Following Vital and Belsonic, another Northern Ireland music institution got off to a rousing start yesterday.
Clandeboye Estate's Church of Ireland chapel proved a sublime venue for the opening of this year's Camerata Ireland classical music festival.
The musical programme included Mozart's duo no 1 in G major and duo no 2 in B-flat major, with Michael Trainor on violin and Ruth Gibson on viola.
The young Irish pair – from Belfast and Dublin respectively – performed the duo's six movements with passion and panache. Lively and joyful, the tunes were sure to have put a spring in the step of all in attendance – which included none other than Van Morrison.
The rock legend found himself amongst an audience of just 80 people, all of whom seemed to be loving it. A wonderful start to a unique festival.