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Memorable Chamber Music Festival in store

Going Out

Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken

Musicians from all over the globe are warming up and tuning their instruments ahead of the much anticipated seventh Westport Festival of Chamber Music taking place from Friday, September 13, to Sunday 15. Concerts will be held in Westport House, Westport Town Hall Theatre and Holy Trinity Church.
Following the opening concert in Westport House on Friday evening, Saturday’s busy programme in the Town Hall Theatre will include three concerts (11.30am, 8pm and 10.30pm) in the Town Hall Theatre. Sunday will return to Westport House for an 11.30am concert, and a final concert will take place in Holy Trinity Church at 2.30pm.
The festival’s artistic directors, violinist Catherine Leonard and pianist Hugh Tinney, have invited return visits from violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and violist Eivind Ringstad, with newcomers to Westport, cellists Adrian Brendel and Isang Enders, clarinetist Julian Bliss and pianist Daria van den Bercken. They will be joined by Irish pianists Finghin Collins and Hugh Tinney, violist Simon Aspell and cellist Miriam Roycroft.
Mairéad Hickey, who gave the Next Generation concert at the first festival in 2013, is another welcome return participant. Alex Petcu (marimba) and soprano Kelley Lonergan will perform in the Saturday late concert. This year’s Next Generation Artists Concert will feature prize-winning Fiachra de hOra (viola) with Aidan Chan (piano).
This year’s repertoire will range from Bach’s seminal Goldberg Variations (arranged for string trio) in the intimate surroundings of Westport House to an exciting trio by American composer Paul Schoenfield in the main Saturday evening concert in Westport Town Hall.
Each concert is designed as a stand-alone event; together they will provide a memorable weekend of music.
Full details are available on the festival’s website, To book tickets, visit, call Westport Town Hall Theatre on 098 28459 or drop in to the venue.