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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Wild about the piano festival

VISITORS TO this week's New Ross Piano Festival will go 'wild' over the programme planned to celebrate the festival, which has attracted a trio of internationally acclaimed duos ensuring double the fun.

A Fanfare Opening Concert, aimed at families, will be one of the first festival events opening the spectacular line up of concerts in St. Mary's Church on Friday at 6.30 p.m.

This concert, which is being held to mark Culture Night, features the familiar 'William Tell Overture', famously used in cartoons and westerns, which will be dramatically played by eight hands - four pianists at the two grand pianos - and the 'Carnival of the Animals'. This fourteen piece movement, which depicts several birds and animals, most popularly the Swan and the Elephant - will also be played on two pianos with a small chamber orchestra.

What is especially attractive is that the well-known actor Barry McGovern will be the narrator of the poems about the animals that are a part of the piece.

Performed in co-operation with the National Concert Hall, it is essential to have a ticket, which can be obtained free at St. Michael's Theatre.

Meanwhile, this year's festival, beginning Thursday, is aimed at interesting the younger generation in music.

A masterclass will be delivered to two up-and-coming Irish pianists on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre.

The two concerts at 12 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, are also planned at a time to suit families. On Saturday the two pianos will be played by Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva, a duo who have played in some of the great concert halls of the world. On Sunday Fiachra Garvey, the young Irish pianist, will give the only completely solo recital this year.

The full programme details and booking information can be found online at newrosspianofestival.com or visitwexford.ie

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