Listen & Watch

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of West Cork Music who kindly donated the value of their tickets, plans are underway to stream live concerts during the ten days this summer when the 2020 Festival should have been taking place.

As our Festival musicians are based in many different countries and even string quartet members live apart, it will not be an easy task to bring them together for these performances. However we are looking at ways within the current regulations to make this happen, using specific studios in European and US cities.

These performances will be presented on our website each day from Friday 26th June to Sunday 5th July and although you will be enjoying them from the comfort of your own home, rather than in the library of Bantry House or St Brendan’s Church, we hope that they will uplift and provide hope during this time.

We can only present these live streams thanks to the generous support of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Crespo Foundation, Cork County Council and Failte Ireland.

Keep an eye on the website and our social media for further announcements.


To soften the blow of losing the 2020 West Cork Chamber Music Festival, we are simultaneously releasing Lyric’s recordings of the 2019 Festival. Each week we’ll feature a performance on our social media.

See our Music Archive releases here

See our latest COVID-19 updates here


Our Full Programme of cancelled 2020 events. Our virtual festival events are coming soon. Watch this space.

Meet the Artists

Biographies and images of artists appearing at our festival in 2020 – and through the years.

Violin & Bow Making

Ireland’s only annual exhibition of fine contemporary violin and bow making, displaying instruments and bows from some of the leading makers working in the field today.

Composition Competition

Annual String Quartet Composition Competition for Irish citizens and residents under 35


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