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Bantry and Beyond Launch


  Friday 14 May 2021

West Cork Chamber Music Festival goes virtual

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is delighted to introduce its virtual incarnation, Bantry and Beyond.

As the Festival musicians could not come to Bantry, the Festival has gone to the musicians. Festival-goers will become virtual travellers to destinations around Europe and USA. You will visit famous concert halls in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Chicago; historic Great Houses of Ireland and the Netherlands; a centuries old abbey with a fabulous library; Palaces in Prague and Vienna; old churches in London, Bantry and Amsterdam; a vaulted tunnel under a vanished convent in Cologne; studios in Amsterdam and Berlin; and Music Centres in Hungary and Italy.

The thirty Festival concerts will commence with four themed week-ends starting in Vienna on 28 May before moving to daily concerts 25 June – 4 July followed by a coda of five concerts later in July. The concerts will be streamed by the platform OurConcerts.live.

Concertgebouw, AmsterdamGreat music in the hands of great musicians is always an intoxicating mix. A virtual recording by top production companies has one advantage over the live concert, namely the close-up intimacy of the performance, a front-row experience with quality audio.

Bantry and Beyond will present World Premieres of new quartets by Deirdre Gribbin and Garth Knox played by Pacifica and Ragazze Quartets with Irish premieres of works by Lera Auerbach and Finola Merivale.

The Series opens with a Classical Prelude of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms that leads the way into a powerful Russian series from Mussorgsky to Shostakovich. Solo performances feature Ibragimova, Tiberghien, Gluzman, Fedorova, Petcu, Fejérvári and Grynyuk. There are great Quartets, a cello series, singers from Ireland, France and Germany, great violinists and period instrument ensembles. For the full programme, click here.

Bantry and Beyond Launch 1

Single tickets, 6-concert packages and a Festival Pass can be purchased through our website or direct from ourconcerts.live from 19th May. Those booking a Festival Pass in the first 48 hours, can avail of a 10% discount. The programme is available here.

Gold Friends of West Cork Music have free access to all Bantry and Beyond concerts as part of their subscription. Silver Friends have access to the concerts which run during the Festival dates – 25 June – 4 July. West Cork Music is offering Silver Friends a chance to upgrade their membership and become a Gold Friend for €50, a 50% discount. This will entitle them to the Festival Pass. For more information on becoming a Friend of West Cork Music, please click here.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council, Crespo Foundation, Failte Ireland and Cork County Council as well as many individual donors and subscribers.

Further information

OurConcerts.live is a specialized streaming service and technology company that facilitates meaningful connections between artists, organisations and audiences through high-quality virtual artistic experiences. OurConcerts.live works with presenters and producers to provide a fully-configurable, secure platform that allows performers to share their art from almost any setting — whether from home, a studio, or a venue with a professional, multi-camera crew.

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Arts Council Music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
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Embassy of Hungary, Dublin
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Irish Examiner
The Maritime Hotel
O'Keeffe's Supervalu
TJ O'Connor
University College Cork
The Ireland Funds
National String Quartet Foundation
EFFE Label
The Brick Oven
ROWA Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cork Airport
Seaview House Hotel