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9th November 2018

The soloist for this concert was Irish pianist Barry Douglas, whose relaxed approach to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2 made light of its fiendish rhythmic demands. Its central slow movement is some of the saddest music the composer wrote, but the opening is playful and jazzy, and that bluesy feel returns …READ MORE

9th November 2018

Next up was pianist Barry Douglas, who movingly interpreted Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 1 in the concert’s centrepiece performance. Written when the composer was, astonishingly, just 17 and 18 (although substantially revised in his 40s), Douglas deftly captured the quick switches in tone, from a moving delicacy through the gamut …READ MORE

5th July 2018

CLANDEBOYE FESTIVAL LAUNCHED  17th to 25th August Oh, Vienna View The Full Festival Programme The Clandeboye Festival in August will be a celebration of all things from the great musical city of Vienna. Barry Douglas, Artistic Director of the Clandeboye Festival and Camerata Ireland, and one of the leading performers amongst the …READ MORE

30th August 2017

By Alf McCreary August 18 2017 Barry Douglas, who is the heart and soul of the successful Clandeboye Festival, gave a memorable solo recital on Wednesday to a packed audience in the estate’s Great Hall. Douglas has recorded an acclaimed new release of Schubert’s solo works for piano, and two …READ MORE

3rd April 2017

The Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of music director Rafael Payare, played a programme of huge contrasts, new and old, to a capacity audience in the latest of its Great Symphonies series. The concert opened with the Irish premiere of Piers Hellawell’s Wild Flow, a BBC commission which was first …READ MORE

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