The life affirming power of music

Tue, Jul 07, 2015

Finghin Collins.

CLASSICAL MUSIC concerts have always formed part of the Galway International Arts Festival, but this year, classical music has a notably larger, more prominent, placing. Indeed it is almost a mini-festival within the GIAF itself. "The festival is really pushing out the classic side of things this year," notes the distinguished Irish pianist Finghin Collins approvingly. "It's a wonderful thing."

The GIAF classical music concerts, featuring the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich, the ConTempo Quartet, violinist Elizabeth Cooney, and Finghin Collins, take place on the NUI Galway campus from July 17 to 20, with music by Elgar, Beethoven, and especially Schubert.

Finghin is one of Ireland's finest and most acclaimed pianists. As well as performing across Europe, the US, and Asia, he is also the artistic director of both Music for Galway and the New Ross Piano Festival. He plays a prominent role in the GIAF classical concerts; joining Elizabeth Cooney in the Aula Maxima, NUIG on Monday July 20 at 8pm, and the RTÉ NSO in the university's Bailey Allen Hall on Saturday 18 at 6pm. He is also well placed to give an informative view of what audiences can expect from the other classical events.


Barry's Tea send a delivery of teabags to Galway students in the wake of the Berkeley tragedy

It is an undoubtably Irish thing to do to drink tea in times of crisis. That hot liquid is somehow immediately comforting and soothing. A number of Galway J1 students in Berkeley had used up their summer supply of tea, in the wake of the recent tragedy, when infamous Irish company Barry's generously came to their rescue.

What's On

All Tvvins @ Róisín Dubh

THE THRILLING All Tvvins, who combine electro-pop rhythms and melodies with exciting metal/math-rock guitar, play the Róisín Dubh on Thursday July 16 at 8pm as part of the Galway International Arts Festival.

All Tvvins.


It’s all about location

Colleran auctioneers’ next auction on July 23 will include properties in some of Galway’s most sought after and desirable locations with all amenities on their doorstep.

No 124 Dangan Heights.


United seek to reverse Sligo's stolen win in crunch Showgrounds tie

With each passing week every SSE Airtricity League premier division clash seems to be increasing in importance - thus Saturday’s Showgrounds clash between Sligo Rovers and Galway United can certainly be classed as crucial.

Galway United goal scorer Enda Curran is congratulated by Colm Horgan and Ryan Connolly in action from the SSE Airtricity League game against Shamrock Rovers at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.				Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy


How much are you paying for your car finance?

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of consumers in Ireland with a car loan have no idea what interest rate they are paying on their motoring finance, according to research recently released by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Group Ireland CEO, Lars Himmer, pictured with Volkswagen Ambassador Catherine Fulvio at Volkswagen Headquarters in Liffey Valley.


Sigmar Recruitment Galway celebrating its tenth birthday this month

Sigmar Recruitment opened its doors in 2002 and the brand has become synonymous with providing a quality service to its clients. It is also recognised as a great place to work and develop your recruitment career. The company has won 31 industry awards in total and been awarded the title of Best Large Recruitment Agency in Ireland for two years in a row, and is the only agency to have achieved this. Sigmar has the highest number of National Recruitment Federation (NRF) certified consultants in Ireland and the highest number of NRF industry fellows (recruiters with 10 plus years experience).


Award winning chef Stefan Matz launches new concept restaurant at Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa

Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa is celebrating the launch of The Chef’s Table, a concept restaurant created by newly appointed and award winning executive head chef, Stefan Matz. 

Executive head chef Stefan Matz.


You can never do too much for Galway Hospice

You can never do too much for Galway Hospice. Never. Ever. No donation is ever too big. Ever. You could get your granny, stick a price tag on her, photograph her, put her on eBay and it still wouldn't be too big a gesture. You could wait for your team to get to an All-Ireland final and you could raffle your tickets and give the money to the Hospice and it still wouldn’t be too big. You could walk naked up The Reek using slippers made out of porcupines and a thong knitted from the roughest wool of the rarest goat and if you said you were doing it for Galway Hospice, nobody would dare say you were mad. They’d nod, and say ‘fair play to ya. Mighty cause, mighty.”

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