN’S CHURCH 11.00 * SOLD OUT

Vivaldi Combatta un gentil cor from Tito Manlio
             Concerto in D major for violin RV 212
             String Concerto RV 157
             Salve Regina RV 617
             Concerto in C minor for recorder RV 441
             Cantata - Sum in medio tempestatum RV 632

Maria Keohane, Ruby Hughes, Kate Hearne, Fredrik From, Sebastian Philpott, Concerto Copenhagen, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen
PRESENTED BY PAUL HERRIOTT

FRIDAY 4 JULY – LIVE TO EBU

MAIN EVENING CONCERT – BANTRY HOUSE 20.00
Wilson Quartet No.1 ‘Winter’s Edge’ Vanbrugh Quartet
Zemlinsky Quartet No.2 Op.15 Zemlinsky Quartet
*****
Schoenberg String Sextet Op.4 after a poem by Richard Dehmel ‘Verklärte Nacht’
Carolin Widmann, Alina Ibragimova, Lawrence Power, Lise Berthaud, Alban Gerhardt, Andreas Brantelid
PRESENTED BY PAUL HERRIOTT

 

Classical Minnesota Public Radio Broadcasting 2013 Festival Cocnerts

Posted on: Wednesday, 04th June 2014 @ 2:03pm

The 19th edition of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is just around the corner. With the help of our Media Partner RTÉ lyric fm and the European Broadcasting Union our concerts from previous festivals are broadcast internationally. Last year we had a listenership of 47 million! Astonishing really!

Classical Minnesota Public Radio will be broadcasting 2 concerts from last year’s Festival over the coming weeks. The first concert is airing tomorrow morning 5th June at 6am (Irish time) for you early birds featuring the Jupiter Quartet performing Wolf  Italian Serenade in G. This concert was recorded in St Brendan's Church on 29th June 2013.

On Thursday 26th June at 6am (Irish Time), just before the 2014 Festival starts, the second concert to be broadcast on Classical MPR will be from the 2nd July 2013 featuring Vadim Gluzman on violin performing Bach Chaconne in d, BWV 1004. This concert was recorded in the wonderful setting of Bantry House.
Both concerts were recorded by RTÉ lyric fm and distributed through the European Broadcasting Union.

Listen to the concerts here. Look for the "Listen to the Stream" link in the upper left.

 

Winners Announced: West Cork Chamber Music Festival / Contemporary Music Centre Composition Competit

Posted on: Thursday, 29th May 2014 @ 4:42pm

The winners of this year’s West Cork Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre Composition Competition 2014 have been announced, as follows:  Patrick Connolly for Extracts of music from the room next door, Sean Doherty for Arche, Christopher McAteer for Intaglio and Amy Rooney for Foreground Background.

The selected works will be premiered at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from Friday 27 June to Saturday 5 July, as well as being presented at the Festival’s Young Composers Forum, directed by Deirdre Gribbin, on Saturday 28 June at 11.30am and 2pm. The composer of each selected composition will be awarded a bursary of €500.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre has held a competition for young Irish composers for the last five years. Each year, works for chamber ensembles have been selected to be performed in concert during the Festival and as part of the Festival’s public workshop programme.  The competition has been a valuable opportunity for young composers to work with professional performers, to receive guidance from a leading composer and to hear their works performed. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition is supported by IMRO.

Full Press Release here.

          

Job Vacancy: Finance Manager

Posted on: Friday, 09th May 2014 @ 1:12pm

West Cork Music is seeking a suitably qualified Finance Manager (maternity cover). This role will include monitoring day to day activities, preparing financial and management information for executive management plus a responsibility for the financial aspect of numerous grant applications. This position also incorporates duties such as payroll manager, assisting with box office and responsibility for ensuring insurance compliance.

West Cork Music organises and promotes three major arts festivals in Bantry, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition. West Cork Music is funded by the Arts Council, the Culture Programme of the European Union, Failte Ireland and Cork County Council.

