classical music

4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh

Tickets are now available from our box office for the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival.

Presented by Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Thur 12 Oct at 8pm: Szabó-Yélamo String Duo, Glebe Gallery

Fri 13 Oct at 8pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Sat 14 Oct at 12:30pm: Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra, Glebe Gallery

Sun 15 Oct at 6.30pm: Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Glenveagh Castle

Donegal Chamber Orchestra in concert

Venue: Glenveagh Castle

Dates: 
Friday 13th October, 8pm (Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm)
Sunday 15th October, 6.30pm (Bus leaving car park at 6.00pm)

Tickets: €15 Book online

Tea, Coffee and tray bakes afterwards at Glenveagh Tea Rooms.

Programme
Vivaldi – Concerto for strings in D Major, RV 121
Telemann – Overture-Suite “Burlesque de Quixotte,” TWV 55:G10
Handel – Concerto Grosso in a minor, Op 6 No 4
Delius – Two Aquarelles for string orchestra
Elaine Agnew (b.1967) – Take Off! (2010)
Toselli – Serenata ‘Rimpianto’ Op.6 No.1
Glazunov – Theme and Variations for Strings, Op.97
Bizet/Osborne – Suite from Carmen

The DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, one of the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s performing groups, features classical string players from across county Donegal and is dedicated to helping students and amateur musicians achieve the highest level of excellence in performance. The Donegal Chamber Orchestra gives regular performances throughout the county during the year and previous seasons have included trips to Spain and Italy. Since its establishment the orchestra worked with guest artists, soloists and conductors.

The Orchestra was founded in 2006 by Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin resource tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the ensemble).

Szabó-Yélamo String Duo

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Thursday 12th October, 8pm

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Tickets: €16 Book online

Booking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777

Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin  / Víctor Yélamo, cello
A chamber music recital in the Glebe House to celebrate the Spanish National Day.
The programme will include works from the classical repertory, a piece by this year Festival’s featured composer Elaine Agnew and a selection of Spanish Classics, Latin American songs and well known popular tangos to commemorative the Hispanic Day Fiesta.
Wine and Tapas to follow!

The Szabó-Yélamo String Duo was founded in 2006 when its members were completing a Master in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick. The wife and husband duo is comprised of the Hungarian violinist Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo (Violin Resource Tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership) and the Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo (Artistic Director of the Donegal Chamber Orchestra).
 
Both are professional musicians and regularly perform with the Spanish String Orchestra Concerto Málaga and the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Orsolya and Víctor are are extensively involved in music education across the Northwest of Ireland, they are members of the European String Teachers Association (ESTA). The Duo presented a Series of Concerts at the Regional Cultural Centre in 2010 and offers a variety of performances and workshops for students in Donegal.


They play instruments by Hungarian maker Pétéri Károly and bows by Paolo Pamiro.
 

FAMILY CONCERT at Glebe Gallery Courtyard 
featuring the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra – WAINFEST 2017

Venue: The Glebe Gallery, Churchill

Date: Saturday 14th October, 12:30pm – FREE ADMISSION

Treat yourself and your little ones to a free family concert led by the Donegal Junior Strings Orchestra as part of the 4th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. Classical works, new music by the Festival’s composer Elaine Agnew and music from Disney movies performed by the talented youth of Donegal Music Education Partnership, will delight and stimulate the senses. No booking is necessary.

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How to book

Book online here, by phone on 0749120777 or call in and buy tickets in person at our box office. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm Mon to Fri, 10am to 5.30pm Sat, closed Sundays & bank holidays. If you book online or by phone you do not need to collect your tickets in advance as we will send them out to the venues on the day.

 

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Anton Zapf to conduct North West Opera’s Die Fledermaus

North West Opera are delighted to announce that Anton Zapf will join them to conduct Strauss’s Die Fledermaus this November at An Grianán.

Anton has an amazing CV, working all over the world as an opera and concert conductor with over 60 orchestras in 15 countries. Also a composer for choir and orchestra, his works have been widely performed in Europe. He will be arriving in Donegal about 10 days prior to the opera to work intensively with the orchestra, soloists and chorus.

Die Fledermaus is a entertaining and colourful comedy set to wonderful music by Johann Strauss. The light-hearted plot follows 24 hours in the lives of a group of Viennese bourgeoisie centred around an elaborate plan for the revenge of The Bat. Disguises, hoaxes and abundant flirtation fuelled by copious amounts of champagne culminate in comical results.

