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Festival: West Cork Chamber Music Festival


June 29th - July 8th, 2018

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival takes place in Bantry, on the shores of historic Bantry Bay in County Cork, Ireland. Established in 1996, it is now one of Europe’s leading chamber music festivals and has earned a reputation for its innovative programming, the world-class calibre of its performers and its informal atmosphere.

The Festival runs for nine days with five concerts, three masterclasses and a talk each day. Bantry House is the main concert venue along with the small single-aisle church dedicated to St Brendan, whose legendary Brendan Voyage began in this part of Ireland. All the venues have an intimacy that is vital for chamber music and Bantry House itself is renowned for the atmosphere created in the candle-lit Library and the House’s extraordinarily beautiful setting at the head of Bantry Bay.

All events are within walking distance of the central hotels and one can find oneself crossing the Square in the company of world-famous musicians, the intimacy of place and venue creates a special community of musicians and music-lovers. Bantry is a one and a half hour drive from Cork city and Cork Airport which has direct flights to destinations throughout the UK and Europe.

The heart of chamber music is the string quartet and the 2016 programme features four leading Quartets: Doric Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Zaïde Quartet, and Pavel Haas Quartet. Soloists will include violinists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Henning Kraggerud, Viviane Hagner and Mairéad Hickey; pianists Barry Douglas, Johannes Moser,  The Doric Quartet from the UK, Pacifica Quartet from the USA, Pavel Haas Quartet from Czechoslovakia and Zaïde Quartet from France will join a host of soloists including British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, German violinist Viviane Hagner, Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, American violinist Miranda Cuckson, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser and many more.

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