World-renowned cellist at Magee on Friday

Jan Vogler, one of the world's leading cellists, who plays the Great Hall at Magee in Derry on Friday night at 8pm.
Jan Vogler, one of the world's leading cellists, who plays the Great Hall at Magee in Derry on Friday night at 8pm.

One of the biggest names in the world of classical music is coming to perform at the Great Hall at the Magee campus in Derry on Friday night - and to help launch the Walled City Music Festival, being held later this summer.

Jan Vogler, a concert cellist with a glittering global career, will perform in Derry, Belfast and Dublin this weekend as part of a whirlwind tour to kick start the fourth annual classical music festival in Derry, which brings the biggest names in the classical world to the city every year.

He will play alongside Derry concert pianist Cathal Breslin, the co-artistic director of the Walled City Music Festival. Their programme will include the Debussy Cello Sonata, to mark the composer’s anniversary, the famous Bach Cello Suite No.1 and the powerful Shostakovich Sonata.

It’s the same programme that Vogler performed last weekend in New York - at 500 dollars a ticket. Tickets for the show at Magee are just £12, with £8 concessions.

Cathal says he’s thrilled to have such a huge classical star launch this year’s classical extravaganza.

“We are delighted to have Jan launch this year’s festival,” he said. “He is a truly versatile artist and has recorded for many of the major record labels, and now exclusively for Sony Classical. He is a massive name in the classical music world.

“He has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, and the Vienna Symphony among many others. It is a major coup for us to have him here.”

Jan Vogler is Artistic Director of two of the most successful Festivals in Europe - the Dresden Music Festival, a remarkable festival on a huge scale, with three weeks of all of the biggest names in classical music, and the Moritzburg Music Festival, also in Germany, held on an beautiful castle which sits on the water - see www.moritzburgfestival.de/english

The launch concerts and a major boost for this year’s Walled City festival, which is extending Derry’s reputation as a city of music. The Derry concert is at 8pm on Friday night at Magee, with the Belfast concert on Saturday at 8pm in the Harty Room in the School of Music at Queen’s University, and the Dublin concert at noon on Sunday in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Tickets are available to book online from www.walledcitymusicfestival.com and to purchase at the door in the Great Hall, which is in the main building at Magee.

The Walled City Music Festival runs from July 27 to August 4th 2012 in Derry. For full line up, updates and information log on to www.walledcitymusicfestival.com