Cello and Chamber Music Concerts start tonight

The Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership presents the 3rd ‘Cello Meeting Ireland from Thursday until Sunday, June 26th under the Artistic Direction of Romanian/Irish renowned cellist Mihai Dancila from Quartetto Stradivari and Quartetto Beethoven di Roma among others.

The Donegal Chamber Music Society in association with the Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership presents the 3rd ‘Cello Meeting Ireland from Thursday until Sunday, June 26th under the Artistic Direction of Romanian/Irish renowned cellist Mihai Dancila from Quartetto Stradivari and Quartetto Beethoven di Roma among others.

This cello weekend has now become an annual event that takes place between Donegal and the City of Derry.  Acclaimed performer and teacher Mihai Dancila returns to share his cello skills and vast experience with young musicians from throughout the country. Based at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny, participants will have a unique opportunity to avail of individual master classes and to attend and perform in a variety of chamber music events happening over the weekend.

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to hear some wonderful ensemble and solo cello playing as a series of concerts are planned to compliment the master classes - two free lunchtime concerts on Friday 24th (Magee campus, Derry) and Saturday 25th (Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny). The weekend then comes to a fantastic musical close, in a concert led by Mihai Dancila (soloist/director) alongside the Donegal Chamber Orchestra and those who have taken part in the weekend masterclasses. It promises to be a special evening of music for those young musicians who will share the stage with Mihai Dancila on his annual visit to county Donegal.

The weekend programme includes: Friday, 24th, 1pm, Foyle Arts Building, Magee campus, Derry, featuring the Junior Cellists & Cello Ensemble with music by Squire, Webster & others;  Saturday, 1pm, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, featuring the Junior Cellists & Cello Ensemble with music by Bach, Marcello & others;  Sunday, 8pm. Conwal Church, Letterkenny, featuring Mihai Dancila, Soloist/Director, Donegal Chamber Orchestra and participants of Cello Meeting Ireland with music by Elgar, Vivaldi and others.  Admission is €10 and €5.

Cello Meeting Ireland is supported by Donegal County Council and the Regional Culture Centre, Letterkenny, with the collaboration of the University of Ulster and the European String Teachers Association.

For further information, contact the Donegal Music Education Partnership on 074 9176 293 / musiceducation@donegalvec.ie