KBC Music Great in Irish Houses Festival
The six-day KBC Great Music in Irish Houses festival is taking place from 11th – 16th June and will feature 11 world-class performances by leading international artists in iconic buildings across Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.
Concerts by Bach specialist, Angela Hewitt, and legendary clarinettist, Michael Collins are amongst the highlights this year. There is also a remarkable feast of string quartets and quintets by some of today’s finest exponents of this wonderful music and a four-concert showcase of the chamber music of Benjamin Britten, commemorating the centenary of his birth.
Festival venues range from the traditional and historic to contemporary and rejuvenated sites. For the first time there will be a performance in, The Irish Waterways Visitor Centre, affectionately known as “The Box on the Docks” and a return to perennial favourites, Killruddery House and Castletown House, birth-place of the Festival.
Convenient City centre venues include The Freemason’s Hall, Molesworth Street; The Peppercanister Church on Mount Street and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on Parnell Square ,which is offering a free concert to Festival patrons as part of the Benjamin Britten micro-festival.
Historic Dublin sites are Christ Church Cathedral, where the Heath Quartet will be joined by the brilliant clarinettist, Michael Collins and Dublin’s ‘oldest newest Theatre’, Smock Alley where celebrated Irish tenor and acknowledged Britten interpreter, Robin Tritschler joins an international line-up of musicians in highlighting Britten’s remarkable music.
Ireland’s home of music, the National Concert Hall, partners the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses for the first time, providing an apt spacious location for the celebrated Canadian pianist, Angela Hewitt.
Tickets for all festival events will be available from the National Concert Hall Box Office www.nch.ie and +3531 417 0000.
The Complete Programme:
Tuesday, 11th June
- Apollon Musagète Quartet
- Killruddery House. 8.00pm. Tickets €50
Wednesday, 12th June
- Paul McNamara (tenor) and Philip Mayers (piano).
- St Stephen’s Church, ‘Peppercanister’. 7.00pm. Tickets from €15
- Alina Ibraginova (violin) and Steven Osborne (piano)
- Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre. 9.00pm. Tickets €20
Thursday, 13th June
- Angela Hewitt (piano)
- The National Concert Hall. 8.00pm. Tickets from €15
Friday, 14th June
- Michael Collins (clarinet) and Heath Quartet
- Christ Church Cathedral. 8.00pm. Tickets from €15
Saturday, 15th June
- Heath Quartet and Iulian Pusca (pan flute)
- Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. 12.00 noon. Tickets from €10
- Pavel Haas Quartet and Maxim Rysanov (viola)
- Castletown House. 8.00pm. Tickets €50
Sunday, 16th June – Benjamin Britten Day
Tickets for this one-day event start from €10 and a full-day ticket for all concerts can be purchased for €40. The opening concert is free to all festival-goers.
- Guy Johnston (cello), Maxim Rysanov (viola) and Finghin Collins (piano)
- Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. 12 Noon. Free Concert
- Pavel Haas Quartet
- Smock Alley Theatre. 3.00pm
- Guy Johnston (cello)
- Smock Alley Theatre. 6.30pm
- Robin Tritschler (tenor) and Martin Martineau (piano)
- Smock Alley Theatre. 7.30pm