North West Opera present
Die Fledermaus
Fri 4 and Sat 5 Nov at 8pm
Tickets: €19/€16 Book now!

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3rd DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Donegal Chamber Music Festival will take place during the weekend of 14th to 16th October 2016 featuring local artists in a celebration of chamber music making in County Donegal and is presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership.

Three concerts over the weekend will mark this year’s Festival, using different locations (Glenveagh Castle, Glebe and House Gallery, An Grianan Theatre) presenting a mixture of well-known pieces of classical music as well as featuring contemporary works by this year Festival’s featured composer, Dublin-born John McLachlan, who lives in Inishowen.

Donegal Camerata String Ensemble

Starting on Friday evening, the Festival will bring classical music lovers to the magic of an evening concert at Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park.The Donegal Camerata String Ensemble (violin, viola, cello, double bass) will present another eclectic program at Glenveagh with music by Leopold Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Astor Piazzolla and a new arrangement of John McLachlan’s Lament. An event which have been described by concertgoers as “a true chamber music experience”,  the concert will be followed by tea, coffee and tray bakes at the Castle’s Tea Rooms.

Family Concert at the Glebe Gallery

Saturday’s Lunchtime concert has become a very popular event at the beautiful Glebe Gallery and House, Churchill.  This Free Family Concert, also included as part of this year’s WainFest, will include some children tunes and famous classical pieces played by the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Junior String Orchestra at the Gallery’s Courtyard. The Orchestra will also perform Dreams Adrift, a piece specially composed for this occasion by John McLachlan. Meanwhile you are listening to the youngest string players of DMEP, you can enjoy one of the best coffees at the Glebe Tea Rooms while looking at the beautiful gardens and the Gartan lake.

Donegal Chamber Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary Concert – Celebrating ten successful years of chamber music making in County Donegal and beyond, the 2016’s Donegal Chamber Music Festival will end with a very special closing concert at the great venue what is An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny. The first half of the concert will feature special guests including exceptional young talent in classical, jazz and traditional music. The DCO’s programme will include works by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartók and the “Inishowen Set” composed for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra in 2013 by Donegal based composer John McLachlan.

The Donegal Chamber Music Society aims to present Irish Contemporary Music in each of their events and every year the invite a composer to the Festival. This year featured composer is Dublin-born, Donegal based composer John McLachlan.

John McLachlan’s music has been performed in over twenty countries and on five continents. He has represented Ireland in festivals in Finland, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, South Africa and Peru and had performances in many other places including Tokyo, New York, Paris and London. He has had commissions from the RTE NSO, the National Concert Hall, the Dublin International Piano Competition and most of the leading contemporary music groups and soloists in Ireland as well as further afield. His music has been recorded by artists such as David Adams, John Feeley and Mary Dullea among others. John McLachlan is a member of Aosdana, Ireland’s state-sponsered academy for the creative arts. He lives in Inishowen, Donegal, with his wife Helen and two sons. For more info on concerts, CDs etc see www.johnmclachlan.info

Featuring artists:
Donegal Camerata String Ensemble; DMEP’s Junior & Intermediate String Orchestras;
Donegal Chamber Orchestra with Special Guests and the music of composer John McLachlan

DONEGAL CAMERATA String Ensemble at Glenveagh Castle

Friday 14th October, 8pm Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.
Price € 20/€ 15 (Bus leaving car park at 7.30pm
Booking essential. An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777 Book now.
Music by Leopold Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, John McLachlan and Piazzolla.
Tea, Coffee and tray bakes afterwards

FAMILY CONCERT AT THE GLEBE

Saturday 15th October, 12.30pm.
The Glebe House and Gallery, Churchill – Admission is FREE
Donegal Music Education Partnership´s Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras.
Works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, John McLachlan’s Dreams Adrift and music from the Disney movies

DONEGAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’s 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Sunday 16th October, 7 pm. An Grianan Theatre. Price €12 /€10 Book now.
Join the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and special guests for a celebration of 10 years of wonderful music-making by the DCO in Donegal and beyond. Past and present orchestra members will perform together on stage in a concert which promises to be one of the musical highlights of 2016 at An Grianan. The DCO’s programme will include works by Vivaldi, Sibelius, Elgar, Bartók and the “Inishowen Set” composed for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra in 2013 by Donegal based composer John McLachlan.

