Classical music in Bofeenaun

The annual summer classical music festival in Bofeenaun church is a must for the music lover. This July (Saturday 18 and Monday 20 ) a group of outstanding classical musicians will again be filling this beautiful church, set against the dramatic backdrop of Nephin Mountain, with a blend of familiar and less familiar pieces, introduced, as always, with their trademark humour and insight.

The performers this year will be led by Iain King (violin ), originally from Scotland and now living near Ballina. Iain has played with the Philharmonic Orchestra (first violin ) and the English Chamber Orchestra (assistant leader ) and has worked on more than 600 recordings. Also from Scotland, Robert Irvine (cello ) has a background of orchestral, chamber, and solo performance, and co-founded the Brindisi String Quartet and the Chamber Group of Scotland. Gareth Hulse (oboe ) is a member of the London Sinfonietta, the Nash Ensemble, and London Winds, and has performed in many film scores. Katie Clemmow (piano and oboe ), who has played with all the leading orchestras in London and has performed all over the world, is currently concentrating on piano accompaniment.

The two concerts will be held on Saturday July 18 and Monday July 20, at 8pm both nights, and there will be a cheese and wine reception during the interval. Tickets, which cost €20, are on sale from Bofeenaun Post Office (096 51006 ). Book early to avoid disappointment. For further information visit www.mayosummerclassics.com

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