Five days of chamber music in Blessington
Audiences in Blessington last week were treated to five days of international chamber music as the third West Wicklow Festival took place.
The festival welcomed some of the finest classical musicians based in Europe as they performed in venues such as Russborough House and St Mary's Church in Blessington.
Local pianist Fiachra Garvey organised the event, which is now in its third year and continues to grow in stature with each passing year.
Performers this year included Lauren Fagan (soprano), Elena Urioste and Tom Poster (violin and piano), Quatuor Voce, Trio Atanassov, Duo Játékok (piano duo).
This year's festival also marked two landmark dates - the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and the 200th Anniversary of Clara Schumann's birth. To commemorate the War of Independence, two new works were commissioned for the festival, one from prominent Irish composer Sam Perkin and the other from Lilly Vadaneaux. Sam's new commission was deputed at the festival opening night held in Russbourough House and also featuring a performance from Fiachra.
Lilly's new commission titled 'The Cloths of Heaven' was performed for the first time in front of a live audience at St Mary's Church on the closing day.