Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 3 May 2015

Finding the right key to city's success

Cathal Breslin
Cathal Breslin

University of Ulster, Magee, Londonderry, Tuesday, August 3-7

The good news that Derry/Londonderry has been chosen as the UK City of Culture for 2013 underlines the amount of cultural activity that already goes on in the city. One example of this is the Walled City Music Festival which was established only last year by Derry-born pianist Cathal Breslin and his wife, the flautist Sabrina Hu.

According to the festival’s mission statement, it will feature “world-renowned classical musicians who are willing to contribute to the long-term cultural development both in the city and in Northern Ireland”.

Amongst those performing will be pianist Kathryn Stott who is no stranger to the world of music festivals, as she’s directed one or two of her own in her career. She and Cathal (right) will give a two-piano recital on Wednesday, August 4, at 8pm in the Great Hall at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus.

Like all good festivals, the organisers have kept arguably the biggest name until the end. Next Saturday the internationally acclaimed Belgian violinist Augustin Dumay will give performances of Brahms’ 3rd Violin Sonata, Schumann’s Three Romances and Franck’s exciting A-major Violin Sonata.

For further information visit www.walledcitymusicfestival.com

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