Tickets are now on sale for the third edition of the West Wicklow Festival which takes place from 15th – 19th May 2019. Building on the success of previous festivals, the 2019 West Wicklow Festival boasts an incredible line-up of musicians and artists from all over the world with concerts being held at Russborough House and St. Mary’s Church in Blessington.
Having doubled in size last year, the Festival has once again expanded its programme and added an extra day to the Festival which this year will feature 15 artists and 26 composers over 5 days.
The 2019 programme features performances from the captivating Australian soprano Lauren Fagan, internationally acclaimed violinist Elena Urioste with pianist Tom Poster, renowned French string quartet Quatuor Voce, the inspirational Trio Atanassov, the dynamic and energetic Duo Játékok and the Festival’s Founder and Artistic Director, renowned Irish pianist Fiachra Garvey.
This year’s programme marks two very important events – namely the 200th Anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth and the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. We join in celebrating the music of Clara Schumann this year as well as music by other female composers and we have commissioned two new works in memory of the Irish War of Independence. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the stunning Russborough House in May to enjoy this fantastic programme in a uniquely intimate setting!” – Fiachra Garvey, Founder & Artistic Director
The West Wicklow Festival marks the 200th Birthday of perhaps the world’s most significant female composer, Clara Schumann, with performances of some of her most popular works. In conjunction with this, the Festival is also celebrating by championing other influential Irish and international female composers, including Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, Rhona Clarke, Rhoda Coghill and Joan Trimble.
2019 also marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence. To commemorate this event, the West Wicklow Festival has commissioned two new pieces, one from prominent Irish composer Sam Perkin and the other from young British composer Lilly Vadaneaux. Sam Perkin’s composition will receive its world premiere on the opening night of the Festival and will be performed by Fiachra Garvey as part of his own solo recital on Wednesday 15th May at Russborough House. Fiachra will also accompany acclaimed Australian soprano Lauren Fagan for the world premiere of Lilly Vadaneaux’s composition on Sunday 19th May in St. Mary’s Church, Blessington.
Founded in 2017 by award-winning Wicklow pianist Fiachra Garvey, the West Wicklow Festival was established in order to promote the beautiful area of West Wicklow by staging an annual festival featuring some of the world’s premiere artists, with a healthy Irish offering. The inaugural West Wicklow Festival featured 3 sold out concerts in the stunning Russborough House, one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland and the second edition in 2018 successfully doubled in size with twice as many concerts, a Family Concert and an innovative Music Trail. Guests are invited to enjoy the intricate beauty of Russborough House in addition to experiencing some of the world’s finest musicians in a beautiful, intimate and awe-inspiring setting.
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