Island life to be enhanced by Chamber culture

A richly diverse programme that organisers say will have something for everyone has been finalised for the Chamber Music on Valentia event, which is taking place for the ninth year, on Valentia Island, from August 17-21.

It will feature music composed by Ireland’s Joan Trimble to Ugandan composer Justinian Tamusuza, from Ernest Moeran to Gavin Bryars and from Carolan to Schumann.

Chamber Music on Valentia will present five days of concerts in wonderful venues with an eclectic line-up of guest artists from Iceland, USA, Italy, UK, Germany and Ireland.

The programme will feature the world premiere of a new suite of pieces by Irish composers, including Linda Buckley, Shaun Davey and Neil Martin, for the unique combination of uilleann pipes and piano trio.

The organisers will also present their recent Carolan 350th celebration with flute player Sarah Allen of Flook joining harpsichord and festival musicians complemented by recitations of Carolan’s verse read by Irish conductor and Kerry resident Robert Houlihan.

Bach to Beatles, meanwhile, juxtaposes John Tilbury’s tantalising Beatles songs with Dmitri Sitkovetsky’s string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

A concert and reception at the stunning location of Glanleam House will feature Moeran’s Oboe Quartet while Chamber Choir Ireland will bring The Birds and the Bees Quartet to Chapeltown.

The grand finale concert is a two-piano gala in Knightstown including aptly Trimble’s Puck Fair and Rachmaninoff‘s majestic Symphonic Dances.

Other highlights will include a specially commissioned Soundtrail around Valentia in association with The Lighthouse Project, masterclasses, opportunities to perform with festival artists, a singing workshop with Chamber Choir Ireland and the now much loved Musical Map on the Saturday, including films and demonstrations.

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