Tuesday 15 October 2019

Third annual Boyne Music Festival a 'great success'

#SummerFest is the Independent.ie series on Irish summer festivals.

Yvonne Donnelly
Yvonne Donnelly
Deirdre Brenner and Tara Erraught
Deirdre Brenner during the Childrens Workshop
Poet Billy Ramsell

Clare Cullen

The Boyne Music Festival celebrated the close of yet another incredible weekend of chamber music, poetry and song this past Sunday evening.

The third annual festival took place from August 6th to the 9th at Townley Hall in Drogheda, bringing together world-class performers, visual artists and enthusiastic audiences for a rich programme of events.

Weekend highlights included sold-out performances by international star and local sweetheart, Tara Erraught, violinist Rita Manning, cellist William Butt and violist Adam Newman. The Boyne Music Festival was blessed to have jazz saxophonist/composer John Surman among its artists this summer. Together with bassist Chris Laurence, Surman presented an unforgettable concert on Saturday evening of compositions he has written for string quartet, bass and saxophone; a concert which included a world-premiere in the form of a collaboration with BMF poet, Billy Ramsell. 

The Boyne Music Festival aims to support and inspire young musicians with its programming every year and this year was no different. On Saturday morning, violist Robin Panter led an imaginative musical workshop for a large and enthusiastic group of children. This was followed by a light-hearted and thoroughly engaging family concert based on the theme, “Fairytales”.  On Sunday afternoon the festival presented an exciting concert featuring its Young Associated Artists: 4 young duos selected via a competitive application process. These students all participated in coaching sessions and masterclasses with BMF artists during the week prior to the festival and attended all concerts over the course of the weekend. Further events included tours of Townley Hall, an exhibit by the Molesworth Gallery of Dublin, a poetry reading and other social events. 

The Boyne Music Festival is run by Ravensdale natives, sisters Julie-Anne and Aisling Manning, along with their first-cousin, Deirdre Brenner. It receives funding from the Arts Council and Create Louth as well as from many local businesses and individuals.

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