Derry prepares to welcome world-class classical music artists – Derry Daily

Brodsky Quartet arrives at the Walled City Festival later this month

The Walled City Music Festival returns to Derry from June 23-26 for its first live festival since 2020.

One of the city’s last live music events before lockdown in March 2020, the Festival is very excited to make a return to live music making and will do so with a stellar line-up of internationally acclaimed guest musicians from around the world. . .

Opening the festival program on Thursday, June 23, the Brodsky Quartet celebrates its remarkable 50 years with a stunning concert scheduled for Christ Church.

Based in England, with Derry-born member and violist Paul Cassidy, the award-winning quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on major stages around the world and released over 60 recordings.

They will perform alongside Festival Co-Artistic Directors Cathal Breslin (piano) and Sabrina Hu (flute).

On Friday June 24, the Ulster Orchestra returns to the Millennium Forum for a very special concert with local band Acoustronic.

Acoustronic is made up of musicians with and without disabilities who use advanced technology, alongside traditional musical instruments, to compose and perform original music.

Their Music Director, Frank Lyons, says: “I have been leading the Acoustronic ensemble for over eight years now and while much has changed, including the advancement and accessibility of technology, one thing has remained constant: Acoustronic’s creativity and talent are second to none.”

The concert will feature the world premiere of their brand new piece, ‘Zoom Time’, composed by Acoustronic and Lyons.

Friday’s concert will also feature Beethoven’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by the Derry-born pianist and Festival Co-Artistic Director Cathal Breslin, along with other orchestral favorites from Ireland’s premier symphony orchestra. North.

On Saturday June 25, the Festival will welcome New York’s Sandbox Percussion to the Cultúrlann Theater for a full performance of their latest album “Seven Pillars”, composed by American percussionist Andy Akiho.

Described as “exhilarating” by The New York Times and “utterly mesmerizing” by The Guardian, the GRAMMY®-nominated ensemble has established itself as one of the leading promoters of contemporary percussion chamber music.

Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning.

The 13th Walled City Music Festival will wrap up its schedule of events on Sunday, June 26 with a free family event held at St. Augustine’s Church on the Walls.

The Mill Ave Chamber Players of Phoenix, Arizona, who will have performed at 8 local elementary schools throughout the week of the festival, will perform Aesop’s Fables composed by bassoonist and ensemble member Thomas Breadon Jr.

The short play explores and expands on the beloved and well-known tales of Aesop’s Fables, including “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”. The event is free and families are welcome.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support the Walled City Music Festival through Lottery players. national.

“It’s fantastic to see the Festival once again welcoming the public for performances after a few difficult years for the sector.

“Congratulations to the team for putting on such a quality, world-class international program and I encourage everyone to go out there and enjoy it!”

For tickets and information visit:

Full Festival program, June 22 – 26, 2022

Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June

Mill Ave Chamber Players

Local primary schools (x 8)

Thursday June 23

Brodsky Quartet and Friends

Church of Christ, 7:30 p.m.

friday june 24

Composer workshop with Sandbox Percussion, Cultúrlann, 2 p.m.

Acoustronic and Ulster Orchestra, Millennium Forum, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday June 25

Percussion sandbox

Culturelann, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday June 26

Mill Ave Chamber Players

St. Augustine’s Church, 12 p.m.

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