With Boris Berezovsky – piano/ Andrés Díaz – cello/ Ruth Gibson – viola/ Jessie Grimes – clarinet/ Chris Kelly – bass/ Eimear McGeown – flute/ Michael McHale – piano/ Catriona McKay – harp/ Éanna Monaghan – bassoon/ Maria Ostroukhova – soprano/ Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin and conductor/ Chris Stout – fiddle / Jonny Toman – guitar/ Ailish Tynan – soprano/ Richard Watkins – horn
Special guests the Ortus Quartet
Mairéad Hickey, Phoebe White, Ed Creedon, Christopher Ellis
Friday 12th August – 7:45pm
[ At the Ulster Hall, Belfast ]
Barry Douglas – piano
Rumon Gamba – conductor
Tickets for this event only from www.bbc.co.uk/tickets
A BBC Radio 3 Invitation Concert to coincide with the opening of the Clandeboye Festival and to celebrate 30 years since its Artistic Director, Barry Douglas, won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition
Saturday 13th August – 1pm
Eoin Fleming – piano
Winner of the 2016 Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award.
All concerts (except Friday 12th) take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Courtyard at Clandeboye Estate, thanks to the kind hospitality of Lady Dufferin. The Clandeboye Estate is located off the A2, just outside Bangor.
Dendron Lodge is open for teas, coffees and light snacks during the Festival. The Banqueting Hall Bar will be open for evening concerts.
Follow signs for Bangor A2. 12 miles from Belfast (2 miles from Bangor), pass the Garden Centre on the left. Approach the traffic lights in the middle lane Go straight through traffic lights (right-hand lane is signposted right to Newtownards). 200 yards past the traffic lights turn right across the dual carriageway through the front gates of Clandeboye
Turn left when exiting from Airport and follow signs for Bangor as ‘from Belfast’.
Follow Belfast M2 signs, continue towards end of M2 where overhead motorway signs filter traffic for Bangor A2. Then as above.
During the week of the Clandeboye Festival, some of Ireland’s most exceptional young musicians are invited to stay at the estate. Throughout this week they undertake a series of masterclasses and coaching sessions from the visiting soloists. This year, workshops will be hosted by artists from across the globe, ranging as far as the USA and Chile, to our French and English neighbours, and homegrown Irish talent.
To find out more information, or to apply, click here.
Under the tutorage and guidance of more experienced musicians, our young soloists prepare for The Musicians of The Future concert. This showcase recital provides a unique public opportunity for our rising stars to display the work they have been so carefully honing during their stay at Clandeboye. Following this recital the most promising young talents are recognised by a series of awards and bursaries.
This concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear the brightest developing talents that Ireland has to offer. Many alumni of the Clandeboye Young Musicians course go on to have successful solo careers, with many joining Camerata Ireland as orchestral players.
Michael McHale is a London based pianist who was one of the first musicians to take part in the Clandeboye Festival Young Musicians Programme. After studying at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, Michael has embarked upon a varied and exciting career as a soloist and accompanist. He has recorded and performed with many notable artists, including Flautist James Galway, and Clarinettist Michael Collins. His solo CD The Irish Piano is available on the RTE Lyric FM label.
Michael’s time at Clandeboye, and his relationship with Barry Douglas played a pivotal role in shaping his career:
Barry Douglas has been a real mentor and support to me over the years and now I would call him a friend. He really does a lot of work behind the scenes to support young musicians, from both north and south, and any time that I get with him is worth so much to me as I learn so much.
For more information on the Clandeboye Young Musicians course, please contact