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A packed Courthouse in Galway

Crash Ensemble and The Galway Ensemble in Residence: ConTempo Quartet packed out the courthouse in Galway on Friday 4th April. Here's what enthusiastic project leader of New Music::New Audiences Thomas Demidoff had to say about the concert: "Yesterday's concert had it all: Surprises, laughter, informal friendly atmosphere, welcoming attitude... and hardcore contemporary music. Perfect."

We agree! Thank you to all involved!

2013-14 Season closes with Serafino Quartet on Wednesday 7 May

Stradivarius comes to Town

Serafino Quartet

Wednesday 7 May 2014
Mick Lally Theatre (Druid Lane), 8 pm

Beethoven:  String Quartet in C major Op. 59 no. 3 “Razumovsky” (change in original programme)
Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703
Bridge: Three Idylls
Grieg: String Quartet Op. 27

Tickets: €20  Concessions: €16  Students (full time): €6
From: Music for Galway 091 705962, Opus 2, High Street or online: here

Music for Galway’s 33rd season comes to a flourishing close on Wednesday 7 May at the Mick Lally Theatre (formerly known as Druid Lane Theatre) at 8pm with a concert featuring the Irish début by a new string quartet formed by four of Europe’s hottest young talents – the Serafino Quartet.

Befitting the end of an International concert series, the Serafino Quartet are Venezuelan violinist Giovanni Guzzo, who will be travelling to Galway carrying a precious Antonio Stradivarius violin dated 1709, German violinist Mirijam Contzen who was discovered as she gave her orchestral debut playing a Mozart concerto at the tender age of 7, American viola player Blythe Te Engstroem and multi-award winning Hungarian cellist István Várdai.

The programme includes Beethoven’s third string quartet dedicated to Razumovsky, the then Russian ambassador to Vienna, Schubert’s exciting and iconic Quartettsatz, and Three Idylls by British composer Frank Bridge, beautiful compact pieces evoking the atmosphere of early 20th century Britain. Ending the night and the season, the four musicians will get to show off their brilliance with Grieg’s Op. 27, a work of which the composer says it “aims at breadth, to soar, and, above all, at vigorous sound for the instruments for which it is written.”

Join Music for Galway for the last time before their summer break! Seating is limited and early booking is advised. 

Music for Galway gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

Tickets: €20 Concessions: €16 Students (full time): €6
From: Music for Galway 091 705962, Opus 2, High Street or online: here









It was a season of firsts that Music for Galway’s new artistic director, international concert pianist Finghin Collins unveiled at the Shed at Galway Docks on Monday night. At this unusual venue, he presented an exciting programme that includes a great variety of musical delights to intrigue and attract devoted music-lovers and newcomers alike.

Music for Galway have honoured Finghin’s predecessor Jane O’Leary by commissioning her to write a solo piano piece which will be premiered by Korean pianist Ah Ruem Ahn on November 14th.  There is also the Irish premiere, on October 30th, of Ian Wilson’s “The Little Spanish Prison” by David Cohen and Sasha Grynyuk. Both composers will be present to introduce their works on the night.

Other highlights in a packed season include the ever-popular Messiah in a period performance by the IBO and Resurgam in the unique setting of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Donizetti’s hugely entertaining L’Elisir d’Amore (one of the most-performed operas of all time) performed by Opera Theatre Company and a recital of fabulous classics by Ireland’s legendary pianist John O’Conor.

In April Music for Galway will return to The Shed presenting a concert featuring Galway Ensemble in Residence, ConTempo Quartet and Crash Ensemble entitled Heat up to Cool Music. Audiences will be encouraged to bring their blankets while the organisers promise exciting music and hot drinks.

The Midwinter Festival in January will focus on the period from 1893 to 1913, when the composition of music took off in all kinds of dramatic directions, rule-books were torn up and new musical languages and sound-worlds assailed our concert halls and salons.  Audiences will get to re-live the ground-breaking new sound worlds of Debussy, Schoenberg and Stravinsky, alongside contemporary ‘old-style’ masterworks by Brahms, Fauré and Vaughan Williams. An exciting competition with students and recent graduates of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media (CCAM) of the GMIT will culminate in an exhibition of works in response to the theme and music programme of the Festival, and which will be launched along with the Festival at the Town Hall Theatre.

This will be the first season directed from the new office at St. Mary’s College. Music for Galway is grateful to the GMIT, who hosted the office on the Cluain Mhuire campus for over ten years. Launching the season, Sarah Searson, Head of the CCAM at GMIT said ‘Music for Galway have yet again created wonderfully dynamic programme,  including the best Irish and international musicians. The programme successfully brings to life the historic and the contemporary and strengthens the relationship between GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media and Music for Galway”.

Chair Delia Breathnach thanked the funders, in particular the Arts Council, Galway City and County Council, as well as the many sponsors from the private sector and individual supporters. ‘At the best of times, a season such as this would not be possible without the generosity from private sources.’ Music for Galway has overhauled its donor scheme and invites the people of Galway and the West of Ireland to join as Friends – this can be done from as little as €40 and brings many benefits including reduced ticket prices to all the concerts in the season.

Get your hands on a brochure, visit the website and experience the magic of live performances from incredibly gifted and dedicated artists, in a relaxed atmosphere and good company! 



Music for Galway Moves Office

Music for Galway has relocated from the GMIT to St. Mary's College, St. Mary's Road, Galway.

Music for Galway is most grateful to the GMIT and the Centre for Creative Arts and Media for hosting the office for over ten years. We will continue to strenghten collaboration and to seek ways in which to involve in particular the student body of the Centre for Creative Arts and Media with Music for Galway.

Over the past two years many music organisations have moved to having their rehearsals and meetings in St. Mary’s College. The music school Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe is also located there, and the Galway Music Residency has moved there as well. In short, the Galway Music Centre, which some organisations had been trying to establish for so many years, has now formed almost organically. Music for Galway is excited to be part of this development.

Music for Galway would like to thank Fr. Barry Hogg, President of St. Mary's College for facilitating the move.

Our new contact details are as follows:

Music for Galway
St. Mary's College
St. Mary's Road
Phone: 00353 91 705962 (temporary: 091 394544)
Email: info@musicforgalway.ie

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Finghin Collins - Artistic Director

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