Details of all three Festivals are available on www.westcorkmusic.ie  Suitable candidates should email detailed curriculum vitae, relevant qualifications and names of referees to West Cork Music pawcm@eircom.net  Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 9 June.

Job description:

• Management of all the company's financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems
• Preparation and management of annual budget, project budgets and management accounts
• Ensuring compliance with all accounting, tax and legal requirements
• Ensuring that processes, systems and controls are operating effectively
• Creating, monitoring and interpreting cash flows
• Providing and interpreting financial information and reports as requested
• Management of the audit process and liaising with auditors
• Review and approve statements, transactions, reconciliations
• Cash management duties
• Developing and improving systems and controls on an on-going basis
• Assisting with various financial aspects of grant applications (local, national and European) and any related reporting processes
• Other duties – insurance, box office, payroll plus additional tasks of a financial, accounting and administrative nature delegated by the CEO.
• Role to commence Monday 21 July in West Cork Music office in Bantry
• Fixed term contract for 8 months, salary commensurate with qualifications

Qualifications:

• Experience of performing a similar role along with relevant third level qualifications
• In depth knowledge of accounting and financial principles as well as technical accounting skills
• Experience with dealing with national and European funding bodies, assisting with grant applications and reporting procedures a distinct advantage
• Strong attention to detail, analytical, good judgement making and logical decision maker
• Excellent written and verbal communicator
• Advanced Excel and computer literate – a knowledge of TASBooks or comparable software
• Experience working with a changing workload within tight deadlines
• Flexibility and openness to work.
• Full driving licence and own car

Ruby Hughes is shortlisted for 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award

Posted on: Wednesday, 16th April 2014 @ 9:32am

Ruby Hughes, who is appearing at this year's West Cork Chamber Music Festival, has been shortlisted for a 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in the Young Artist category.

The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom.

Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span - from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. This year's awards are for achievement in the UK during 2013. Winners will be announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 13 May, with a special ROS Music Awards programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 18 May at 2200.

Ruby Hughes studied at the Royal College of Music and won both First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 London Handel Singing Competition. She was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2011 and 2013 and holds a 2014 Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

Winners announced for the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition

Posted on: Tuesday, 15th April 2014 @ 3:36pm

West Cork Music in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre are delighted to announced the winners of the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition. The winners are Sean Doherty, Patrick Connolly, Christopher McAteer and Amy Rooney.

The composer of each selected work will receive a bursary of €500 and will be asked to attend a workshop at the Festival on Sunday 28th June 2014 where their piece will be played through by a group on the Festival’s masterclass programme. This will be followed by an informal public workshop between composer and performers led by composer Deirdre Gribbin. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 29 June and 1, 2 and 4 July.

More details on the winning composers and pieces will be announced shortly.

For details of previous competitions and winners, see Past Competition Winners 2008-2013.

Silver Friends Priority Booking Now Open

Posted on: Friday, 21st March 2014 @ 9:43am

The Silver Friends Priority Booking period for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival has now opened and so booking is now available for Gold and Silver friends. For more details on how to become a Gold or Silver friend, please click here.

For those who are not Gold or Silver friends, general booking opens on 14th April. Tickets are selling very quickly this year and so we would advise that you get your booking in as soon as possible after the 14th.

If you do not have a brochure and would like us to send you one, please email the office on sarawcm@eircom.net

Clíona Doris on returning to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Wednesday, 19th March 2014 @ 12:53pm

“Bantry House has had a long fascination for me, as one of my favourite and earliest childhood memories is whirling around exploring the wonderful Gardens. Now it is the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which continues to bring me back to the enchantment of Bantry.  

