Classical stars to shine at Walled City Festival

Local man and world-renwned pianist Cathal Breslin, co-Artistic Director of the Walled City Music Fesitval. Cathal will himself be performing at the 2015 festival.
Local man and world-renwned pianist Cathal Breslin, co-Artistic Director of the Walled City Music Fesitval. Cathal will himself be performing at the 2015 festival.

The seventh Walled City Music Festival will feature ‘top-class music-making’ from some of the world’s finest classical musicians, organisers said.

They will be joined by some of Derry’s own world-class and up-and-coming talent.

The 2015 event will run from June 4 to 7, with most performances taking place in The Great Hall at Ulster University, Magee.

The opening concert on June 4 will feature Kathryn Stott and Martin Roscoe performing works by Rachmaninov, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Mozart among others on pianos, playing at the Great Hall at 7.30pm, Tickets are priced £11/ £6.

Harpist Sylvain Blassel will be joined by Walled City Music Festival’s Co-Artistic Director, Sabrina Hu on flute on Saturday, June 6 at the Great Hall at 7pm.

The virtuoso French harpist will deliver his own arrangement of Bach’s keyboard masterpiece Goldberg Variations. He is joined by Sabrina Hu for music by the sitar master Ravi Shankar, alongside romantic classics from Wagner and Liszt. Tickets: £11/ £6.

The Quercus Ensemble perform on the same night at the Great Hall at 9pm.

They will round off the evening with Schubert’s haunting chamber music String Quintet. Tickets: £6/£4. Free admission to those ticket holders who attended the 7pm concert.

The Quercus Ensemble will be perfoming the following afternoon (Sunday) at a venue yet to be confirmed with their ‘In Pursuit of Love’.

One of the world’s greatest violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers from America, will be joined by Festival Co-artistic Director, world-renowned piano player and local man Cathal Breslin on Sunday June 7 at the Great Hall at 7.30pm.

The duo will deliver a programme that mixes Mozart, Pärt and Ravel with entertaining turns, including Fritz Kreisler’s version of ‘Londonderry Air’, to round off the festival. Tickets: £11/ £6.

Tickets are on sale now from the Millennium Forum Box Office on 028 71264455 or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk.