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A religious experience for audience

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.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

Belfast Telegraph

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