I cannot tell you how much I love returning to the Festival—to an extraordinary oasis, where musicians and audience gather from throughout the world, to enjoy great classics of the chamber music repertoire, some new jewels and some surprising finds, all crafted in a intriguing programme by Francis Humphrys.  
I treasure the lovely musical memories from earlier festivals of performing Britten’s Canticle V with Ian Bostridge, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with Vanbrugh Quartet, Berio’s Folksongs, Roussel’s Sérénade and particularly poignant this year is Anthony Power’s setting of Seamus Heaney’s From Station Island with the poet himself speaking.

This year I will be involved in the “A Poet’s Life” concert celebrating the passing of two great artists and friends of the Festival: John Tavener and Seamus Heaney.  As I head to perform Deirdre Gribbin’s setting of Heaney’s Anahorish with Alison Bell and the Vanbrugh Quartet, I will recall the earlier honour of being in the beautiful presence of the poet and my musician colleagues as we shared the walk from the little vestry at the back of St Brendan’s Church to meet the always appreciative and warm welcome of the festival audience.”

From Clíona Doris (Harp)

Clíona will be performing in Main Evening Concert: A Poet’s Life, Monday 30 June, 8pm, St Brendan’s Church

Concert in Aid of Establishing The National String Quartet Foundation

Posted on: Tuesday, 11th March 2014 @ 5:01pm

City of Cork Symphony Orchestra presents Supporting our National String Quartet, The Vanburgh in City Hall, Cork on Thursday 17 April, 8pm and Friday 18 April 2014, 6pm. Tickets cost €25 / €40 for both concerts and all proceeds go towards establishing the National String Quartet Foundation. Tickets are available from Pro Musica (021) 4271659.

Programme Thursday 17 April 2014, 8pm

SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, THE VANBURGH QUARTET

CITY OF CORK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Conductor Keith Pascoe, Leader Brian Murphy
GLINKA ‘Ruslan and Ludmila’ Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY ‘Pathétique’ Symphony


Programme Friday 18 April, 6pm

HAYDN The Seven Last Words, THE VANBURGH QUARTET with Special Guest Reader
VIVALDI The Four Seasons, THE VANBURGH CAMERATA, soloist violin/director Keith Pascoe

Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers

Posted on: Friday, 14th February 2014 @ 10:15am


West Cork Music in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2014 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 2014 WestCork Chamber Music Festival. Deadline is Monday 31st March 12 noon.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a bursary of €500 and will be asked to attend a workshop at the Festival on Sunday 28th June 2014 where the piece will be played through by a group on the Festival’s masterclass programme. This will be followed by an informal public workshop between composer and performers led by an international composer. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 29 June and 1, 2 and 4 July

For more information on the competition click here 

For previous competition winners click here.

Composition Workshop for Young Irish Composers 2014

Posted on: Wednesday, 12th February 2014 @ 9:13am

Friday February 7th in the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall saw six young composers submit works in progress for String Quartet for a Composition Workshop presented by West Cork Music and the Contemporary Music Centre led by Composer Deirdre Gribbin with the Vanburgh Quartet. The six composers were Eoghan Ryan, Shell Dooley, Conor Buckley, Sean Doherty, Flannery Cunningham and Adam McCarthy.

The workshop aimed to offer insights and address technical issues of writing for string quartet. The Vanburgh Quartet played each composers score where feedback was then given. The composers made modifications to the score for a second play-through. 

Borletti-Buitoni Trust Winners Announced

Posted on: Thursday, 30th January 2014 @ 11:55am

The 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust winners have been announced with three awards made. Borletti-Buitoni Trust must have excellent taste as two of the awardees appeared at the Festival in recent years, one of which will be joining us again in June for the 2014. In total 11 Awardees of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award have appeared at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival over the years.

Ruby Hughes, returning to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival this summer, has received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Along with Apollon Musagète Quartet ( who have also appeared at the Festival in recent years) and violinist Itamar Zorman, Ruby received the award in recognition of an enterprising career and distinctive talent.

