Music for Galway (MfG) is the supreme platform for excellence in international classical music performance in Galway and the West of Ireland. It offers a diverse and stimulating seasonal programme, from solo recitals to chamber music performances, operatic productions and orchestral galas.
MfG has presented internationally renowned artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy, the Halle Orchestra, Barry Douglas, Evelyn Glennie, Emma Johnson, Nicola Benedetti, Wolfgang Holzmair and Peter Donohue. It collaborates regularly with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, and Irish National Opera. It was instrumental in setting up ConTempo, the Galway Ensemble in Residence, at the heart of the Galway Music Residency.
Conceived in 1981 to provide access to international and national classical musical experiences for local audiences, which were largely unavailable outside of Dublin city at the time, it has become a valued music resource organisation. Besides promoting concerts, MfG has developed music as an art form through many activities: the organisation supports musicians by providing a platform to perform, it commissions composers, it is increasingly active in programming for children, and advocates for proper infrastructure for music in the West.
Music for Galway’s Artistic Director is acclaimed international pianist, Dubliner Finghin Collins. American composer Jane O’Leary was MfG’s founding Artistic Director from 1981 to 2013. Anne Ó Máille is Chairperson of Music for Galway. Anna Lardi is the company’s Executive Director.
MfG is delivering the main pillars of the classical music programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Its flagship project CELLISSIMO – a new triennial cello festival for the West of Europe – is being launched as part of the ECOC programme.