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La Bohéme: A Closer Look

Ahead of Opera Theatre Company’s production of La Bohéme at the end of the month, here’s a gallery of images from the opera to appeal to all you Romantic bohemians.

Set in 1930s Paris, a chance encounter in a freezing attic results in a red-hot affair between penniless poet Rodolfo and innocent seamstress Mimi. But will their love be strong enough to survive against the odds?

One of the most popular operas ever, Puccini’s memorable score, with ravishing music and thrilling arias, will enchant audiences of all ages, and this timeless classic promises a breathtaking and emotional experience.

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

Acclaimed Irish soprano Máire Flavin makes her role debut as Mimi in this production. A former OTC Young Associate Artist, Máire has also appeared with Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne and is a regular soloist with RTÉ NSO.

The role of Rodolfo is sung by Argentinian tenor Pablo Bemsch, who is a regular performer at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has also performed at Zürich Opera House and Opera de San Juan, Argentina. Pablo studied at Musikhochschule Stuttgart and was a member the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and also a member of Zürich Opera Studio.

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

La Boheme also stars Sinead Campbell-Wallace (Musetta), Charles Rice (Marcello), Padraic Rowan (Colline) and Rory Musgrave (Schaunard), together with a professional chorus of twelve and a thirteen member chamber orchestra conducted  by Andrew Greenwood.

La Bohème will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

 

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

 

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

 

Opera Theatre Company present La Boheme May 2016.

 

La bohème preview from Opera Theatre Company on Vimeo.

Opera Theatre Company present
La Bohéme
Wed 25 May at 8pm
Book now!

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Opera Professionals Descend on Donegal for Hansel and Gretel

In just over a week a plethora of international music talent will descend on Donegal to begin final rehearsals for the North West Opera’s lavish production of Hansel & Gretel.

Hansel and Gretel is a feast of fantasy, comedy and drama woven through with soaring arias, rich choral melodies and charming ballet sequences.

Anton Zapf conducts the North West Opera's  20 piece orchestra for Hansel and Gretel at An Grianán Theatre this November.

Anton Zapf will conduct the North West Opera’s 20 piece orchestra for Hansel and Gretel at An Grianán Theatre this November.

The NWO have been extremely fortunate to be able to welcome conductor Anton Zapf, who has worked with over 60 orchestras in 15 countries, including many national opera companies. It is Anton’s enthusiasm to be able to bring opera to all, and his long-standing friendship with NWO Musical Director Ann Jennings, that has drawn him to Donegal. He will lead a 20 piece orchestra of professional classical musicians drawn from all over Europe.

Ann Jennings (on piano) leads some of the adult chorus of Hansel and Gretel during rehearsals.

Ann Jennings (on piano) rehearses with some of the adult chorus of Hansel and Gretel.

The three principal soloists are all opera professionals of considerable experience.

The Witch/Mother is played by Soprano Ann Jennings, who has performed opera internationally for over 20 years.

Left to right: Anna-Louise Costello (Hansel) and Diana Bryan-McLaughlin (Gretel) in the North West Opera's Hansel and Gretel. An Grianan Theatre. Letterkenny November 2015

Left to right: Anna-Louise Costello (Hansel) and Diana Bryan-McLaughlin (Gretel) in the North West Opera’s Hansel and Gretel. An Grianan Theatre. Letterkenny November 2015

Hansel is played by Mayo born Anna-Louise Costello, a graduate of Dublin Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London and currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Gretel is played by American Soprano Diana Bryan-McLaughlin, trained by NY Met Soprano Sharon Christman, she has extensively performed in both traditional and modern opera works.

They are ably accompanied by the excellently trained North West Opera chorus, including the angelic sounding children’s chorus and ballet dancers from Zona Dance.

Dancers from Jessica People's Zona Dance Studios preparing for Hansel and Gretel.

Dancers from Jessica People’s Zona Dance Studios preparing for Hansel and Gretel.

About Hansel and Gretel

In Humperdinck’s native Germany, Hansel & Gretel is a hugely popular opera.

Since its first performance in 1893, it has captured the hearts of the audience and today is considered a national treasure. In fact the run up to Christmas in Germany would not be complete without it.

