‘Incredible artists’ line up for West Wicklow Chamber Festival as part of May program

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The West Wicklow Chamber Festival returns in May with five days of live music taking place at Russborough House and St Mary’s Church.

none of the participating artists were originally scheduled to perform in 2020, but the festival had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

Festival Founder and Artistic Director Fiachra Garvey said: “The May 2022 program has been a long time coming. Many of the amazing artists joining us were scheduled to perform at our 2020 festival and I’m more than happy to think that this year they will finally be able to captivate our wonderful West Wicklow atsharp. Their programs feature a diversity of exciting works from Mozart to Charlotte Bray and everything in between.

He is also delighted that two newly commissioned works will premiere at the festival.

“Blessington (2020) by Gerald Barry was written to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the sinking of the Lakes of Blessington and Ceiliúradh by Sebastian Adams and Amanda Feery celebrates a diverse, inclusive and progressive Ireland in 2022.

“Our education and outreach program continues to offer workshops, masterclasses, family concerts and as part of our Rising Stars concert, the winner of the WWF songwriting competition will have their work premiered at the festival,” Fiachra added.

The festival opens on Wednesday May 18 with a performance by Fiachra on piano and Adam Walker on flute in Russborough.

The Trio Gaspard will be performing in Russborough on Thursday May 19th. This highly sought-after piano trio has performed in the world’s greatest concert halls.

Famous for the rare energy of their performances as well as the quality of their recordings, the Arod Quartet will be joined by pianist Fiachra for their performance at the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival in Russborough on Friday 20 May.

The rising stars of 2022 are clarinetist Cathal Kileen and pianist Órán Halligan. If you’ve missed any opportunities to travel over the past couple of years, you’ll definitely enjoy their program of Musical Postcards from Around the World taking place at 1pm at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, May 21.

Eblana String Trio have given countless performances across Ireland, the UK and beyond, winning accolades for their powerful renditions of unjustly overlooked repertoire. They will perform at Russborough House on Saturday May 21.

Nicholas Grennell, Catherine Redding and Trio Táin present Mozart’s Magic Flute as you’ve never seen it before in a musical bite for the whole family taking place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Russborough House .

Also on Sunday, May 22, at St Mary’s Church at 3 p.m., mezzo-soprano Hannah Hipp will be accompanied by pianist Emma Abbate for an exploration of folk songs from different countries.

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