We wish all of our supporters a very Happy Christmas and would like to take this opportunity to announce the full programme of the 2020 West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
The programme is now live and available on our Programme pages.
The print brochure will be available in mid-January. If you are not already on our mailing list and wish to receive a print brochure, simply email us with your full name and snailmail address details, and we’ll pop one in the post to you as soon as it’s published.
Priority booking for Gold Friends opens on 16th January 2020. Priority booking for Silver Friends opens on 13th February 2020. General booking opens on 12th March 2020. For more information on how to become a Gold or Silver Friend of West Cork Music and avail of the Priority Booking periods and other benefits, see our Friends pages.
You’ll find all you need to know about our festival on the West Cork Chamber Music Festival webpages – or you can ring us on +353 (0) 27 52788.
Note, though, that we will be closed over the festive break from Friday 20th December, opening again as usual on Monday 6th January 2020.
Wishing you all the best this festive season,
The West Cork Music team
You’ll find our full artist listing here.
The 25th Festival itself is full of stories old and new. A Hans Anderson tale is given a new face, Ophelia and Camille Claudel tell it as it was, Handel’s Amida is abandoned yet again while Aminta and Fillide settle their differences. Beethoven year is celebrated with the late quartets and the 25th anniversary is being marked with a series of commissions, co-commissions and premieres.
There will be over fifty concerts including Fringe concerts spread out across West Cork. All our favourites – Bach, Mozart and Haydn; Schubert, Schumann and Brahms; Mendelssohn brother and sister; Ravel and Fauré; Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Weinberg, Bartók and Britten make their appearances on the stage alongside familiar contemporaries like Pēteris Vasks, Brett Dean, Deirdre Gribbin, Sofia Gubaidulina and Thomas Larcher and fascinating new names like Caroline Shaw, David Lang and Jake Heggie.
As ever the musicians are beyond compare, the strings alone include four great Quartets, Pacifica, Signum, Doric and Dudok, violinists Vadim Gluzman, Alina Ibragimova, Nurit Stark, Rosanne Philippens and Mairéad Hickey, violists Brett Dean and Dana Zemtsov, and cellists Johannes Moser, Leonard Elschenbroich and Anastasia Kobekina.