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World-class artists Derry head to the Walled City Music Festival

One of the last live music events in the city before the lockdown in March 2020, Festival organizers are very excited to make a return to live music making and will do so with a stellar lineup of internationally acclaimed guest musicians from around the world. world.

Opening the festival program on Thursday, June 23, the Brodsky Quartet celebrates its remarkable 50 years with a stunning concert scheduled for Christ Church. Based in England, with Derry-born member and violist Paul Cassidy, the award-winning quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on major stages around the world and released over 60 recordings. They will perform alongside Festival Co-Artistic Directors Cathal Breslin (piano) and Sabrina Hu (flute).

Friday June 24 sees the Ulster Orchestra return to the Millennium Forum for a very special concert with local band Acoustronic. Acoustronic includes musicians with and without disabilities who use advanced technology, alongside traditional musical instruments, to compose and perform original music.

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Chamber Players Mill Ave. (Jessica Savidge)

Their Musical Director, Frank Lyons, says: “I have been leading the Acoustronic ensemble for over eight years now and, while many things have changed – including the advancement and accessibility of technology – one thing has remained constant: Acoustronic’s creativity and talent are second to none.”

The concert will feature the world premiere of their brand new piece, ‘Zoom Time’, composed by Acoustronic and Lyons.

Friday’s concert will also feature Beethoven’s magnificent Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by the Derry-born pianist and Festival Co-Artistic Director Cathal Breslin, along with other orchestral favorites from Ireland’s premier symphony orchestra. North.

On Saturday June 25, the Festival will welcome New York’s Sandbox Percussion to the Cultúrlann Theater for a full performance of their latest album “Seven Pillars”, composed by American percussionist Andy Akiho. The GRAMMY® nominated ensemble has established itself as one of the leading promoters of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning.

Percussion sandbox.

The 13th Walled City Music Festival will wrap up its schedule of events on Sunday, June 26 with a free family event held at St. Augustine’s Church on the Walls. The Mill Ave Chamber Players of Phoenix Arizona, who will have performed at eight local elementary schools throughout the week of the festival, will perform Aesop’s Fables composed by bassoonist and ensemble member Thomas Breadon Jr. The short piece explores and expands on the beloved and well-known tales of Aesop’s Fables, including “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”. The event is free and families are welcome.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music and Opera at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support the Walled City Music Festival through Lottery players. national. It’s fantastic to see the Festival once again welcoming the public for shows after a few difficult years for the sector. Congratulations to the team for organizing such a quality and world-class international program and I encourage everyone to follow along and enjoy.

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Brodsky Quartet. (Sarah Creswell)
Ulster Orchestra.