Music for the Senses

Music for Galway and Galway 2020 present

CELLISSIMO – Music for the Senses

In a time where audiences have been bereft of the real and the sensual impact of live music in a real space, Music for Galway aims to bring a little of it back into music-lovers’ lives.

The re-imagined CELLISSIMO features top international names from the classical world but as few will be able to come to Galway given current travel restrictions, Music for Galway has joined forces with local producers to offer tastings, craft classes and talks connected to specific concerts in the programme, and bring you a taste and touch of the real West during a series of online and hybrid live events. A tiered ticketing system will allow the concert ticket to expand for those who wish for a more immersive experience.

How does it work?

Select a package from the selection below and add them to your shopping cart and either continue shopping or checkout.

You will then either receive a package through the post and/or a link to listen to a talk.

The package should not be opened until the time is right when you can enjoy the contents along with your fellow music lovers on the night.


Adare Beverages is a wholesaling company based in Galway City and they focus on sourcing and supplying only the finest and sustainable quality products.  Adare Beverages are helping us to bring the sensory experience to your homes. They are providing us with local premium beer and wild, hand harvested foods from the West of Ireland.

Please check them out  at and follow them on instagram & facebook @adarebeverages.


Cellissimo At A Glance

TASTE OF THE WEST 6.30pm to 7.15pm

paired with the Opening Concert on Thursday 25 March at 7.30pm

Curious about the taste of Galway? Enhance the online performance from Kylemore Abbey of the internationally renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra led by French cellist par excellence Marc Coppey with a pre-concert cheese tasting in the company of Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers . The cheese tasting kit includes the delectable Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese .


paired with Naomi Berrill’s solo performance on Friday 26 March

In a pre-concert tasting of Connemara Ale and Lager scheduled for before Naomi’s solo performance at O’Connor’s pub in Salthill, you can find out all about these drinks we sourced through

After you purchase this add-on, you will receive a tasting kit which includes three beers through the post. Store as instructed and then sip away as Naomi takes to the cello.

A VISION OF THINGS PAST 6.45pm to 7.15pm

paired with the ‘From Prussia with Love’ concert on Sunday 28 March

Portumna Castle is an imposing structure that dates back to the seventeenth century. Romanian/Irish and Galway based ConTempo Quartet joined by cellist Christopher Marwood are set to perform a beautiful programme of chamber works by Mozart and Schubert. As a pre-concert event, here is a chance for those interested in exploring this structure to get an exclusive guided tour and talk about its long history.

THE TOUCH OF WOOL 6.15pm to 7.15pm

paired with “Hup the Cello!” concert on Tuesday 30 March

Anne Ó Máille of Ó Máille’s House of Style has been part of one of the longest established draper and wool shops in the County and has taught knitting to knitting enthusiasts from all over the world.

Paired with our Trad concert, Music for Galway offers a knitting class led by Anne teaching one of the many traditional Aran stitches. Order your wool kit to join in!

SCENT 7.00pm to 7.30pm

paired with the Mischa and Lily Maisky concert on Wednesday 31 March

The Galway 2020 region is an extraordinary area of exceptional beauty and home to many plants that grow here exclusively, and that is where the producers of your scent parcel found their inspiration for candles, soaps and teas.

Before the legendary Mischa Maisky and his daughter Lily perform in what will be one of the most anticipated performances of the festival, let Thalli Foods take your senses for a stroll through the region and set the mood for this extraordinary performance. The Cellissimo Scent Kit put together by contains Summer Tea, a jar of Wild Rose Petals and Elderflower Vinegar made from foraged ingredients in Co. Clare.