22 Jun 2020
Streamed and online performances will replace the live festival from 26 June-5 July
One of the most intimate and atmospheric festivals on the Wild Atlantic Way has taken its programme online this year and will be streamed on their website from 26 June, featuring a dozen specially filmed concerts from musicians due to play the original line up.
The international nature of the festival has enabled it to bring together forty musicians in performances to be filmed in venues in Chicago and Cork, Amsterdam and London, Paris and Warsaw, Bremen and Bloomington.
Despite everything, it is still Beethoven Year, so we are promised a fiery Kreutzer Sonata by two young Dutch players; the great Vadim Gluzman will play the Spring Sonata and Dudok Quartet will give us the stupendous late quartet that ends with the maddest fugue in Western music. Alina Ibragimova and Alasdair Beatson have been filmed playing Mozart, Debussy and Ravel. The four Quartets, Pacifica, Doric, Signum and Dudok will, amongst others, play Haydn, Britten, Shostakovich, Schulhoff, Schubert and Caroline Shaw. The brilliant Ukrainian pianist, Anna Fedorova, whose Rachmaninov concerto performances have been viewed millions of times, will join string players led by Mairéad Hickey in the greatest of the Schubert Trios and his evergreen Trout Quintet.
Since 1995, West Cork Chamber Music Festival has been held in the beautiful surrounds of Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church, County Cork. Bantry House and Garden is a stately home situated on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking Bantry Bay. It houses an important private collection of furniture and objects of art. Not only is the building itself of exceptional beauty, but its gardens and views are also second to none. Intimate performances take place in the Library of Bantry House. The Library’s bookshelf-lined walls and candelabra creates the most wonderful ambiance.
St Brendan's Church is a beautiful old church which was built in 1818. It was designed by Henry Edward Kendall and is in the gothic style. It's situated in the centre of town, just off Wolfe Tone Square. Bantry claims an ancient connection with St Brendan, who was the first person to discover America.
Morning talks take place in the Brick Oven Restaurant and town concerts take place in St Brendan's School Hall. Both of these venues are on Wolfe Tone Square, just metres away from the shores of Bantry Bay, one of the world's deepest natural harbours.
In recent years, the Festival has expanded to include a Fringe festival. These free concerts take place in locations throughout the region including Whiddy Island, Garnish Island, Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, Castletownbere, Heron Cafe and Gallery in Ahakista and Skibbereen Arts Centre.
Bantry, County Cork
Garnish Island, County Cork
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