Featured in Opera Now magazine’s ‘Who’s Hot in Opera’, Ruby Hughes likes to seek out challenging and unusual repertoire and we look forward to welcoming her back to Bantry for the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. For more details of her award click here.

The Danish String Quartet at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Posted on: Monday, 27th January 2014 @ 10:32am

We look forward to welcoming The Danish String Quartet back to Bantry for the 19th West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Surfacing in 10 events including 5 concerts over the course of the 9 day Festival, these boys are sure to keep you busy. You can catch them at the Opening Night Concert performing Abrahamsen 10 Preludes. 

Today, they are performing in Perth, Scotland, the first date of their UK & US Tour. Taking in Newcastle, California, Arizona, New York to name a few! Full details of their upcoming concerts can be found on their website

For more information on The Danish String Quartet performing at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival click here

Alex Petcu and Clare O’Keeffe to present Percussion Workshops

Posted on: Friday, 17th January 2014 @ 10:23am

Alex Petcu and Clare O'Keeffe to present Percussion Workshops to schools in Cork as part of Cork County Council's Tuning Up programme

From Monday 20 January to Friday 31 January, schools across County Cork will experience percussion playing at its best as two of Ireland's finest young percussionists, Clare O'Keeffe and Alex Petcu, travel to 19 schools from Bere Island in the west through to Mitchelstown in the east with their workshop Bangers and Crash Percussion. These dynamic and interactive percussion workshops are part of Cork County Council's Tuning Up Programme, which is managed by West Cork Music and part funded by the Arts Council.

The workshops will be entertaining and educational; as well as demonstrating a range of percussion instruments through performance, the students will learn the basics of making music as an ensemble by direct participation in a series of games and exercises. There will be rhythmic exercises featuring call and response, counting, passing rhythms and keeping in time, all of which will teach students the basics of pulse and rhythm, two key ingredients that are crucial for successful music making as a group. Interspersed among the exercises, the duo will demonstrate how these basic concepts apply to their own playing by performing short excerpts of percussion music.
The two musicians will also show how some of the most recognisable sounds in films and cartoons are created using percussion instruments. They will finish each session by playing some popular tunes that reach the limitations of what’s physically possible to play.

Tuning-Up enables schools to apply for a workshop visit by a professional music ensemble such as a string quartet, brass or wind Quintet, baroque ensemble or traditional music group. Tuning-Up gives young people an opportunity to experience live music performance first hand and in the classroom, to learn about the various elements of music and how these combine to create a musical composition, to engage in discussion with musicians and to actively participate in a music performance.

Tuning-Up is Cork County Council's Music in Schools programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.

   

 

 

This education project is generously funded by Cork County Council and the Arts Council

DATE EXTENDED West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Workshop for Young Irish Composers 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, 14th January 2014 @ 5:19pm

The deadline for submissions for the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Workshop for Young Irish Composers has been extended to Monday 27 January.

Young composers are invited to submit string quartet works-in-progress for consideration at a workshop to be led by composer Deirdre Gribbin with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet in Dublin on Friday 7 February.

The workshop aims to offer insights and address technical issues of writing for string quartet. Composers will be given feedback and the chance to modify what they have written based on the suggestions from the lead composer and the ensemble. This is followed by a second play-through of the revised score.

Workshop on writing for string quartet

● Entrants are invited to submit score and parts of extracts of up to five minutes from a work-in-progress for   string quartet
● It is a condition of entry that composers agree to attend the day-long workshop (10.30am – 6.30pm) to be held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 7  February 2014.
● Scores and parts should be submitted electronically to CMC by 27 January 2014.
● Scores will be assessed by an adjudicator and six will be selected for the workshop.
● All scores should be submitted direct to the Contemporary Music Centre Email:  bmckenna@cmc.ie
● Grants may be available towards the cost of travel to Dublin and selected composers should apply to CMC.

