Thursday 23 May 2019

All flavours of classical music

West Wicklow Festival returns for the third year to celebrate international chamber music over five days

Lauren Fagan
Lauren Fagan

The West Wicklow Festival taking place over five days will feature 15 artists performing the works of 26 composers.

The annual international chamber music festival started in 2017 and will be staged at Russborough House, with performances also taking place in St Mary's Church, Blessington.

The festival founder and Artistic Director, esteemed concert pianist Fiachra Garvey, will be among the acts taking to the stage.

'The festival celebrates two important themes this year,' said Fiachra. 'Firstly the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann, arguably the world's greatest female composer. We will feature some of her greatest works alongside works by other significant Irish and international female composers. Secondly we have two new commissions - one by Irish composer Sam Perkin and the other by British composer Lilly Vadaneaux - to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence.'

Other performers include Violinist Elena Urioste, who was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2012 to 2014 and a first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States.

Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He is in demand internationally as a soloist and a chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire.

Since its inception in 2004, the Quatuor Voce has been recognized internationally as one of the most fascinating string quartets among the young generation, performing worldwide alone or alongside outstanding artists.

Trio Atanassov consist of Percel Giles on violin, Sarah Sultan on cello and Pierre-Kaloyann Atanassov on piano.

After graduating from Covent Garden's prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, Lauren Fagan has developed into one of today's finest young sopranos. Her debut this summer as Violetta in Rodula Gaitanou's new production of La traviata for Opera Holland Park was met with unanimous critical acclaim.

Duo Jatekok formed in 2007 and perform short lyrical miniatures that are meditative, full of feeling and sensitivity.

Sam Perkin is a composer of new orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music.

Lilly Vadaneaux has been composing since the age of six, and currently studies composition with Paul Whitmarsh at the Guildhall School of Music Junior Department, where she also studies piano with Stephen Coombs.

On Wednesday, May 15 at 8 p.m., Fiachra Garvey will perform in Russbourough from 8 p.m.. Elena Urioste and Tom Poster perform on Thursday, May 16, while the performers on Friday, May 17, will be Fiachra Garvey and Quatuor Voce. Family music events run in Russborough on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., while a concert by Trio Atanassov takes place at 8 p.m. St Mary's Church plays host to Fiachra Garvey and Lauren Fagan on Sunday, May 19 at 1.30 p.m. and Duo Jatekok at 6.30 p.m. The festival will also host a public masterclass with Elena Urioste and Tom Poster, presented in partnership with the National Concert Hall. Violin and piano duos will be invited to apply to participate in this masterclass.

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