In light of the current Covid-19 situation, the board of Music for Galway in consultation with Galway 2020 has decided to postpone all events until the end of June of 2020. These include the already postponed

  • concerts of the Abendmusik Series 1 and 2
  • festival CELLISSIMO

and in addition to that now also:

  • concerts of the Abendmusik Series 3 and 4
  • the community opera Paper Boat in association with Irish National Opera

The Executive Director of Music for Galway Anna Lardi Fogarty said “As major projects within the programme of Galway European Capital of Culture 2020, these projects have been in the planning phase for three years. It is with great regret that this decision to postpone has been taken, but current circumstances simply do not leave us with an alternative. This is to safeguard audiences, participants and artists alike. With all the work and creativity and financial resources already invested in these fantastic projects, Music for Galway is resolved to seeing these delivered at a later date.”

For anyone that has booked tickets, there are three options:
1. Full refund
2. Rescheduling, where applicable
3. You also have the option to donate the value of one or more of the tickets to Music for Galway
Please contact your point of sale and they will facilitate any option you may choose.

We will continue to inform you of any changes through the following channels:

the News section of the MfG website:

the MfG newsletter:

the Cellissimo newsletter (link to sign up) :




If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact MfG via email or on 00353 (0)91 705962.


Official Communication from Music for Galway: SoundScapes

MfG continue to monitor the situation with regard to measures against Covid 19, and are following government and HSE directives.

We are working closely with Galway 2020 and shall keep the situation under review: at present all of our productions in April and onwards are going ahead as planned.

We will inform you of any changes through the following channels:

Here on the news section of our website

the MfG newsletter (link to sign up) :

the Cellissimo newsletter (link to sign up) :




If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact MfG via email or on 00353 (0)91 705962.

The Galway Cello

What a beauty! Take a look at the Claddagh scroll. Have you ever seen anything like it?

The Galway Cello is one of the most exciting and unique aspects of CELLISSIMO. To include one of the main themes of Galway 2020, landscape, and taking their cue from an original concept by Philip Fogarty, Music for Galway has commissioned a new instrument to be fashioned from timbers grown in Co. Galway. The Galway Cello has been made by Kuros Torkzadeh, a distinguished luthier who lived and worked in Galway for over two decades before moving to Co. Wicklow.

Kuros Torkzadeh trained in his native Germany and in the UK and specialises in the making and restoring of violins and cellos. He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for his craft and combines it with his deep love of the West of Ireland

During his training Kuros was given the opportunity to make a plaster cast of the ‘Gore-Booth Cello’, an original Stradivarius instrument forma b, which belonged to Sir George Gore-Booth, a keen amateur cellist himself, and which quite likely resided in Lissadell House, Co. Sligo. The Galway Cello is thus built on the footprint of this original instrument from 1710, combining Italian design/technology with Galway materials.


Take a look below of the first 3 episodes of the mini series showing its creation!

~Midwinter Festival 2020 – What a Success! ~

Recognise anyone? 👀
Some fabulous photos of supporters of our Midwinter Festival as well as a few familiar faces!

Our Midwinter Festival BEETHOVEN was an enormous success – and we are so very grateful for those who came and joined in the celebration, as well as our fabulous sponsors MJ Conroy & NUIG who made it all possible.
Our Beethoven weekend was filled back to back with duets, quartets, quintets and septets whom of which performed Beethoven’s famous early works.

Below feature some fantastic behind the scenes shots of the talented musicians who made the weekend the joy it was:
Aisling Casey oboe | John Finucane clarinet | Amy Harman bassoon | Hervé Joulain horn | Cédric Tigerbhien piano

Thank you all who came and enjoyed the celebrations as much we did!

What’s more to come for Music for Galway?
Check our full schedule for 2020 right here

With thanks to Galway 2020!


~New Year New Programme!~


We are just beyond excited to step into the new decade with all our events yet to come!
Cellissimo International Cello Festival in April/May, Abendmusik  divided upon 6 Sundays throughout the year, Paperboat Opera in June and Spark of the Gods in December – what a line up!

We are delighted to be in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture for this schedule of events.
Check out our full listings here to avail of tickets
Also Galway 2020’s listings of our events

galway 2020

Spotted! December Edition ~

Heard! Our Finghin Collins featured on Sean O’ Rourke’s RTE1 radio show playing and speaking all things BEETHOVEN- listen back here…

Our Handel’s Messiah in the Connacht Tribune… here to change this text

Bassoonist Amy Harman performing for our Midwinter Festival Quartet and Septet…

Our Midwinter Festival in the Irish Times…

The Galway Advertiser on whats to come in 2020 for those in Galway



Handel’s Messiah 2019

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This year’s Handel’s Messiah was once again an exhilarating and joyous affair. A full Galway Cathedral enjoyed the night’s festivities, featuring the glorious Irish Baroque Orchestra coupled along with the stunning voices of the Sestina choir.
They were joined by a world class line-up of soloists: Emma Morwood (soprano), Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano), Anthony Gregory (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass), under the baton of IBO Artistic Director Peter Whelan.
Through the iconic ‘For Unto us a Child is Born’ to the unforgettable Hallelujah’, the audience enjoyed the seasonal sounds and scenes in an ideal stage setting.

