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Galway Bay is Calling

Leisureland Salthill, Galway, Galway, Ireland

Galway Jam Circle Voice of Galway  Galway Camerata Naomi Berrill, cello Matthew Berrill, conductor    Galway Bay is Calling is a collaborative community project that Music for Galway (and Cellissimo 2024) is running in partnership with the Galway Atlantaquaria (GA) and ATU. It involves three community music groups, three marine specialists (Garry Kendellen, Dr. Maria…

Songs of Travel: The Journey Begins

Leisureland Salthill, Galway, Galway, Ireland

Mary Robinson, speaker National Symphony Orchestra Martyn Brabbins, conductor Alban Gerhardt, cello Jakob Koranyi, cello Finghin Collins, piano   DJURO ZIVKOVIC Cello and piano concerto MARY ROBINSON  Keynote address on Climate Justice SHOSTAKOVICH Cello concerto No. 2 MENDELSSOHN Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage    Join the National Symphony Orchestra and a star-studded cast for the…

Cellissimo Festival Club

JEKYLL - Hyde Bar Galway

Saturday 18 May to Friday 24 May at 10pm And after a full day of music, why not head to Jeckyll to relax in good company and some of the finest Traditional Irish music to be had in town. Fiddle player par excellence Michael Chang is hosting some of the best players every night from…

The Story of a Cello

Black Box Theatre

Irish Chamber Orchestra Katherine Hunka, director Camille Thomas, cello   SIBELIUS Andante Festivo CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A minor WQ170 CHOPIN (arr. Franchomme) Funeral March   Raindrop Prelude FRANCHOMME Air Russe Varié GRIEG Holberg Suite   French cellist Camille Thomas is in demand all over the world, enchanting audiences with her flawless technique and…

International Student Programme – Masterclasses

Cellissimo 2024 includes an International Student Programme (ISP) that will take place in Galway city from 20 May to 24 May 2024. Eight recent graduates from across Europe will take part in the Masterclasses, have the opportunity to perform pop-up concerts in Galway and also take part in the Cellissimo Spectacular concert and the student…

Bach Plus Series

A Tale of Sixes! Just as the six monumental Bach Cello Suites form the core of the entire solo cello repertoire, the Bach Plus Series forms the core of Cellissimo. Each day at 1.00pm, starting on Monday 20th May, we present a different cellist in the heart of Galway, in the historic setting of St…

Songs of Travel: Evaluation Workshop

Siobhan Mckenna Theatre, University of Galway

With Songs of Travel we have set ourselves clear aims: Through the presentation of co-commissioned music, we want to raise the empathy of all stakeholders towards the environment and towards people who are forced to migrate. Did we reach our goal?  We are looking for a group of fifteen audience members who have attended at…

Nicolas Altstaedt & Friends

Town Hall Theatre Town Hall Theatre, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway, Ireland

Nicolas Altstaedt, cello José Gallardo, piano Barnabas Kelemen, violin NADIA BOULANGER Trois Pièces pour violoncelle et piano MARTINU Variations on a Slovak Theme   KODÁLY Duo for violin and cello DVORÁK Dumky Trio   German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought-after and versatile cellists of our time. For his long-awaited Galway debut,…

Documentary Film Screening “Living the Tradition”

Nun’s Island Theatre

Living the Tradition is the journey of cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah around Ireland in a search for undiscovered secrets of ten Irish Airs. Along the way she meets with renowned Irish musicians, scholars and local characters who share with her the history and stories behind the music.   Ilse performs each of…

Artist Profile:
Rachel Croash

Dublin Soprano Rachel Croash was a member of the inaugural Irish National Opera Studio and the Cork Opera House Cara O’Sullivan Associate Artists. Awards include the Wexford Festival Opera Aria Friends Award and the WFO & PwC Emerging Artist Bursary. Rachel recently made her Swiss debut as Mathilde (Guillaume Tell) with Nouvel Opéra Fribourg. Other…

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Natalie Clein

Described by the Times as 'mesmerising' and 'soaringly passionate', British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. She records regularly with Hyperion, and has recorded the two Cello Concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns as well as Bloch's Schelomo and Bruch's Kol Nidrei with the BBC Scottish…

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Neil Martin

Belfast-born Neil Martin is a composer and musician who enjoys a most varied and rewarding career. Recent compositions include an opera - Nobody/Somebody (2023), a violin concerto - dall’ombra (2022), the RTS award-winning score for Lost Lives (2020), theatre scores and chamber music. Amongst other works are – Sweeney (2018), an orchestral song cycle; an…

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Nicolas Altstaedt

German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt is one of the most sought after and versatile artists today. As a soloist, conductor, and artistic director, he performs repertoire spanning from early music to the contemporary, playing on period and modern instruments. Season 2022/23 includes debuts with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer as well as on tour with…

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National Symphony Orchestra

Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland Chief Conductor: Jaime Martín Founded in 1948, the National Symphony Orchestra has been at the centre of Ireland’s cultural life for 75 years. Resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall since its opening in 1981, it is a leading force in Irish music through its varied, year-long programmes…

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Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile is Travel Editor with The Irish Independent and a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller, among other international publications. He has been named Travel Writer of the Year in both Ireland and the UK, and as a travel expert features regularly on national TV & radio, most often on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny…

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Stephanie Dufresne

Stephanie Dufresne is a dancer, actor and choreographer from the West of Ireland based in Dublin. Stephanie holds a BA in Dance from the Rotterdam Dance Academy and is a graduate of the full-time programme for Screen Acting at the Bow Street Academy, Smithfield. Since graduating Stephanie has enjoyed combining her skills in a variety…

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William Butt

William Butt was born in London and started his musical career early as a chorister in St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle. After graduating from the RNCM with Moray Welsh he then continued his studies at McGill University in Montreal with Antonio Lysy. He has since enjoyed a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and…

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Adrian Mantu

Dr Adrian Mantu is the cellist/founder of the ConTempo Quartet (1995), Galway Ensemble in Residence since 2003 and RTE’s National Quartet since 2013. He is the winner of 16 International Prizes (London, Munich, Berlin, Prague, Bucharest, Hamburg, Rome), performing over 3000 concerts in 46 countries (in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonic, Tel-Aviv Opera,…

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Catherine Cotter

Catherine Cotter is a student at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studies with Amanda Truelove. She began her studies with Aisling Drury-Byrne in 2009 in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she later studied under Christopher Marwood. She was on continuous scholarship from the age of 11 at the RIAM.…

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Katherine Hunka

“ a beguiling melt in the mouth sonority….a silver purity enhanced by a magical instinct for cantabile” BBC Music Magazine. Born in London, Katherine studied at the Royal Academy of Music and furthered her studies in the USA at Indiana University where she also acted as teaching assistant to her professor, Mauricio Fuks. She has…