ConTempo Quartet headline busy Chamber Music Fest

A performance in Glenveagh Castle by one of Europe’s leading string quartets is among the highlights of the 5th Donegal Chamber Music Festival, which happens over the next few days. The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet (pictured below), in concert on Monday night (15th) at 7.30pm, have played across the world in prestigious venues ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York to the […]

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Big stir over Tiny Concert!

It may be the smallest concert ever held in Donegal – and it’s happening tonight (Fri) in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny as part of Culture Night. The Tiny Concert is being held from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in music room 2 of the RCC, which usually hosts piano lessons. The audience is limited to 20 people (at a pinch). […]

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‘Come and Try’ music sessions in Ballyshannon and Donegal Town

Well-known musicians from the Donegal Music Education Partnership will be visiting Donegal Town and Ballyshannon next Tuesday (11th) for ‘Come and Try’ music sessions. The sessions will be held in the Adult Education centre in Donegal, from 5pm to around 6.30pm, and Coláiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon, from 7.15pm. Anyone who might be interested in taking up an instrument can come […]

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From Carnegie Hall to Kilclooney!

There’s a chance to hear one of Ireland’s leading young singers, Kerry Stamp (pictured below), in concert with pianist Shaun Ryan at the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney on Friday night (27th) at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of the Jim Rafferty Foundation. Kerry is a rising star in the Irish music scene. She has performed with Anúna, sung at […]

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Donegal Junior Strings at the Glebe

Have just been helping with a little blurb for what’s become an annual lunchtime concert for the Donegal Junior String Orchestra at the Glebe Gallery Courtyard. This year it’s on Saturday 3rd October. The concert is part of the Wainfest festival throughout Donegal, and also part of the 5th Donegal Chamber Music Festival. The most recent outing for Donegal Junior […]

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Attention young musicians, your future awaits!

Well, sort of. Couple of opportunities from the latest email newsletter from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (arrived today Mon 18th) – 1. Camerata Ireland Academy, 16 – 21 August 2018 Camarata Ireland are now accepting applications from outstanding young musicians to participate in the Camerata Ireland Academy at the Clandeboye Festival taking place from 16-21 August. The festival […]

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All happening at the Castle!

Highly-rated acoustic outfit Pine the Pilcrow from Dublin are on the bill for the ‘Soiree at the Castle’ at Glenveagh Castle tonight (Fri 1st June). Also performing are the Donegal Youth Choir under conductor Sara Laughlin and a new string quartet created by members of Donegal Youth Orchestra. Pine the Pilcrow have been nominated for an IMRO music award and […]

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Youth Orchestra and brass band join forces in Glenties

The Donegal Youth Orchestra will cap a wonderful few weeks with an end-of-year concert at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties on Sunday week (20th) at 3pm. The orchestra, conducted by the well-known composer, conductor and performer Vincent Kennedy from Dublin, will be joined by the Glenties Brass Band for what promises to be a special musical occasion. This will be […]

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Music lovers wanted for Susan Steward Project

The Donegal Music Education Partnership is looking for volunteers with an interest in music to help catalogue a major music collection. The collection of the late Susan Steward, a violin teacher from the Barnesmore area of Donegal Town, is held by Donegal County Council. Work begins soon on the project. It will involve a three hour commitment from volunteers each […]

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