It is the perfect production if you already enjoy opera but also very accessible making it an ideal introduction to opera for newcomers.  The story on which it is based is universally known, and in addition this production will be sung in English making it easy to follow.

Hansel and Gretel follows on from the North West Opera’s highly successful productions of The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Boheme and La Traviata.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to see this beautiful grand opera on your doorstep!

Visit northwestoperaireland on facebook or go northwestopera.com for regular updates or see our event page to find out more or book tickets.

Hansel and Gretel
Fri 20 and Sat 21 Nov 2015 at 8pm
Tickets: €25, under 18s €18 Find out more

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Donegal Chamber Musical Festival 2015

Our friends at the Donegal Chamber Music Society are holding their second Donegal Chamber Musical Festival next week in the beautiful surrounds of Glenveagh National Park. With only 70 to 80 tickets available for the performances in the castle we highly recommend advance booking and you can so so exclusively via An Grianán’s box office.

The festival takes place from Friday 29th May to Sunday 7th of June. The combination of fine music and Glenveagh’s idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting is always a memorable experience. Seven concerts are planned for this Festival, which is held in association with Donegal Music Education Partnership (Donegal ETB), the Regional Cultural Centre & The Glebe Gallery.

Featuring a varied programme of events from orchestral to choral music, music and poetry, students concerts, classical music and Irish Gaelic songs, the DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL is an unmissable event for music lovers in the North West.

Well established local artists such as the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, Szabó-Yélamo String Duo, Dominic Mac Giolla Bhride, Denise Blake, the Conwal Singers and the Donegal Camerata will be performing in this year’s Festival as well as young players like flautist Amy Gillen from Bridgetown, Laghy and violinist Sarah Ponsonby from Letterkenny and the DMEP`s Junior & Intermediate String Orchestras.

The Donegal Chamber Music Society continues to promote contemporary music-making in Ireland; Letterkenny-born composer Derek Ball will be the featured composer of this year’s Festival.

By Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (Glenveagh National Park  Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Abobve: The Donegal Chamber Music Festival takes place in the idyllic surrounds of  Glenveagh National Park. Image by Michal Osmenda from Brussels, Belgium (Glenveagh National Park Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

FOUR CONCERTS DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND, A SUMMER CAMP AND THREE CONCERTS DURING THE SECOND WEEKEND

Seven concerts will be presented over two weekends in different locations around Glenveagh. Five of them take place at Glenveagh and the other two between the Glebe Gallery and the Regional Cultural Centre. This year’s Festival also includes a Summer Music Camp for Strings based at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.

Friday 29th May 8pm, Auditorium of the Visitor Centre, Glenveagh Castle [booking essential]

The opening concert features the Donegal Chamber Orchestra with guest flautist Amy Gillen (ESB Feis Ceoil prize-winners 2014) and music from the Baroque age to the present. The programme will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Russian composer Alexander Glazunov with his Variations for Strings Op. 97. Also included is music by Boyce, Delius, Mascagni, Vivaldi and Derek Ball’s ‘Monster of the Forest’.

Saturday 30th May 12.30pm in The Glebe Gallery [free]

A free Family concert follows in the nearby Glebe Gallery (beside Lough Gartan) at 12.30pm, given by the Junior Strings and the Intermediate Orchestras of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, with young violinist Sarah Ponsonby as soloist in Derek Ball’s Miniature Violin Concertos. Works by Gluck, Haydn, Grieg and music from the Disney movies will complete this lunchtime recital.

Sunday 31st May at 8pm, Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle [booking essential]

Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 51 “The Seven Last Words of Christ”. Haydn’s masterpiece will be performed in the Castle by the Donegal Camerata String Quartet. Celebrated local poet Denise Blake will read poems by Mark Strand between the movements of this wonderful music by Haydn, known as the ‘Father of the string quartet’.

Bank Holiday Monday 1st June at 6.30pm, Auditorium of the Visitor Centre [booking essential]

A Recital by acclaimed Gaoth Dobhair seán-nós singer and composer Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde, who will perform alongside Donegal Camerata for an evening that includes both Classical Music and traditional Irish songs. This recital takes place in the Auditorium of the Visitor Centre at Glenveagh.

Friday 5th of June at 8pm, RCC Letterkenny [free]

Music Education.

