Welcome to the Music for Galway Programme

It gives us enormous pleasure and pride to unveil this exceptional series of concerts which Music for Galway has programmed as part of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. This once-in-a-generation opportunity for Galway city and county has allowed us to programme on a more ambitious scale than anyone would ever have thought possible.

Our year starts and ends with the magnificent music of Beethoven, a quarter of a millennium old.

Between these milestones of the Midwinter Festival in January and the Ninth Symphony in December, we unveil the first edition of Cellissimo, our new triennial festival, in April / May, featuring a dazzling array of music and musicians.

In June we present Paper Boat, a newly-commissioned community opera celebrating 700 years of St Nicholas Collegiate Church.

Throughout the year, and commencing on Good Friday, we present Abendmusik, a new series of Sunday concerts, also in St. Nicholas’ Church. We also include details of our Autumn 2019 series, acting as a kind of bookend or lead-up to the exciting events of 2020.

We look forward to an unforgettable year of music!

Finghin Collins, Artistic Director
Mark Duley, Associate Artistic Director for 2020


2020 – A time of growth for MfG

2020 has become an important year not only for Galway, but also for Music for Galway. Being tasked with programming the main pillars of the classical music programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture spurred a growth in our organisation. We are happy to have brought Suzanne Black on board to help us in the office and for 2020 we have the great pleasure of working with Mark Duley as associate artistic director. 

We are proud to present the first edition of Cellissimo in 2020. We call it the first edition as we envisage this festival to become a triennial event in Galway and so I refer you to the SUPPORT US page where you’ll find details of how you may help. As every year, we hope that many of you will join as MfG Friends – you are our core, our sounding board. You may opt to join for our 39th Season Bookends, which covers concerts in Autumn of 2019 and then again in Spring of 2021 (details to be announced). For €100 you can join for our MfG Bookends Season and all of 2020. We continue to offer our MfG Friends many benefits and a special rate on our main concerts. Click here to become a MfG Friend.

A big thank you goes to all our funders and sponsors – thanks to their financial support we can bring you all the wonders you see in our programme.

Creating these Soundscapes has been a challenge that we met thanks to the support of a highly skilled and dedicated Board of Directors who have been there throughout, to contribute, guide and steady us. And so now we are thrilled to invite you to come and explore with us.

Happy listening,

Anna Lardi Fogarty, Executive Director