East Meets West down in the south
EAST MEETS WEST FESTIVAL St Mary’s Church, Pope’s Qy, Cork & CIT Cork School of Music Fri-Mon 1850-788789 Singapore’s T’ang Quartet (above) were one of the successes of the 2006 West Cork Chamber Music Festival. They’re back in Cork this weekend, not at the festival’s base in Bantry House, but in the auditorium of the new CIT Cork School of Music, where they’re guests at the East Meets West Festival.
This new festival, presented by West Cork Music in association with the Cork School of Music and the Cork Orchestral Society, falls somewhere between the earlier Easter festivals featuring the Callino Quartet at Bantry House, and the much larger European Quartet Week held in Cork city in 2005.
The Callinos share the bill with the T’angs, and the other performers include pianists Finghin Collins and Sophie Cashell (winner of the BBC’s Classical Star competition, who appears on her own as well as with the Cashell Piano Trio), and horn player Conor Palliser.
The repertoire ranges from Haydn’s Seven Last Words (in a free Good Friday concert by the Callinos, the single event in the festival scheduled for St Mary’s Church), through octets by Shostakovich and Svendsen, to quartets by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh and Henryk Górecki.