New Venue for Walled City Music Festival

Cellist Li-Wei Qin who will perform during the Walled City Music Festival before travelling to London to perform at the Olympics. (2407JC3)
Cellist Li-Wei Qin who will perform during the Walled City Music Festival before travelling to London to perform at the Olympics. (2407JC3)

Some of the biggest stars of the classical music world will descend on Derry this weekend for the fourth annual Walled City Music Festival from July 27 to August 4 - with a last minute change of venue!

Classical musicians from as far afield as the US, China, Australia, and Russia will perform during the week-long series of concerts to be held in the First Derry Presbyterian Church in Magazine Street, moving venue to accomodate emergency works going on at Magee’s Great Hall.

Launching the festival, the Fitzwilliam Quartet will play on Friday July 27.

On Saturday July 28, celebrity percussionist Colin Currie will take to the stage set for a visual and sound extravaganza with lots of diverse instruments. The Scotsman has stormed the world of music and is considered the most successful percussion soloist in the world today.

On Sunday afternoon, July 29 at 2pm, Colin Currie will hold a free special family-friendly workshop and concert for kids and adults.

On Sunday night, July 29, Russian legendary violinist Dmitri Sitkovetsky will play all of the works of Brahms alongside the Festival Co-Artistic Director, Derry-born concert pianist Cathal Breslin.

On Monday July 30, Chinese cellist Li-Wei Qin, an exclusive Universal Records Artist, and Australian pianist Bernard Lanskey will perform the complete Beethoven cycle.

Mr Qin was due to perform a second concert at the festival on August 1 but has been summoned to London by the Chinese government to perform alongside the world’s most famous pianist Lang Lang in a London 2012 Olympic opening event.

On Tuesday July 31, the Hu-Slotkin Duo from the U.S, featuring the Festival Co-Artistic Director and flautist Sabrina Hu, and classical guitarist Matthew Slotkin will take to the stage, showcasing world premieres by Irish composers – a concert co-presented with the Contemporary Music Centre of Dublin.

On Wednesday August 1 the Contemporary Music Centre of Dublin will again showcase the works of Irish composers. On Thursday August 2, pianist Matthew Schellhorn will showcase more world premieres by Irish composers, also in association with the Contemporary Music Centre of Dublin.

On Friday August 3, world-renowned clarinet player Emma Johnson will amaze audiences with a jaw-dropping program alongside pianist Ciara Moroney.

On the final evening of the festival, Saturday August 4, multi-award winning EMI Records star, world-renowned trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth and her Quintet will enthral the audience with a program which breaks all boundaries and genres.

Speaking at the launch, artistic director Cathal Breslin said: “This is one of the most unique, exciting and inspiring Festival programs that Sabrina and I have ever presented.

“It is full of life, energy, and all of the world’s greatest classical stars at the peaks of their careers. We are also delighted to have the support of the people of Derry to make something amazing like this really work.”

All evening concerts at the First Derry Presbyterian Church in Magazine Street will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £12 (full) and £8 (concessions) available online at: www.walledcitymusicfestival.com.

All-concert Festival Passes are also available at huge discounts of 30-40%, priced at £50 (full) and £40 (concessions).