St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music Castletownshend, Co Cork, barrahanemusic.ie
The 37th Festival of Music, a chamber music series that runs from mid-July to mid-August in Castletownshend, got under way last week. The long-established Thursday evening concerts features flute, viola and harp trios from Musici Ireland (tonight), the Irish Guitar Quartet (August 3rd), and Jessie Kennedy with guests The Vespertine Quartet, Patsy Puttnam and Maurice Seezer (August 10th). But this year’s programme adds a new strand of Saturday afternoon (4pm) concerts with St Mary’s Church Choir from Wimbledon (July 29th), early music from Ensemble Dagda (August 5th), and the Stavros Youth Choir from Russia (Saturday 19th). And it’s all achieved with support from Cork County Council rather than the Arts Council.