BELLA A CAPPELLA The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals.
With a cappella performances, open crafting sessions and a victorian garden in summer glory, Turlough Park is in full bloom
The Courtyard Gallery at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, will provide the setting for a unique choral performance at 2.30pm this Friday, May 24, when a women’s chamber choir from Indiana in the United States will perform as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival.
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals, who have a diverse, a cappella repertoire, have toured throughout the United States and in Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Ireland. The choir’s Musical Director is Mr Michael Boswell.
The museum performance is a great opportunity to hear the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Madrigals in a wonderful setting. The Courtyard Café is located just off historic Turlough Park House, in the former stable block and service wing.
The Mayo International Choral Festival takes place each year at the end of May and welcomes choirs from all over the world to Co Mayo to take part in performances and events across the county. All events are open to a public audience. The eighth annual festival starts tomorrow, May 22, and runs to this Sunday, with a full 34 choirs taking part. The performance at the Museum of Country Life’s Courtyard Gallery is a free event, with no booking required.
Later in the week, the museum is offering the public the chance to learn all about fabric embellishment, as part of the month-long Bealtaine Festival, the national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age. Meet crafters and learn about their work at two open sessions with talented members of the Connacht Textile Crafters, from 11.30am to 3pm on Saturday, May 25.
The crafters will be demonstrating fabric embellishment techniques, including felting, crochet, knitting and embroidery. The Connacht Textile Crafters work in a range of textile crafts, using both traditional and contemporary techniques.
May is also a perfect time to explore the restored Victorian gardens at Turlough Park, with plenty of summer colour on show. There are also many interesting features to discover throughout the grounds – including outdoor art, a rich variety of tree species, riverside trails, and a Victorian glasshouse.
Visitors can pick up a Turlough Park House and Gardens guide free at museum reception, and learn more about the history and some points of interest at this former country estate.
Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park House and Gardens is free. Exhibition galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays and Mondays from 1pm to 5pm.