About us

Valentia Island is the perfect place for a unique chamber music festival, nestled in a rich and vibrant landscape.

It is a spectacular location as one of Ireland’s most westerly points, steeped in history (ancient and recent) and boasts a host of stunning venues.  Founded in 2014, Chamber Music on Valentia presents an annual festival of international stature throughout Valentia Island.

Thematically resonating with this backdrop, it connects performers and audience with inspirational performances in authentic settings, produces novel outreach activities and fosters a rich connection with the music and the performers.  

“Valentia Island is the perfect place for a unique chamber music festival, nestled in a vibrant and rich landscape.”

Meet the team

Mary Dullea Sitting at piano

Mary Dullea

Founder + Artistic Director

As soloist and chamber musician, Irish pianist Mary Dullea has built an impressive reputation as a performer and commissioner of new music, performing internationally, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music on Valentia.

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Nathan James Dearden

Nathan James Dearden

Festival Manager

Nathan James Dearden is a composer of concert music and mixed media, conductor, teacher and arts advisor, whose work has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Media Wales).

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Peter MacNamara

Peter MacNamara

Event Manager

Peter resides in Limerick but spends much of each summer on Valentia. He has a keen interest in local activities and has helped run a number of recent events including a cricket tour and an art workshop.

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