General terms and conditions

● Entrants must be of Irish nationality or resident on the island of Ireland
● Entrants must be under the age of 35 on 1 January 2014
● Entrants may submit only one work
● Entrants should state date of birth and give full contact details including postal address
● Prize-winners and entrants from previous competitions run by West Cork Music are welcome to submit new scores

West Cork Music and the Contemporary Music Centre would like to thank the National Concert Hall for provision of a venue for this workshop.

Composers interested in submitting a work for West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s Composition Competition will find this workshop to be useful preparation.

This workshop follows on from a similar workshop in 2013 as one of the Arts Council sponsored events that celebrated Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.

2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Announcements

Posted on: Wednesday, 18th December 2013 @ 11:08am

Just in time for Christmas, we will announcing the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme, tomorrow 19th December. 

In the mean time we are adding new Artists to the 2014 Meet the Artists page on the Chamber Music  Festival website, so keep checking back for more announcements. With over 70 musicians from around the world, there will be a steady musical stream in and out of Bantry over 9 days from the 27 June - 5th July, a melting pot of music and culture. General Booking opens Monday 14th April.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Workshop for Young Irish Composers 2014

Posted on: Friday, 15th November 2013 @ 2:26pm

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival, in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland announces details of the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Workshop for Young Irish Composers.

Young composers are invited to submit string quartet works-in-progress for consideration at a workshop to be led by composer Deirdre Gribbin with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet in Dublin on Friday 7 February

The workshop aims to offer insights and address technical issues of writing for string quartet. Composers will be given feedback and the chance to modify what they have written based on the suggestions from the lead composer and the ensemble. This is followed by a second play-through of the revised score.

Workshop on writing for string quartet

● Entrants are invited to submit score and parts of extracts of up to five minutes from a work-in-progress for   string quartet
● It is a condition of entry that composers agree to attend the day-long workshop (10.30am – 6.30pm) to be held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 7  February 2014.
● Scores and parts should be submitted electronically to CMC by 10 January 2014.
● Scores will be assessed by an adjudicator and six will be selected for the workshop.
● Selected composers will be notified by the Contemporary Music Centre by 21 January 2014.
● All scores should be submitted direct to the Contemporary Music Centre Email:  bmckenna@cmc.ie
● Grants may be available towards the cost of travel to Dublin and selected composers should apply to CMC.

General terms and conditions

● Entrants must be of Irish nationality or resident on the island of Ireland
● Entrants must be under the age of 35 on 1 January 2014
● Entrants may submit only one work
● Entrants should state date of birth and give full contact details including postal address
● Prize-winners and entrants from previous competitions run by West Cork Music are welcome to submit new scores

West Cork Music and the Contemporary Music Centre would like to thank the National Concert Hall for provision of a venue for this workshop.

Composers interested in submitting a work for West Cork Chamber Music Festival’s Composition Competition will find this workshop to be useful preparation.

This workshop follows on from a similar workshop in 2013 as one of the Arts Council sponsored events that celebrated Ireland’s Presidency of the EU.

                                                                                             

Taidhg Burke (1981 – 2013)

Posted on: Friday, 25th October 2013 @ 3:33pm

Taidhg Burke (1981 – 2013)
All of us in West Cork Music are deeply saddened by the sudden death of local musician Taidhg Burke.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, band members and to his wide circle of family and friends. His loss will be deeply felt throughout the region; however his music will live on.
Taidhg was a gifted musician and singer-songwriter in The Calvinists the local band with such huge potential.
He was also a member of the dedicated team of volunteers that every year provides critical support to the three Bantry Festivals. He will be sorely missed.

Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers 2014 Announced

Posted on: Friday, 25th October 2013 @ 1:42pm

West Cork Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre announces

Composition Competition for Young Irish Composers 2014.

West Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2014 to submit works for string quartet (violin, violin, viola, cello) of between 5-8 minutes duration for performance at the 2014 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a bursary of €500 and will be asked to attend a workshop at the Festival on Sunday 28th June 2014 where the piece will be played through by a group on the Festival’s masterclass programme. This will be followed by an informal public workshop between composer and performers led by an international composer. The premieres will take place during the Festival in the Town Concert series on 29 June and 1, 2 and 4 July

Full details about the Competition here.