Once again, Handel’s Messiah concludes our 2019 concert season and leads us into the new year.
January 2020 of course brings us another celebration, Midwinter Festival BEETHOVEN.


Cello Stories!

Part one follows Naomi Berrill as she shares the story of the Galway Cello with the children of Inis Bofin. Meet the Galway Cello, an instrument made of locally grown trees.
Stay tuned for more episodes of Cello Stories!
This series showcases our Galway Cello as part of our new cello festival coming April/May 2020 – CELLISSIMO

For more information on Cellissimo and the Galway Cello >

#Followthejourney #Cellissimo

Midwinter Festival 2020

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival continues its long-standing tradition of presenting a three-day weekend of themed classical concerts with musicians from Galway, Ireland and beyond. We will focus primarily on Beethoven’s early solo piano and chamber music compositions, featuring  violin sonatas, string quartets, the Quintet for piano and winds and the ever-popular Septet. This year we are delighted to be joined by the internationally-celebrated duo team of Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien. Their Sunday recital will culminate in a performance of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, straying into the master’s glorious middle period.

Tiberghien, no stranger to Galway audiences, takes centre-stage on Saturday night with an eclectic programme of variations for solo piano, while Galway’s own ConTempo Quartet will open proceedings on Friday night, joined by a stellar cast of colleagues from near and far.
Full schedule of events here>

~We have been Nominated!~

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We are delighted to announce that Music for Galway has been short-listed as a finalist in the Best Tourism Product/Campaign, of the Galway Chamber Business Awards 2019, in association with sponsor Shannon Group plc! We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity, as we pride ourselves in providing world class classical music concerts for both locals and international tourists alike!

The awards ceremony takes place later this month. Watch this space!

Galway Chamber Website >

Tickets for event available here >

~CELLISSIMO 2020 – Classical Music Concerts & Workshops in Galway~

We proudly introduce the first edition of CELLISSIMO – a major new international triennial cello festival. Join us as we celebrate one of the world’s most beloved and versatile instruments in all its diversity, and its place in classical music concerts in Galway!

Star cellists from all over the world will gather in Galway including Mischa Maisky (Russia), Giovanni Sollima (Italy), Nicolas Altstaedt (France/Germany), Tatjana Vassiljeva (Russia), Marc Coppey (France), Laura van her Heijden (UK), Hannah Roberts (UK), Natalie Haas (Canada), Jakob Koranyi (Sweden), and Naomi Berrill (Ireland/Italy).

Experience the core artistic programme, which features three major orchestral concerts – the opening concert includes the Irish premiere of the Crouching Tiger Concerto by Tan Dun performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer, while the Zagreb Soloists and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present cello concertos by Haydn, Vivaldi and Elgar.

There will be premieres of new cello concertos by Gerald Barry and Julia Wolfe, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be marked by a performance of all five cello sonatas. Get your Bach fix every morning at Bach Plus concerts featuring the six Bach cello suites, repeated in six different locations in County Galway.

Hear Bill Whelan’s new piece for the Galway Cello, lovingly made by luthier Kuros Torkzadeh. Go on a cello trail on Inishbofin with Cello Ireland, explore the cello in traditional music, bring a child to our children’s show, discover all about the Galway Cello at the exhibition – and there are also talks and a movie. Oh, and are you a cellist? Bring your instrument and join us for the cello extravaganza closing concert.

Check out the full schedule of all classical music concert events in Galway in CELLISSIMO 2020 here >  

The perfect way to celebrate classical music in concert with the beloved cello!

Cellissimo Inisbofin Cello Day

Finghin Collins and Anna Lardi Fogarty give a sneak preview of what is to be expected on Inishbofin – 26 April 2020. Featuring Úna Ní Chiannain on cello.
Travel from Galway to Cleggan by coach, and to Inishbofin by ferry. In small groups you will be led on a cello trail around the island. Along the 2.4km walk there will be four stops with short performances. After a lunch break everyone will gather in the Church for a cello octet concert of about 45 minutes. The ferry will be ready to take everyone back to the bus for the return to Galway.
The perfect way to get a taste of classical music concerts in Galway!

Tickets available here >

~Cellissimo International Student Programme Callout!~

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More info on Cellissimo here >

~Lunchtime Series Concert – Christopher Moriarty & Gabrielė Dikčiūtė~

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We are honoured to be featuring Christopher Moriarty (Clarinet) & Gabrielė Dikčiūtė (Cello) for our second lunchtime event! Award winning clarinettist and composer Christopher Moriarty is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young artists of his generation. He is joined by cellist Gabriele Dikčiūtėf for an exciting programme of contemporary music. Christopher is passionate about the creation and performance of new works featuring the clarinet, expanding upon the Irish repertoire of works for his instrument and bringing them to new audiences. His music has been performed both nationally and internationally, with premieres in Dublin, London, New York and Stockholm.
We are delighted to have him join our classical/contemporary music concerts in Galway!

