THIS weekend, June 19 to 22, the Donegal Chamber Music Society with support from Donegal Music Education Partnership, Donegal ETB and Donegal County Council will present the 5th Annual Cello Meeting Ireland with Romanian/Irish cellist Mihai Dancila as Artistic Director.
This national gathering of cellists started in 2009 and has become an annual focal event, in which cello players of all levels from all around the country gather together in Donegal each June.
The playing standard of the participants has increased each year attracting young players from Cork, Tipperary, Dublin, Ballymena, Ballyshannon and Letterkenny to attend the Master Classes and to perform at the weekend concerts.
The cello weekend will be based at the Finn Valley Centre for Education, Stranorlar, bringing to the county a variety of musical events.
Cello Meeting Ireland will feature master classes in cello, chamber music and cello ensemble while also providing performance opportunities through participation in the concerts.
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra is participating once again this year, and will be performing at the closing concert on Sunday, with a programme of music by Bartok, Respighi and Tchaikovsky. Selected participants of Cello Ireland will also have the opportunity to play as soloists with the chamber orchestra in Conwal Parish Church.
With Fête de la Musique tomorrow (Saturday), June 21 at 1.15pm in The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Donegal Music Education Partnership and Donegal Chamber Music Society celebrate the European Day of Music.
The performance will feature participants of the Cello Master Classes in solo and cello ensemble playing, plus a variety of chamber music ensembles.
The Donegal Junior String Orchestra will also be playing as part of the event. The programme will include music by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and many more.
This concert will have a 45 minute duration – a perfect lunchtime treat. Teas, coffees and refreshments will be available at the venue. You’re more than welcome to bring your own lunch. To book call the box office 074 9131840. Admission €5/€2.
The Donegal Chamber Orchestra will be performing at the closing concert on Sunday at 4pm as part of Sundays in Conwal, at Conwal Parish Church, Letterkenny, with a programme with music by Bartok, Respighi and Tchaikovsky.
Selected participants of Cello Ireland will also have the opportunity to play as soloists with the chamber orchestra. Tickets will be available at the door. Admission €5.