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SCS Killaloe Music Festival makes long-awaited return this June Bank Holiday Weekend

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SCS Killaloe Music Festival will feature Malachy Robinson, Kevin O’Loughlin and Katherine Hunka, pictured above.

St. Flannan’s Cathedral hosts the 10th Anniversary of the festival for a weekend of music, art and culture

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Friday’s programme will also include violist Yuval Gotlibovich performing one of his own compositions.

St. Flannan’s Cathedral hosts the 10th Anniversary SCS Killaloe Music Festival for a weekend of music, art and culture from 3rd -5th June 2022. This year’s programme celebrates both female composers that were overlooked in their time, and the viola, an instrument that is also often overlooked. We are also excited to announce our new partnership with Limerick-based company Shannon Coiled Springs (SCS).

Artistic Director Katherine Hunka has created a programme like no other, supporting Irish musicians from around the globe to join in the celebration of music. Through the works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and a world premiere by young Irish composer Murrough Connolly, the weekend festival will be an immersive experience for all the family.

On Friday 3rd June, the festival will open with the second movement of Bach’s Magnificat, performed by celebrated mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, followed by works from Handel, Rebecca Clarke and Ravel. Friday’s programme will also include violist Yuval Gotlibovich performing one of his own compositions, accompanied by Sophia Rahman on piano. Artistic Director Katherine Hunka, Diane Daly and Jakub Jakowitz, violins, Christian Elliott and Aoife Nic Athlaoich, cellos, Miriam Kaczor, flute, Joachim Roewer, viola, and Carol McGonnell, clarinet, also perform in this opening concert.

This year’s weekend festival will also include a Coffee Concert at 11am on Saturday 4th June. This Rising Star performance will highlight the extraordinary talent of young violist Kevin O’Loughlin, performing works by Brahms, Holst, Coates and Bowen. He will be accompanied by Ciara Moroney on the piano. At 3pm the Far Flung Trio will provide an fun and informal, free concert suitable for all ages in the Killaloe Catholic Church.

The 8pm evening concert begins with a beautiful Mozart flute quartet led by Miriam Kaczor, followed by Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio, Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Trio and an exciting violin solo piece by Linda Buckley, titled exploding stars, performed by Diane Daly. After this, the Late Night Concert kicks off at 10pm. The powerful, soulful sounds of Kathleen Turner’s community music will attract fans and newcomers alike.

The final day of the festival will kick off with the always-popular Children’s Concert and will include a series of performances under the musical direction of Diane Daly. The festival will then draw to a close with an evening concert at 8pm, celebrating the music of Rebecca Clarke, Schubert and Mendelssohn. And rounding out the evening’s programme is a world premiere of a new work from young Irish composer Murrough Connolly, titled Imperium, an exciting violin duet.

Killaloe Music Festival’s annual exhibition welcomes back one of Ireland’s finest artists. Works from Limerick artist Henry Morgan will be on display and available for purchase in St. Flannan’s Cathedral for the weekend of the festival. Bringing the exhibition to life in the digital realm, the works will also be featured on the Killaloe Music Festival’s website for the duration of the festival.

As an added bonus, this year a writing workshop has been added to the line-up, as well as two interesting pre-concert talks from Dr. Michael Murphy. Discussing the viola at 10.30am on Saturday 4th June and how sound and music was used in James Joyce’s Ulysses that day at 7.30pm, these talks will provide a wonderful pre-concert experience. Inspired by two composers featured in the festival, the writing workshop led by Dr. Jessica Brown will be shaped by the music, themes, and life stories of Rebecca Clarke and Clara Schumann. With generative prompts for prose and poetry, this creative writing experience is open to all.

The tenth annual SCS Killaloe Music Festival is a welcome return to in-person live music after two unconventional years of adapting to a more virtual world.

Tickets are available for pre-purchase HERE

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