Julie Alcaraz – piano / Florent Boffard – piano / Marc Coppey – cello / Andrés Díaz – cello / Jessie Grimes – clarinet / Eimear McGeown – flute / Catriona McKay – harp / Paul Neubauer – viola / Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin / Chris Stout – fiddle / Jonny Toman – guitar / Ailish Tynan – soprano / Richard Watkins – horn
Special guests the The Ortus Quartet and The Ulster Orchestra Ensemble
Following an accident earlier this week pianist Philippe Cassard is indisposed and unable to perform at the Clandeboye Festival.
We are very grateful to Florent Boffard for stepping in at short notice to join our other guest artists in the Vive La France programme.
OPENING GALA CONCERT – 7:30PM
Julie Alcaraz, Marc Coppey, Andrés Díaz, Barry Douglas, Mairéad Hickey, Paul Neubauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsy, Richard Watkins and the Ortus Festival Quartet
LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM
Peter Regan, piano
Winner of Mabel Swainson Award at the Feis Ceoil
AFTERNOON CONCERT – 3:30PM
Julie Alcaraz, Barry Douglas, Florent Boffard and The Ortus Festival Quartet
Debussy: Petite Suite for piano duet
Debussy: selection from Preludes and from Images II
Ravel: String Quartet
EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM
Florent Boffard , Marc Coppey, Andrés Diaz, Barry Douglas, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ailish Tynan and the Ortus Festival Quartet
Debussy: Fêtes Galantes 1, En Sourdine, Fantoches, Clair de lune
Franck: Violin Sonata (cello version)
Ravel: Piano Trio
AFTERNOON CONCERT– 3:30PM
Julie Alcaraz, Andrés Díaz, Paul Neubauer, Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor
EVENING CONCERT– 7:30PM
Florent Boffard , Marc Coppey, Jessie Grimes, Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
LUNCHTIME CONCERT– 1:00PM – French Ensembles
Music by Debussy and Saint-Saëns
EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – French Melodies
Julie Alcaraz, Florent Boffard, Marc Coppey, Barry Douglas, Jessie Grimes, Eimear McGeown, Paul Neubauer, Ailish Tynan and Richard Watkins
Gounod: 3 Melodies for horn and piano
Poulenc: Sextet for piano and wind
LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Drames Et Delicatesses
Music by Messiaen, Franck, Bizet, Boulanger and Ravel
EARLY EVENING CONCERT – 6:30PM (note earlier start time)
Young Musicians of the Future Concert
This year’s young artists perform a diverse programme of music. There will also be a presentation of a number of awards and bursaries by amongst others the Flax Trust and The Ireland Fund of France. This is a great opportunity to hear some of our best young musicians, many of whom go on to have solo careers and play with Camerata Ireland.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Rich Rarities in the Chapel
Music by Ravel and Martinu
EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – Barry Douglas Recital
Schubert: Moments Musicaux
Debussy: Suite – Pour le piano
Schubert: Sonata in B flat major D 960
LUNCHTIME CONCERT – 1:00PM – Celtic Moments in the Chapel
Eimear McGeown and Jonny Toman
Traditional music for flute and guitar
DESIGNER FASHION SHOW – 8:00PM
Young designer graduates and established designers accompanied by Festival musicians. Denman International will present a bursary prize to the best young designer.
Show produced by Maureen Martin.
With performances by Eimear McGeown, Jonny Toman and others
EVENING CONCERT – 7:30PM – The Celtic Isles
Celtic Orbit 2017
Barry Douglas, Eimear McGeown, Caitriona McKay and Chris Stout.Back after their spectacular début last year with more music from these islands and Brittany.
Seamus Heaney: Words and Music
A very special programme of readings and Heaney-related music featuring an ensemble of Ulster Orchestra musicians, led by violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan, and narrated by writer Glenn Patterson.
EVENING CONCERT– 7:30PM – Closing Gala
Camerata Ireland and Barry Douglas
with Eimear McGeown, flute
Saint-Saëns: Romance for flute and orchestra
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat
Mozart: Symphony No 40 in G minor
How To Find Us
All concerts 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.
This Festival receives programming funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council.
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