The first Westport Festival of Chamber Music will be held from Friday September 6 to Sunday September 8 in Westport House and Holy Trinity Church. As well as some of Ireland’s top international musicians, the festival will showcase some rising stars in the music world. Violinist Mairead Hickey and pianist Gary Beecher, both from Cork, will perform works by Schumann, Sarasate and Debussy at 12 noon in Holy Trinity Church on Saturday September 7.
The guitarist Redmond O’Toole, who will perform with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet on Friday September 6 and solo on Sunday September 8, will give a guitar workshop on Saturday 7 for a limited number of young guitarists of all genre (aged 10-18 ); students will need some competency in guitar or other plucked string instrument. The workshop is funded by Music Generation Mayo and details are on its Facebook page as well as on Westport Festival of Chamber Music Festival Facebook page and on www.classicallinks.ie or by contacting 087 280 9932.