West Cork high­lights

Irish Examiner - - Arts -

Pi­ano Plus: It is the year of the French as the fes­ti­val hosts two win­ners of the Dublin Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion who launched in­ter­na­tional ca­reers 30 years apart. Both the first and last win­ners, Philippe Cas­sard and Nathalia Mill­stein, per­form at Bantry House on July 2. Cas­sard marks the cen­te­nary of De­bussy with a per­for­mance of Les Préludes. Mill­stein re­turns the next day to play De­bussy’s cello sonata with An­dreas Bran­telid.

Fe­male Fo­cus: The fes­ti­val has sought out works by women. In ad­di­tion to the premiere of Deirdre Grib­bin’s ‘Kin­der­sang’, there are pre­mieres of work by Sally Beamish, Lera Auer­bach and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Meet the mak­ers: A reg­u­lar fea­ture of the fes­ti­val is the gath­er­ing of the small ded­i­cated band of mas­ter crafts­men; the vi­o­lin and bow mak­ers who carry on the tra­di­tion of the age-old craft of mak­ing and restora­tion. You can view their wares and watch them at work. Brus­sels based bow maker Robert Pierce and French luthier Pa­trick Robin will give in­sights into vi­o­lin mak­ing at two mid­week talks.

Fringe events: Eight per­for­mances will take place around lunch time at a wide va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions such as Bantry Town, Gar­nish Is­land and Dur­rus. This year will also in­clude Glebe Gar­dens in Baltimore and Sk­ib­bereen Town. Cork per­cus­sion­ists Alex Petcu and Caitri­ona Frost and the Lon­don Cham­ber Brass are among the eight en­sem­bles sched­uled to per­form.

West Cork Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, June 29 - July 8

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