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1st Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park Churchhill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Donegal Chamber Music Society
in association with Glenveagh National Park,
Donegal Music Education Partnership and the Glebe Gallery presents the
1st “Donegal Chamber Music Festival”
May 30th, 31st and June 1st

Sarah Murphy, flute
Szabó-Yélamo String Duo
DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra & Friends
Donegal Chamber Orchestra
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, sean-nós singer
Donegal Camerata String Quintet
and the music of composer Vincent Kennedy

30th May-1st June 2014

The first DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh Castle. The Castle and estate, open to the public since 1986, lies midway between Letterkenny and Gweedore. The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience. Four concerts will be presented between the different locations.
As always, the Donegal Chamber Music Society promotes contemporary music-making in Ireland; the music of established Irish composer Vincent Kennedy (familiar to many from his outstanding work with the Donegal Youth Orchestra) will feature in each of the concerts, and some of them will be given their premiere in this Festival.

Two evening concerts will be presented in the Castle drawing-room: the Friday concert features local and international instrumentalists with guest flautist Sarah Murphy. The Sunday concert will be given by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited seating accommodation, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre; patrons are advised to book early! See below for booking details.

There will be two concerts on the Saturday: a free lunchtime concert in the nearby Glebe Gallery (beside Lough Gartan), given by the Junior String Orchestra of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, and an afternoon “Coffee Concert” in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, with guest singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. The “Coffee Concert” will include music by Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky, as well as traditional Irish songs accompanied by the orchestra. See below for booking details.

Graham Harrison, Chairperson
Donegal Chamber Music Society


Friday 30th May at 8pm.
Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle. Admission: € 20
Sarah Murphy, flute; Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin;
Lucia Spacirova, violin/viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello
Music by W. A. Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, Charles Hubert Parry & Vincent Kennedy

Saturday 31st May (2 concerts)
12:30pm. Lunchtime Concert in the Glebe Gallery.
FREE Admission. The Glebe House and Gallery
DMEP’s Junior String Orchestra and Friends
(The Murray twins, cellist Michelle Gallagher, various String Ensembles and many more…)
Music by J. S. Bach, William Gluck, Edward Grieg, Vincent Kennedy

5pm. Coffee Concert in the Auditorium of the Visitors Centre, Glenveagh National Park. Admission: €10
Donegal Chamber Orchestra with guest sean-nós singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde
Music by Béla Bartók, Benjamin Britten, Paul Hindemith, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Vincent Kennedy plus sean-nós singer songs specially arranged for String Orchestra

Sunday 1st June at 8pm.
Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle. Admission € 20.
Donegal Camerata String Quintet
(Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, Claire Cunningham, violins; Lucia Spacirova, viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello; Michael McGinty, double bass)
Music by W. A. Mozart, Samuel Barber, Francisco Tárrega, Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla and Vincent Kennedy

Tickets can be booked in advance only. Booking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777

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