Hyeyoon Park, Judi Jackson, Inmo Yang, Claudia Boyle and Sitkovetsky Trio for West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival 2024

Judi Jackson

Hyeyoon Park, Judi Jackson, Inmo Yang, Claudia Boyle and Sitkovetsky Trio for West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival 2024

A new work by Abigail Smith, 'Wild West for Bassoon and Piano', which has won the festival's composition competition, will be performed on 18 May.

The West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival, which is now in its eighth year, will take place from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 May. The festival will present nine concerts in venues such as Russborough House, St Mary’s Church and the Tramway Theatre in Blessington. 

This year’s festival features a range of leading classical performers. The opening night will feature a performance by violinist Hyeyoon Park – who in 2009 became the youngest ever winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich – and she will be joined by French horn player Ben Goldscheider and festival founder and pianist Fiachra Garvey. The  programme will include duos by Clara and Robert Schumann, horn trios by Huw Watkins and Brahms, and a sonata for horn and piano by American composer Edith Borroff. Park and Goldscheider will also give two masterclasses at the National Concert Hall and the Royal Irish Academy of Music on Thursday morning (16 May). 

On Friday 17 May, the Sitkovetsky Trio – comprising violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, pianist Wu Qian and cellist Isang Enders – will present a programme of piano works including the Piano Trio in A minor by Tchaikovsky and Freakshow by Irish composer Sam Perkin, as well as trios by Cécile Chaminade. That evening in Russborough House, cellist Ailbhe McDonagh, who recently released a recording of the complete Bach solo cello suites, will perform two of the suites, No. 2 in D minor and No. 3 in C major.

The festival’s Rising Stars Concert will this year include bassoonist Maria O’Dea and pianist Luke Lally Maguire, both of whom are currently studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The duo will perform works by Grovlez, Ravel and Hindemith, as well as Wild West for Bassoon and Piano by Abigail Smith, the winning work from the festival’s composition competition, a partnership with the Contemporary Music Centre.

Jazz singer Judi Jackson – Vocalist of the Year at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards – will perform with her ensemble at the Tramway Theatre in Blessington on 18 May. Her concert will include her own arrangements of jazz classics by Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald along with original works. 

There will also be a concert by Korean violinist Inmo Yang – a winner of both the Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and the Premio Paganini International Competition – and French pianist Yannick Rafalimanana (16 May); Quatuor Arod string quartet (18 May); and a family event with the Irish Chamber Orchestra Wind Quintet (19 May). The festival will close with a recital by acclaimed soprano Claudia Boyle, baritone Gyula Nagy and Fiachra Garvey performing opera arias and duets by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Bizet and Verdi, as well as works inspired by folk songs from Ireland and Hungary.

For further details and tickets, visit www.westwicklowfestival.com.

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Published on 2 May 2024

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