Christopher in the New York Concerti Sinfonietta (via juliejordanpresents Youtube)


Gabriele Dikciute came to Ireland to start her Bachelor Degree in cello performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  In 2017 she was invited to play a piece Snow In June for percussion ensemble and cello solo by Chinese composer Tan Dun in New York University. Gabriele has a keen interest in Baroque music and often performs with her ensemble Westland Baroque. She recently gave a solo performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Together they perform a programme of contemporary music for clarinet and cello:

Någon lär sig flyga – Marie Sammuelsson

What is Cellulose? – Arne Björk

Piseog – Chris Moriarty

Für Annekatrin- Birgitta Flick

Ösma Märg – Anton Alfvén


The cigarette Afterwards-Ylva Fred

O’ Donoghue’s Centre, 30th of October, NUIG @ 1pm

link to event here

More on Christopher here

~Carnival of the Animals & the Education Outreach Programme~

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PICTURED – Hugh Kelly (Adventures in Music and MCnG), Anna Lardi Fogarty (Executive director of Music for Galway), Aislinn Ó hEocha (Executive Artistic Director of Baboró), Terry Cooke (Percussionist) and some children of Scoil Iosa Chroi. Photos: Sinead McPhillips

A Co-Production 

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Music for Galway are joining forces for the first time to produce a very special classical music event; the presentation of the iconic Carnival of the Animals, composed by French composer Saint-Saëns. A co-production between the two organisations, the performance will be part of this year’s Baboró festival and Music for Galway’s 39th season, which both start next week.


The Music

One of the most popular pieces of classical music ever composed, Carnival of the Animals contains tuneful and accessible music that provides the perfect platform to introduce young audiences to a number of instruments. With each of the music’s 14 movements representing a different animal there’s a chance to chuckle at the clumsy sounds of the elephant, wonder at the tinkling tunes of the sea and admire the elegant notes of the swan. The lion, donkey, rooster, kangaroo and tortoise also feature. Overall the musical suite is beautiful, funny, and clever all at once.

Performed by Dublin-based chamber music group Ficino Ensemble, their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with a high calibre of ensemble playing. The musical staging will be enhanced by new child-friendly texts written by Helen Gregg, a well-known actor who regularly performs with Branar and Macnas. Marc MacLochlainn, artistic director of Branar, directs. In addition to school performances, there is a special family show on Tuesday 15 October at 7pm. Suitable for ages 5+, the evening show will see the Ficino Ensemble move from animals to fish when they perform Schubert’s Trout Quintet in the second half.

Education Outreach Programme

As part of the project, Baboró and Music for Galway are working in partnership with Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe, on an accompanying education outreach programme. Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe (MCnG) is a dedicated school of music serving over 1,000 children in Galway city and county. Over the past 5-weeks, MCnG has delivered a cross-curriculum Carnival of the Animals education pack to the children of 12 nationals schools in Galway city and county. Developed by Hugh Kelly of Adventures in Music and MCnG, the educational material is reinforced by a series of interactive workshops where the staff of MCnG help children to connect to the Carnival of Animals production through a playful demonstration and conversation about the instruments in the show. Commenting on the programme Hugh Kelly says, “The response from each of the schools involved has been exceptional . It is beautiful to see young children captured by the spell of Saint-Saëns’ music and bringing an energy and enthusiasm to each of the workshops.”

Aislinn ÓhEocha, Executive Artistic Director of Baboró said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Music for Galway on this wonderful event. Children and families can look forward to a very special performance of Carnival of the Animals during this year’s Baboró festival. With the addition of Maoin Ceoil na Gaillimhe’s outreach programme, children in Galway are enjoying an expert introduction to the musical instruments they’ll see on stage during the show.”

Anna Lardi Fogarty, executive director of Music for Galway, commented: “We have been looking for many years for the right project to present with Baboró. When our artistic director Finghin Collins took part in a performance of this work a few years ago, we knew we had the right fit. It has been especially exciting to work on the school outreach aspect together with Adventures in Music. We would like to thank the Arts Council and SAP for supporting this event.”

Dates & Location

School performances of the Carnival of the Animals take place from 14-16 October. The family evening concert featuring both Carnival of the Animals and Schubert’s Trout Quintet will take place in the Town Hall Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday 15 October.

Tickets available here >

~Spotted! October Edition~

Finghin in the Advertiser!

We are delighted to have been featured as Picture of the Day in the Irish Times. Featuring the talented Naomi Berrill with our Galway cello.

A wonderful article from the Connacht Tribune about our exciting classical music concerts in galway 2020 programme!

Another lovely picture of Naomi Berrill with our Galway Cello

Our Finghin Collins spotted in the Galway Advertiser…

Some classical music concerts and events of ours mentioned Journal of Music…

An announcement of new partnership!

And a quickissimo mention of Cellissimo in the Irish Times!

Alongside Arts in Action NUIG in the Meath Chronicle –

Our Midwinter Festival with a pic of familiar faces mentioned in Galway

In GalwayNow –

Within the wonderful Baboro..

Handel’s Messiah in Goldenplec…

Do Chara’s quick mention

Cellist Callout!