The Clandeboye Festival in August will be a celebration of all things from the great musical city of Vienna.
Barry Douglas, Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival and Camerata Ireland, and one of the leading performers amongst the international artists at this, the 17th Festival, said:
“It is very exciting for us at the Clandeboye Festival to be welcoming artists from the US/Chile, Finland, France, England, Scotland and Ireland. Extended over two weekends we will have evening concerts, afternoon concerts and lunchtime one-hour concerts. We will be concentrating on the music of composers associated with Vienna such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms, and our guest quartet, The Lir Quartet, will be playing string quartets by Mozart and Beethoven. Each of our concerts will feature great music including works by Britten, Schubert, and Schönberg. And don’t forget the great traditional music of these islands with the group I created, Celtic Orbit, playing a new set of tunes with award winning duo Scottish musicians, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout and the wonderful local flautist Eimear McGeown”.
This year the Festival also celebrates the artistry of the young musicians who have attended the Clandeboye Academy for Young Musicians over the years with two of them, Ruth Gibson and Jessie Grimes now tutors as well as playing in a number of concerts; and Mairéad Hickey and Ed Creedon soloists at the Closing Gala concert.
“The Clandeboye Festival is also a homecoming of the all Ireland chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland. Since the last Festival Camerata has enjoyed great success at home and abroad including our debut in India in April and earlier this month our third trip to Finland. The orchestra also had very successful performances in France in March including our debut at the Opera Royal of the Place of Versailles. The Clandeboye Festival is a great chance for music lovers to hear an orchestra of some of the finest musicians in Ireland, many of whom came through our Academy at Clandeboye and I also recommend the concert that our young musicians attending the Academy this year will perform on the 21st August.
“We will also feature the best from young fashion designers, in a fashion by Maureen Martin, accompanied by Camerata Ireland musicians on the 23rd August. All this creative activity in nine days in the charming surroundings of the Courtyard at the Clandeboye Estate outside Bangor, courtesy of Lady Dufferin”.
Concluding his remarks Barry said:
“Once again we are very grateful to our principal funder, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Randox Health, Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Clandeboye Estate and Courtyard, Winemark, Moonlighting and our media partner the Belfast Telegraph and all our volunteers and supporters that make a festival like this possible”.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said,
“The Arts Council is delighted to support the Clandeboye Festival through National Lottery funding. This Festival continues to offer audiences world-class, international artists alongside an impeccably curated programme of classical music. It also showcases our most exceptional young musicians, providing them with vital mentorship opportunities. The Arts Council wish the team at Clandeboye Festival continued success and would encourage everyone to go along and enjoy.”
Tickets are on sale from the Grand Opera House box office see www.goh.co.uk/clandeboye-festival for further details or phone 028 9024 1919. Tickets also available on the night on the door.