15th – 18th AUGUST 2019
Valentia Island is the perfect place for a Chamber Music Festival; small, idyllic, spectacularly beautiful and with an array of unique venues. This year sees our 6th Festival and we continue to build and expand on our programmes with an international roster of performers.
In a new direction this year, we are delighted to open on 15th August with a Piano Day celebrating the career of acclaimed Irish pianist, John O’Conor, a recital by the award-winning David Quigley and a late-night performance by American jazz pianist, Darius Brubeck.
Throughout the weekend we are presenting a wonderful range of performances from a programme of Fairytales and Fauré in the glorious Glanleam House to the one-woman opera Vicky and Albert. We welcome the stunning Swiss cello and guitar duo – duo singer & fischer -and a late-night concert of a minimalist feel. The final day again sees traditional music in the limelight and the grand finale will be Music for 32 Strings including arrangements of Óiche Nollag, Irish airs and the scintillating tour-de-force that is Mendelssohn’s String Octet. Irish composer Karen Power will be featured with sound installations of her work which reside in the natural world and brings the sounds of the Amazon to Valentia.
The MUSICAL MAP on Saturday 17th is crammed with free admission events:
1 pm Valentia Island Farmhouse Dairy hosts a showing of a 1971 documentary film about the former Valentia/Kenmare resident composer Ernest Moeran, full of his music and panoramic Kerry views
3 pm Danu House, Chapeltown, hosts ’18th Century Fantasy’ with Darragh Morgan violin performing a selection of solo violin music by Telemann
4 pm RNLI, Knightstown, hosts a performance and Q & A by composer Karen Power of her installation work ….sounds like the amazon…., in this feature, fusing the sounds around Valentia with the Amazon.
Full programme details are to be found in Events 2019 for the individual days and ticket/booking information can be found on the Tickets and Contact page.
We are grateful to all our supporters and look forward to seeing you in August.
Mary Dullea Artistic Director and Pianist