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Walled City Music Festival

Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry, Infirmary Road, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT48 7DE


The Walled City Music Festival returns to Derry in 2023 with an incredible line-up of international guest artists. Solo pianist Barry Douglas, cellist Raphael Wallfisch with pianist Cathal Breslin, and mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty with pianist Fiachra Garvey, are all set to perform in Derry's beautiful Christ Church venue in March.

Thursday 23rd March, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry
Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage, will open the Festival on Thursday 23rd along with Derry-born pianist Cathal Breslin (also co-artistic director of the Festival). Raphael and Cathal performed the very first Walled City Music Festival together in 2009, so this will be a special occasion to open the 14th Festival. Their performance will include music by Brahms, Franck, Schumann, and Debussy.

Friday 24th March, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry
Irish artists, mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty and pianist Fiachra Garvey join forces on Friday 24th, bringing a programme of beautiful art songs by Grieg, Debussy, Stanford and Elgar.

Saturday 25th March, 7.30pm
Christ Church, Derry~Londonderry
Belfast-born pianist Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. As Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland, the only all-Ireland orchestra, and the Clandeboye Festival, he continues to celebrate his Irish heritage whilst also maintaining a busy international touring schedule. In Derry on Saturday 25th March, Barry will perform Schubert Impromptus, Beethoven's "Appassionata" and Schubert's iconic Piano Sonata in A minor.

Sunday 26th March, 2.00pm
Great Hall, Ulster University Magee Campus.
In an exciting collaboration, Walled City Music Piano Festival and NI Opera will bring their Young Artists together to perform in the closing event of the 2023 Walled City Music Festival. On Sunday afternoon, soprano Petra Wells and baritone Ryan Garnham will be joined by pianist Dida Condria, to perform a variety concert of vocal favourites in the beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall in Ulster University's Magee campus.

Supported by: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, KPMG and Ulster University.
Artistic Directors: Cathal Breslin and Sabrina Hu

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