Full Programme of 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival announced

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The 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 30 June - 8 July and priority booking for Gold Friends is now open. Priority booking for Silver Friends opens on 21 February and general booking opens 21 March.

Among those performing in 2017 are:

•    Doric Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Zaïde Quartet, Pavel Haas Quartet
•    violinists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Miranda Cuckson, Henning Kraggerud, Viviane Hagner, Peter Schumayer and Mairéad Hickey
•    singer Claire Booth
•    pianists Barry Douglas, Joonas Ahonen, Julius Drake, Dénes Várjon, Christopher Glynn, Alasdair Beatson and Huw Watkins
•    harpist Andreja Malir
•    cellists Camille Thomas, Johannes Moser, Pieter Wispelwey and Christopher Marwood
•    flautist Adam Walker
•    violists Dana Zemtsov and Timothy Ridout
•    clarinettists Christoffer Sundqvist and Mathias Kjøller
•    double bass player Niek de Groot
•    bassoonist Amy Harman and Peter Whelan
•    oboeist Olivier Doise and many more


The 2017 West Cork Chamber Music Festival will be marking the centenaries of a selection of works composed in 1917: three violin sonatas by Respighi, Debussy and Elgar. These will be performed by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins on Saturday 1 July.

A year on from Ireland's 1916 commemorations,  Finland will be celebrating the centenary of its independence. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival marks this centenary with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho's Quintet for Piano and Winds performed by Finland's Christoffer Sundqvist and Joonas Ahonen amongst others.

The Festival has a reputation for programming contemporary work alongside more familiar music and in 2017 presents the world premiere of a new commission by the young Irish composer Sam Perkin. Irish premieres include the Pacifica Quartet's performance of Julia Wolfe's Splendid Hopes and Donnacha Dennehy's The Weather of It, performed by the Doric Quartet. The Pacifica Quartet also play contemporary composer Shulamit Ran's Glitter, Shards, Doom, Memory - String Quartet No. 3, which was inspired by the short life and art of the painter Felix Nussbaum, who died at Auschwitz.

Cork percussionist Alex Petcu, who will be presenting workshops in Cork schools early in the year, returns to Bantry to join a host of musicians performing David Bruce's 2016 composition The Consolation of Rain in the Coffee Concert on Wednesday 5 July.

A rare treat is in store when the full set of Beethoven's three piano trios, Opus 1, is played towards the end of the Festival. Number 1 is played on Wednesday, number 2 a day later and number 3 on Friday. These pieces were first performed in 1793 in the house of Prince Lichnowsky, to whom they are dedicated. Violinist Viviane Hagner will be joined by pianist Barry Douglas and cellist Johannes Moser for these memorable three concert

Throughout the Festival, RTÉ lyric fm broadcaster Evelyn Grant will be talking to a selection of musicians in the popular  morning talks which take place in the Brick Oven restaurant.

Ireland's only Violin and Bow makers Exhibition will also be held in the Old Cinema andthis year, there will be two talks by renowned makers makers Conor Russell and Michiel de Hoog during the Festival. 

The print brochure will be released in January. Priority booking for Gold Friends opens on 24th January. Priority booking for Silver Friends opens on 21st February. General booking opens on 21st March.

For more information on how to become a Gold or Silver Friend of West Cork Music, please go to http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/support/support-us

For more information about the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, go to www.westcorkmusic.ie or ring +353 (0) 27 52788