BMS International Festival of Chamber Music
Feb 21 2020 - Feb 23 2020
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NI’s premier chamber music event featuring top international artists and outstanding local musicians
he International Festival of Chamber Music is Northern Ireland’s premier chamber music event, presenting top international classical musicians alongside outstanding local artists in three days of world-class concerts and recitals.
This year’s artists include: rising stars from Europe, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam; former BBC Young Musician, cellist Laura van der Heijden; renowned Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero; and an all-star trio of Adam Walker (principal flute, London Symphony Orchestra), Hélène Clément (viola, Doric Quartet) and Agnès Clément (harp, Brussels opera). The wide-ranging programme includes classical favourites Brahms, Haydn and Beethoven as well as quartet arrangements of Renaissance music, live improvisation, and a brand new work by Irish composer Rhona Clarke.
There’s something for everyone, including the youngest audiences. ‘Chamber Babies’ offers short, informal concerts for babies up to 18 months old and their mums and dads in the Crescent Arts Centre, presented by local harpist Gráinne Meyer. You can enjoy coffee and cake before or after the performance in the Crescent’s café, too.
The main concerts take place in the grand surroundings of Queen’s University’s Great Hall, while the annual student showcase recital and masterclass are based in the Harty Room*, with its celebrated acoustic and beautiful beamed ceiling. All performances (except lunchtime concerts) include complimentary interval refreshments. Free parking is available at both venues from Friday evening onwards, and there is disabled access.
*Entrance to the Harty Room is on University Square (parking is to the rear of the building).
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