The West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 30 June to 8 July in Bantry, Co. Cork. Located on the shores of Bantry Bay, the festival features thirty eight concerts in historic Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church.
The nine day programme is complemented by young musician masterclasses, morning talks, Ireland’s only instrument making exhibition and a fringe festival of performances in special venues throughout the area
The 2017 line-up includes: the Doric Quartet from the UK, Pacifica Quartet from the USA, Pavel Haas Quartet from Czechoslovakia and Zaïde Quartet from France. A host of soloists include British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, German violinist Viviane Hagner, Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, American violinist Miranda Cuckson, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, German-Canadian cellist Johanes Moser and many more.
A year on from Ireland’s 1916 commemorations, Finland will be celebrating the centenary of its independence. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival marks this centenary with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Piano and Winds performed by Finland’s Christoffer Sundqvist and Joonas Ahonen amongst others.
Further centenaries are marked during the Festival. Violin Sonatas by Respighi, Debussy and Elgar, all composed in 1917, will be performed by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins on Saturday 1 July.
The Festival has a reputation for programming contemporary work alongside more familiar music and in 2017 presents the world premiere of a new commission by the young Irish composer Sam Perkin. Irish premieres include the Pacifica Quartet’s performance of Julia Wolfe’s Splendid Hopes and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Weather of It, performed by the Doric Quartet. The Pacifica Quartet also play contemporary composer Shulamit Ran’s Glitter, Shards, Doom, Memory – String Quartet No. 3, which was inspired by the short life and art of the painter Felix Nussbaum, who died at Auschwitz.
Cork percussionist Alex Petcu, who will be presenting workshops in Cork schools early in the year, returns to Bantry to join a host of musicians performing David Bruce’s 2016 composition The Consolation of Rain in the Coffee Concert on Wednesday 5 July.
General Booking opens 21 March. For bookings and more information, go to www.westcorkmusic.ie or ring the Festival office on +353 (0) 27 52788.
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland, Crespo Foundation, Cork County Council and RTÉ lyric fm.
We operate a complimentary CAMP ROCK Kid’s Club during school holidays for children aged 5 to 12 years. CAMP ROCK runs from 10am – 12.30pm each morning and includes an array of planned activities such as supervised ‘Watertastic’, games, arts and crafts and much more. We host a supervised Movie Night and themed fancy dress from 6pm each evening and children can enjoy freshly cooked party food while parents escape to the restaurant and dine in peace and tranquillity.
Our spacious leisure centre acts as the perfect indoor playground for our visiting families. We have a separate shallow kiddie’s pool for young children and there is also an extensive Children’s Playground, just a stones through from our hotel.
We have teamed up with many nearby family attractions such as the long established and much loved Fota Wildlife Park, Rumley’s Pet Farm and Kool Kidz Korner, to offer our families discounted admission rates. With so much fun to be had both within and surrounding our hotel, the Carrigaline Court is the ideal choice for midweek or weekend family breaks in Cork.
Workshop: Painting in the Park with Paul McKenna
Date: Saturday 1st July
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Cork Photo Gallery, The Lord Mayor’s Pavilion, Fitzgerald’s Park.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Spend a day plein air painting in Fitzgerald Park, be inspired by the beautiful gardens and views of the River Lee. Led by Artist Paul Mckenna, you will be guided through composition set up, brush techniques, and colour mixing. You will work with Open Golden Acrylic, a slow drying acrylic ideal for Plein-air painting. The workshop is a ideal for those wishing to try something new or develop their skills.
A great way to spend the day relaxing in the park, enjoying the process of plein air painting.
The day begins with a practical introduction to colour mixing, tips for composition, techniques and various approaches to painting. The group will then part ways to select locations around the park. Paul will check in on your progress throughout the day to offer advice and guidance. Lunch is from 1-2pm, you are welcome to bring a picnic or order from the Natural Foods Bakery, cafe on site. We will finish up the day with a group discussion at 4pm.
Materials you need to bring:
Small sketch book
A canvas or canvas panel
Selection of paint brushes
Rag to clean brushes
You will be provided with paint but feel free to bring your own for comparison.
In the event of unsuitable weather forecast we will reschedule the workshop to an alternative date. 24 hours notice will be given.
Born in Cork in 1976. Paul went studied Graphic Design in Central Saint Martins College, London, majoring in printmaking and animation. After graduating he spent a number of years printmaking in Cork Printmakers. Paul has worked for C. Robersons & Co. London aiding in the manufacturing of artist painting materials and as a canvas stretcher for their sister company Russell & Chappell. It was there that he developed his passion for painting.
After spending a number of years living in New Zealand he is now based in Cork a member of Sample studios and teaches his own painting classes. He has exhibited regularly in Cork, London and New Zealand. In 2015 Paul became a registered Golden Acrylic Artist educator and lectures and runs workshop on the use of their materials.