The hills are alive with the sound of music – or, more accurately, a little village at the foot of Nephin Mountain is alive with the sound of music. Bofeenaun will play host to celebrated international classical musicians on Saturday, July 14, and Monday, July 16, when the village holds its ninth annual Mayo Summer Classics concert series in its church.
Thomas Rowland, who pioneered the idea of hosting a classical music event in the North Mayo village, is a brother-in-law of former British Chamber Orchestra assistant lead violinist Iain King. Mr King and his wife, Joan, have been living in Ballina for a number of years. Through King’s extensive contacts, Rowland has succeeded in establishing the event as an annual must-do for people all over the country, and he is confident that this year will be the best concert yet.
“People from the four corners of the country and beyond are coming to the two-night concert. It has become a prestigious event with people traveling from France, Germany, Scotland and England,” explained Mr Rowland.
“If you have been to National Concert Hall you will enjoy this even more. The atmosphere is lighthearted and the musicians create a great rapport with the audience.”
When asked about the age bracket of those who attend the concert Mr Rowland enthusiastically explained the diverse audience. “We get younger and older people attending the concert. People in their 30s and upwards. Even my son, who is now 24, hasn’t missed a concert since he started supporting it because of my involvement a number of years ago.”
This year, Iain King, who has also previously played with the Philharmonic Orchestra (first violin) will be joined again by London pianist Caroline Clemmow and Korean musician Su-a-Lee, founder member of the group Mr McFall’s Chamber.
“Su-a-Lee made such an impression on the event last year that we had to invite her back for what will be our ninth running.”
Each concert starts at 8pm. There will be a cheese and wine reception at the interval. For tickets (220 each), contact Tom on 096 51006 or visit mayosummerclassics.com.
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