Music for Galway presents

9 Days and Nights of International Classic and Contemporary Music from the Edge of Europe

Galway, Ireland: May 18 – 26, 2024

In May 2024, Cellissimo will strike a chord with Irish and international music audiences, as many of the world’s most acclaimed classical and contemporary composers, conductors, orchestras, artists, musicians, and performers gather at the edge of Europe to celebrate the power and beauty of the cello.

Presented by Music for Galway, Ireland’s most exciting new classical music festival will fill the venues, theatres, highways and byways of Galway city and county, with the sounds and stories of classic and contemporary music. Feast on brand new commissioned works, intimate chamber concerts, sumptuous orchestral galas, pop up performances, community participation, theatre, dance, gaming, masterclasses, talks and more.

The full 9 day and night programme for Cellissimo 2024 will be announced in February. To whet appetites (and for the perfect Christmas gift!) selected advance concert tickets are now on-sale including performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, Nicolas Altstaedt, Naomi Berrill, José Gallardo, Barnabas Kelemen, Alban Gerhardt, Jakob Koranyi, Finghin Collins and more. Click on the images below to get your tickets. If you wish to gift tickets to a loved one, contact us on at 091 705962.

A dynamic, inclusive, accessible celebration of superb music, Cellissimo will appeal to classical aficionados and first timers alike. A magnificent soundtrack in a magical setting. Discover the concerts now on-sale, and book or gift tickets for Cellissimo 2024 today.

Cellissimo is made possible by Creative Europe Cooperation Project Fund, The Arts Council, Galway City Council, AIB Community Fund, Dunard Fund USA, Lifes2good Foundation, Optique Opticians, Techrete, The Connacht Hotel Group and Tigh Neachtain.

Selected concerts on sale now - the perfect Christmas gift!

18 May 2024, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

18 May 2024, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

BACH PLUS SERIES                   
20 May to 24 May 2024                 

24 May 2024, 8.00pm to 10.00pm

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We are incredibly grateful for the financial and in-kind support that Music for Galway receives from government, agencies, organisations, groups, and individuals. It is this investment through funding, awards, donations, and ticket sales that ensures we can continue our 42 years of work, nurturing classical seedlings, uplifting artists and communities, and bringing the joy of music to audiences across the West of Ireland.

If you are in a position to support our ambitions to develop and grow Cellissimo into Europe’s most extraordinary triennial celebration of the cello and the cellist and would like to help us ensure the festival is accessible to all to attend, participate and enjoy, your contribution would be hugely welcomed and very much appreciated.

To donate, click the button below to go to our fundraiser page.


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