The 5th Annual Killaloe Chamber Music Festival under Artistic Director Joachim Roewer opens on Friday 26th of May.
Renowned for their ‘intrepid performances of great beauty’, the Vanbrugh Quartet will perform Borodin’s String Quartet No.2 and Brahms’ String Quintet op.111. Experience the exhilarating technical exactness of Irish pianist Hugh Tinney as he brings us Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 81a “Les Adieux”.
One of the many attractive features of the festival is The Emerging Artists Platform. On Saturday 27th May, the Coffee Concert at 11am introduces the Westland Wind Quintet in Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Three Shanties’; Sergej Prokofyev’s timeless story of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ narrated by Sarah O’Donnell and Alain Ridout’s ‘Ferdinand the Bull’ played by violinist Diane Daly.
Saturday’s evening performance at 8pm includes Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldiers Tale with Katherine Hunka violin, clarinetist Katherine Spencer and pianist Fiachra Garvey. Hugh Tinney returns to join soprano Sylvia O’Brien in Beethoven’s Irish Folk Songs with violinist Diane Daly and cellist Christian Elliott. The evening’s concert will conclude with the Vanbrugh String Quartet playing Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 3.
A popular feature of the festival is the Late Night Concert. On Saturday night at 10:30pm, enjoy silent film with live improvisation by pianist Sam Perkin and Keith Pascoe, violin. Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and Georges Mélies’ Le voyage dans la lune (1902).
Sunday’s Children’s Concert “Let’s Play Together” gives the rising stars of the future a chance to shine at 3pm in the glorious sanctuary of the cathedral.
The final night of the festival concludes with pianist Fiachra Garvey in Mozart’s 12 Variations on “Ah, vous-dirai je Maman” KV265. According to the Sunday Times, Fiachra “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort”. Soprano Sylvia O’Brien joins Fiachra in three Mozart lieder and the evening will conclude with Arnold Schonberg’s string sextet, Transfigured Night op.4.
The complete Festival programme can be found at www.killaloefestival.com
The Killaloe Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, RTE lyric fm and Clare County Council.