Class acts for Mayo ham­let

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The pic­turesque ham­let of Bofeenaun, Co Mayo may not be syn­ony­mous with world-class clas­si­cal mu­sic, but for one week­end ev­ery sum­mer Mayo Sum­mer Clas­sics brings a lit­tle bit of cul­ture to the tiny vil­lage.

The se­ries be­gan in 2004 as a one-night event or­gan­ised by lo­cal Tom Row­land, whose brother-in­law, Iain King, is a re­spected Scot­tish vi­o­lin­ist. Over the years, the de­mand for tick­ets has been so high that the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee ex­tended it to two nights. It will take place on July 16th and 18th this year.

“I think what makes the con­certs in Bofeenaun so unique and pop­u­lar is that the whole set up,” said Row­land. “The am­bi­ence we’ve cre­ated is very in­for­mal, de­signed to make the mu­sic more ac­ces­si­ble.”

This year’s guests are Korean-born, Juil­liard­trained cel­list Su-a Lee, pi­anist Caro­line Clem­mow, and King. mayosum­mer­clas­sics.com

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