Things to Do in Galway – Cellissimo Music Festival (May 2024)

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NEWS: A new international cello festival will take place in Galway City and County from 18-26 May 2024. The festival includes masterclasses for students, showcases, performances and international-level concerts across a rich programme of events.

What is it?

Cellissimo 2024 brings together sensational cellists, composers and other creatives in a celebration of all things cello. The events include two extremely special programmes. First, Eimear Noone will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra, while French conductor Camille Thomas will work with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. I know that Eimear Noone has been wowing audiences in the Albert Hall recently, so this is a great opportunity to see her at home.

Expect six commissioned pieces by six Irish composers, performed in the city and county. Further, 8 young cellists will take part in an International Student Programme with masterclasses, concerts and a showcase. A new theatre piece is being launched with Branar for children.

More details are available here.

What are the Galway City venues?

There are five Galway City venues for Cellissimo events:

  • Town Hall Theatre
  • St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church
  • Leisureland
  • Black Box Theatre
  • Nun’s Island Theatre

What are the Galway County venues?

There are seven Galway County venues for Cellissimo events:

  • Inishbofin
  • Campbell’s Tavern, Headford
  • Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
  • Kilcummin Church, Oughterard
  • Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort
  • Clarin College, Athenry
  • Claregalway Castle

Summary

If you have the good fortune to be in the Galway area in May during the festival, then Cellissimo promises to be a one-of-a-kind festival that’s been really well thought-out. There really is something for everyone from short performances, to creative work with kids, to international-standard concerts. I hope you get to enjoy it.

Cover Photo by Adi Goldstein on Unsplash


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