Address for submission:

Karen Hennessy
Contemporary Music Centre
19 Fishamble St
Temple Bar
Dublin 8

Email: khennessy@cmc.ie

West Cork Music featured in Connect magazine

Posted on: Tuesday, 10th September 2013 @ 1:48pm

Delighted to announce that West Cork Music has been featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 edition of The Ireland Funds' Connect magazine. Published twice annually the magazine reaches a unique audience that includes corporate, cultural and political leaders in the 12 countries in which The Worldwide Ireland Funds are active. A great showcase for the organisation! 

Access the article online here (see pages 22 & 23) or click on the image above. 

 

Catherine Leonard & Hugh Tinney

Posted on: Monday, 02nd September 2013 @ 11:51am

The 2013 Concert Series continues this autumn with a performance by violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney on Saturday 19 October, 8.00pm in Bantry House.  This is the final concert in their autumn Irish tour which also sees them Sligo and Tipperary. 

Programme:

Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2
Brahms: Sonata No.1 in G major, Op.78
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.4 in A minor, Op.23
Fauré: Sonata No.1 in A, Op.13

Booking now open

Photo: Colm Hogan

Job Vacancy: PA to the CEO

Posted on: Friday, 02nd August 2013 @ 8:13am

West Cork Music is seeking a suitably qualified arts administrator to act as Assistant to the CEO, particularly in the programming and organisation of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. The role will also have web-site management responsibilities. Suitable candidates are likely to be music graduates with some experience of administration and concert promotion, an ability to write clearly about a wide range of subjects, experience of web-site development and social media. They will have relevant third level qualifications. Full driving licence and own transport essential. 

West Cork Music organises and promotes three major arts festivals in Bantry, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the West Cork Literary Festival and Masters of Tradition. West Cork Music is funded by the Arts Council, the Culture Programme of the European Union, Failte Ireland and Cork County Council.

Job description available from sarawcm@eircom.net Suitable candidates should email detailed curriculum vitae and names of referees to West Cork Music coomkeen@eircom.net  Deadline for applications is Tuesday 3 September.

Festival Survey

Posted on: Wednesday, 31st July 2013 @ 4:49pm

Make your voice heard! The West Cork Chamber Music Festival team wants YOUR input as we plan future festivals. This valuable feedback will assist us in improving our service to you and our promotion of the festival. Complete our survey online today

Programme Changes

Posted on: Friday, 28th June 2013 @ 10:13am

West Cork Music is very disappointed to have to announce that Nicola Benedetti will not be appearing at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which opens on Friday 28 June. Due to ill health, the Scottish violinist has had to pull out of this year's event.

An announcement will be made as soon as possible regarding who will be replacing her in the two concerts she was due to play at 4pm on Sunday 30 June, 8pm on Monday 1 July and 8pm on Thursday 4 July.  However, Ioana Petcu-Colan will be replacing Nicola for a performance of Tchaikovsky's String Sextet in D minor on Friday 5 July at 8pm.

The Jupiter Quartet's journey to Ireland from the United States has been delayed by bad weather and so West Cork Music also has to announce some programme changes on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June. In place of Jupiter's performance of Brahms' Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Cuarteto Casals will perform Schubert's Rosamunde Quartet in the Opening Concert. Also, Cuarteto Casals' Coffee Concert programme is moved forward from Sunday 30 June 11am to Saturday 29 June 11am, while the Jupiter Quartet's Coffee Concert programmeis moved from Saturday 29 June 11am to Sunday 30 June 11am. 

West Cork Music apologises for any inconvenience and disappointment. Should those who have tickets for these events wish to change their tickets for another concert, they should ring the box office on +353 (0) 27 52788.