Twice as many concerts!
Tickets for the West Wicklow Festival have gone on sale. Myles Buchanan reports
Following the huge success of the inaugural festival in 2017, tickets are now on sale for the second West Wicklow Festival.
Taking place from May 17 to May 20, the festival will feature a host of international and Irish talent with concerts of classical chamber music being held at Russborough House and St Mary's Church in Blessington.
The 2018 festival programme features internationally acclaimed clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss, principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Philip Higham, the award-winning Benyounes Quartet, renowned Irish baritone Gavan Ring and the festival's founder and Artistic Director, pianist Fiachra Garvey.
'I'm proud to welcome dear friends and wonderful artists to the festival this year for a full-bodied and energetic programme of truly wonderful works of music. Debussy's music will feature throughout the festival in honour of the centenary of his death, along with many other musical highlights including a free family concert at Russborough delivered in partnership with the National Concert Hall,' said west Wicklow native Mr Garvey.
This year, the festival boasts an expanded programme of events with twice as many concerts as last year, more artists and the introduction of a new venue - the historic St Mary's Church. Musical highlights will include a late-night performance of Bach's solo Cello Suites, Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B minor and a song recital by Irish baritone Gavan Ring, accompanied by Fiachra Garvey.
In partnership with the National Concert Hall, there will also be an innovative programme of interactive musical activities for children followed by a fun-filled family concert.
The West Wicklow Festival was established by Mr Garvey in order to promote west Wicklow by staging an annual festival featuring some of the world's premiere artists, with a healthy Irish offering. The inaugural West Wicklow Festival featured three sold-out concerts in the stunning Russborough House.
For further information on the festival or to book tickets, visit westwicklowfestival.com.