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12th August 2016
Clandeboye Festival, 12-20 August, is now open!

This year’s Clandeboye Festival takes place from the 12th to the 20th August, with Barry Douglas maintaining his role as Artistic Director. The predominant theme is Russian music, in honour of the 30th anniversary of Barry Douglas winning the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, and Barry will be performing on almost every day of the festival in a series of lunchtime and evening concerts. The recitals promise to please a variety of tastes with works by Beethoven as well as the leading Russian composers, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky.

Kick-starting the Festival on the 12th August, Barry performs Britten’s Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Concert Fantasy with the Ulster Orchestra at Ulster Hall as part of BBC Radio 3’s Summer Invitation series, before the Festival continues in the exquisite setting of The Courtyard at Clandeboye Estate. Monday 15th August sees the world premiere of Celtic Orbit – a traditional piece, arranged by Barry, using his extensive knowledge and experience of traditional Celtic music, and featuring Chris Stout (Shetland fiddle), Catriona McKay (Scottish harp) and Eimar McGeown (Irish flute); and young musicians will also have the opportunity to showcase their talent on 16th August, as part of Camerata Ireland’s Clandeboye Academy:

The Clandeboye Festival provides an exciting setting in which to experience concerts with world-class musicians, as well as the emerging talent that Ireland has to offer.

Tickets for each event can be found here.


“The Festival continues to offer an important platform for showcasing the next generation of young, talented musicians as well as offering them developmental opportunities through mentorship with renowned artists. We wish Barry and the team every success with this year’s Festival which commemorates his 30th anniversary of winning the Tchaikovsky prize” — Ciaran Scullion, The Arts Council