The second weekend of the Festival starts with the Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Chamber Music for Strings Programme at the Regional Cultural Centre. The course is led by the Szabó-Yélamo String Duo. This wife-and-husband ensemble is well known to music lovers across the North West and has a strong relationship with Letterkenny’s cultural venue. A Students’ Concert by participants of this course will take place on Friday 5th June in the RCC, Letterkenny at 8pm. This concert is free: voluntary donations will be welcome.

The festival returns to Glenveagh Castle for the last two events . Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited seating accommodation, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre; patrons are advised to book early!  See below for booking details.

Saturday 6th June 8pm, Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle [booking essential]

This is the day for Choral Music Lovers. The Festival presents “Songs for a Summer Evening” with the Conwal Singers conducted by Karen Patton. This four-part chamber choir, based in Letterkenny, will offer a programme including music by Saint-Saens, Delibes, Bob Chilcott, Janequin and Derek Ball’s Five Tagore Songs.

Sunday 7th June at 6.30pm. Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle [booking essential]

“Serenades at the Castle” is the title of this year Festival’s closing concert. The Donegal Camerata String Quintet will perform a programme that includes Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’(in its original instrumentation for string quintet), Derek Ball’s Brian Rae’s Berceuse, Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Liber tango as well as Barber’s Adagio, among other pieces.

The 2nd Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh National Park runs from Friday May 29th – Sunday June 7th.

Tickets can be booked at An Grianán Theatre Box Office: 074 9120777 or online at www.angrianan.ticketsolve. com You can collect your tickets at An Grianán in advance but don’t worry if you can’t. We will send the tickets to Glenveagh on the day for collection at the venue.

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Donegal Chamber Music Festival at Glenveagh National Park

The Donegal Chamber Music Society are hosting the first ever Donegal Chamber Music Festival this weekend, Fri 30 May to Sun 1 June.  You can purchase tickets in advance through our box office now on 0749120777 or online here (booking fees apply).

The festival is taking place in the beautiful setting of Glenveagh National Park. The Castle and estate, open to the public since 1986, lies midway between Letterkenny and Gweedore. The combination of fine music and Glenveagh, with its idyllic lake, garden and mountain setting, is always a memorable experience. FOUR CONCERTS WILL BE PRESENTED BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, see below. As always, the Donegal Chamber Music Society promotes contemporary music-making in Ireland; the music of established Irish composer Vincent Kennedy (familiar to many from his outstanding work with the Donegal Youth Orchestra) will feature in each of the concerts, and some of them will be given their premiere in this Festival.

Two evening concerts will be presented in the Castle drawing-room: the Friday concert features local and international instrumentalists with guest flautist Sarah Murphy. The Sunday concert will be given by the Donegal Camerata String Quintet. Glenveagh’s intimate drawing-room has limited seating accommodation, and concert guests have to be conveyed to the Castle by minibus from the Visitors Centre; patrons are advised to book in advance.

There will be two concerts on the Saturday: a free lunchtime concert in the nearby Glebe Gallery (beside Lough Gartan), given by the Junior String Orchestra of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, and an afternoon “Coffee Concert” in the Glenveagh Visitors Centre, featuring the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, with guest singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde. The “Coffee Concert” will include music by Bartók, Britten, Hindemith and Tchaikovsky, as well as traditional Irish songs accompanied by the orchestra.

The concerts:

FRIDAY 30TH MAY 8pm

Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.

Admission: €20

Sarah Murphy, flute; Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, violin; Lucia Spacirova, viola; Víctor Yélamo, cello

Music by W. A. Mozart, C. P. E. Bach, Charles Hubert Parry& Vincent Kennedy

SATURDAY 31ST MAY 12:30pm

Lunchtime Concert in the Glebe Gallery.

Admission is FREE. (No booking required)

Donegal Music Education Partnership’s Junior String Orchestra and Friends

Music by Bach, Gluck, Grieg and others

SATURDAY 31ST MAY 5pm

Coffee Concert in the Auditorium of Visitors Centre, Glenveagh National Park.

Admission: €10

Donegal Chamber Orchestra with Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride

Music by Bártok, Britten, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky plus sean-nós singer songs in special arrangement with String Orchestra

SUNDAY 1ST JUNE 8pm

Drawing Room, Glenveagh Castle.

Admission: €20

Donegal Camerata String Quintet

Music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Barber and Vincent Kennedy

Book tickets in advance through our box office now on 074 912 0777 or online here (booking fees apply).

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