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World-class musicians take to Derry’s stages this week in the annual Walled City Music Festival, 5-8

03 March 2020

The Walled City Music Festival kicks off this week in Derry-Londonderry and boasts a line-up of internationally-renowned guest artists from the world of classical music. 

In addition to an exciting series of evening concerts featuring the legendary Bang on a Can All Stars from New York, leading American pianist Awadagin Pratt and international chamber ensemble Trio Festivale, the festival welcomes Benyounes Quartet and Northern Ireland Opera Studio for a lunchtime series across the weekend.

On Saturday 7 March, the Benyounes String Quartet (with Derry cellist Kim Vaughan) perform an all-American themed lunchtime recital with Erich Korngold’s lush String Quartet No. 3 and Antonín Dvorak’s popular ‘American’ Quartet, Op. 96, in the Great Hall at Ulster University Magee.

On Sunday 8 March, also in the Great Hall, the young talent of the Northern Ireland Opera Studio present a lunchtime programme of operatic favourites and rare musical gems from the last two centuries, including works by Gioachino Rossini, Victor Herbert, and Cole Porter, amongst others. 

Fiona Crosbie, General Manager Walled City Music, commented, “We are very much looking forward to a week of exciting, memorable and spectacular performances from some of the world’s best classical musicians in our city’s outstanding venues. We have a real variety of music spanning the centuries, from celebrating the 250thanniversary of Beethoven to music composed for this very festival, performed by rising stars and legendary musicians. A feast of classical and contemporary music awaits!”

Tickets are available for all concerts via the Millennium Forum Box Office or online at www.millenniumforum.co.uk. For more information visit www.walledcitymusic.com