THE 2023 Clandeboye Festival will take place next month
Held in Clandeboye Estate from August 19 to 26, Barry Douglas, the festival’s founder and artistic director, will be joined by internationally renowned guest soloists for a week of world-class music, with 13 lunchtime, afternoon and evening concerts taking place in the banqueting hall and chapel at Clandeboye.
Alongside performances of much loved music by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, this year’s festival will celebrate the life of Polish composer Penderecki, who would have been 90 this year, as well as paying tribute to the late Lady Dufferin, whose legacy lives on in the continued success of the festival.
Looking forward to the festival, Mr Douglas said: “The theme of this year’s Festival – ‘Music without Borders’ – highlights how music and musicians are international: music is the universal language that links us as human beings, no matter what the style.
“There are two opportunities to hear all-island orchestra Camerata Ireland as they start their 25th anniversary celebrations and prepare for a US tour in March 2024, which will include a performance in the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York.
“They will be joined by violinist Patrick Rafter for a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Douglas himself will perform Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto at the Festival’s closing concert.
“Central to the ethos of the Clandeboye Festival is the Camerata Ireland Academy, and this year 12 students from Ireland and Northern Ireland will stay at Clandeboye, taking part in masterclasses with the guest soloists,” said Mr Douglas.
“Many of the Academy’s alumni will also perform during the Festival, including flautist Eimear McGeown from Armagh and pianist Cathal Breslin from Derry-Londonderry.
“When young musicians take part in the Camerata Ireland Academy, this is only the beginning of our relationship with them – we always offer them further performance opportunities, and our audiences love to see these talented performers return years later as soloists, knowing that they were there at the very start of their careers.”
He said: “We are particularly delighted to have Patrick Rafter join Camerata Ireland for a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Patrick won the Camerata Ireland Young Musician of the Year in 2010 and he is now one of Ireland’s most celebrated violinists. We are proud to have been part of his journey.”
Ciaran Scullion, head of music and opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said the Arts Council is proud to support the 2023 Clandeboye Festival.
“Barry Douglas and his team have selected excellent internationally renowned musicians for audiences to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of Clandeboye Estate,” he said.
“I would encourage all music lovers to go along and support this terrific celebration of classical music this August.”
The Clandeboye Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Ards and North Down Council, Randox and the Dufferin Foundation. For further information on the 2023 Clandeboye Festival including ticket information go to www.camerata-ireland.com/clandeboye2023