Thursday 22 August 2019


IT'S THE sixth year of this 'jewel of a festival' to quote one reviewer.

This year is a special TWO PIANO festival, with three internationally famous duos. In all there will be nine pianists playing over the weekend, up to six to be heard at some of the main concerts.

New Ross Piano Festival specialises in the piano, and has something for everyone.

There's popular piano in the Courtyard at St Michael's Theatre with Des Manahan, there's a late-night 'The Rite of Spring', played by the vivacious Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen in St. Mary's Church, there are young local students playing their hearts out on Thursday, and a free Culture Night special at 6.30 p.m. on Friday with another performance of 'Carnival of the Animals' plus four of the pianists playing the William Tell Overture (tickets essential).

Kathryn Stott has just played at the Proms and now she will play here in New Ross with the Japanese Noriko Ogawa. Enrico Pace, winner of the Dublin International Piano Competition, will be here with his piano partner Igor Roma.

Fiachra Garvey, from a farming family in Co. Wicklow, will give a solo recital and Finghin Collins, the Artistic Director, will play at all the main concerts as well as giving a masterclass to two up-and-coming young pianists in the Pastoral Centre on Saturday at 3 p.m.. You can come and watch that for free.

There's even a chance for you to play on one of the 'PLAY ME' pianos placed in odd spots round the town! Try it……

Full programme details on Booking at St Michael's Theatre, 051 421255.

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