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A Remarkable Event

PAUL SARCICH visits the
West Cork Chamber Music Festival

 

Anyone contemplating setting up an unlikely music festival in an unlikely place should probably have a word with Francis Humphreys, for fifteen years now the dynamo who has powered the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in the far south-west of Ireland. I suspect he would say three things: firstly, pick a venue with charm and atmosphere. The delightful coastal town of Bantry boasts Bantry House as the main concert venue, a stately home with a lived-in rather than sanitised feel. Having superb formal gardens on three sides and a glorious view over the bay doesn't hurt the ambience either.

Secondly, I think he would have something to say about being fearless in the programming -- putting up the unfamiliar with the favourites...

Copyright © 4 August 2010 Paul Sarcich,
London UK

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WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

BANTRY HOUSE

IRELAND

ARVO PAERT

FRANZ SCHUBERT

E J MOERAN

FRANCIS POULENC

SERGEY PROKOFIEV

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

LEOS JANACEK

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

PAUL HINDEMITH

JOHANNES BRAHMS

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

GEORGE ENESCU

ERNEST CHAUSSON

CHARLES IVES

SAMUEL BARBER

VADIM GLUZMAN

RTE VANBRUGH QUARTET

CHAMBER MUSIC

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